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Getting more mileage out of business systems

Powertex Group works hand-in-hand with clients to develop new and unique branded merchandise. It needed its business systems to adapt just as flexibly to manage custom orders.

The Challenge

Powertex used a collection of custom, patchworked-together software to produce licensed apparel orders. Each system worked well independently, but integration was impossible. Powertex wanted to replace its homegrown technology network with a single, cloud-based platform. But transitioning from a set of custom solutions to standard enterprise software was daunting — especially since Powertex still wanted tailored capabilities.

The Solution

Powertex chose NetSuite as its enterprise resource planning (ERP) system and enlisted Wipfli to customize the solution. With out-of-the-box software, work orders produce one “definition” of a finished good. Wipfli made it possible for Powertex to customize the bill of material on an order-by-order basis. Wipfli also adjusted the ERP so it could process multiple work orders at once. Now, Powertex can produce multiple variations of a product (e.g., size, color) in one order.

I don’t believe we would have had this level of success with such a custom implementation with any other team.
Ryan Thompson Director of Operations at Powertex

The results

By streamlining its tech stack, Powertex eliminated data silos and redundant, manual processes. Wipfli’s custom development work gave the company the flexibility and scalability to produce high-quality custom orders. The system is easy to use and accessible, and the company is protected against knowledge loss since it’s not reliant on homemade software. Now each department can manage its own data, which has increased efficiency and visibility overall.