SICK is one of the world’s leading producers of sensors and sensor solutions for industrial applications. The company, founded in 1946, has a global presence with almost 50 subsidiaries and participations as well as numerous sales agencies. SICK currently employs over 5,000 employees worldwide, and achieved sales of EUR 748.9 m in 2010. From factory automation to logistics automation and process automation, SICK is one of the leading producers of sensors. SICK (UK) Ltd is based in St Albans, Hertfordshire.
SICK UK has specified PrecisionPoint Business Intelligence (BI) software for ‘out of the box’ management and production reporting. The decision to implement PrecisionPoint is based on the software’s ability to allow perfect reconciliation of the business warehouse to the underlying ERP; providing complete confidence in the integrity of the reporting system.
Unlike traditional BI systems, which use extract, transform and load programs to select discrete segments of an ERP system to load into many multidimensional cubes, PrecisionPoint views the ERP as a whole and considers the journey of the transaction through the various ledgers, accessing and combining key information into a usable form. By leveraging the ERP database as if the BI layer is an extension of the accounting system, the data benefits from the tight validation routines that the ERP system imposes on data entry and data quality can be assured. It is this guarantee of accuracy that appeals most to SICK UK who are part of a European sub-group of twelve members that all use Microsoft Dynamics. Dave Benbow, Senior Manager, SICK UK commented: “We have chosen PrecisionPoint because we need accuracy of data across our entire reporting and analysis environment. There are so many ways of getting figures out of Dynamics in a segmented way but we always end up with discrepancies and hours of reconciliation when trying to match back to our true figures. With PrecisionPoint you always start from the headline figure which measures your business – your profit and loss – and then you can drill down to any level of detail. I haven’t found another piece of software that can do that.”
SICK UK has chosen to acquire the software by signing a Subscription Licensing Option with PrecisionPoint, the only company operating in the mid-market Business Intelligence space to deliver a full managed on premise service for a monthly fee.
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