Mo-Sys partners with Cedar Bay to implement Acumatica Cloud ERP

Mo-Sys is an industry leader in creating original and highly sophisticated camera technology products for film and broadcast. Specialising in camera tracking, broadcast robotics and camera remote systems, they are passionate about providing their customers with high quality, bespoke solutions. Based in North Greenwich, London and with a satellite office in Los Angeles, USA, Mo-Sys are globally recognised throughout their industry.

As a fast-growing organisation, with the anticipation of growing rapidly in the coming years, Mo-Sys recognised a need to unify its sales and manufacturing processes to scale up production and provide even better customer service.

Mo-Sys will be implementing Acumatica – Manufacturing Edition with CRM, as part of their project to unify their sales and manufacturing processes. Acumatica will allow for a streamlined operation and increased visibility throughout their processes, giving them a solution that can support them on their continued journey of growth.

We were really impressed by the breadth of functionality that Acumatica Cloud ERP offered out of the box. Having previously implemented IFS for a larger business I was reconciled to making compromises with a mid-market appropriate solution. However, the combination of Cedar Bay experience and Acumatica depth gives me every confidence this will be a lasting partnership in support of our growth goals.Nick Barthee, Director of Operations, Mo-Sys Engineering.

The Cedar Bay team are looking forward to working closely with the team at Mo-Sys to help support their operations with the Manufacturing Edition of Acumatica Cloud ERP, the world’s fastest-growing cloud ERP platform. Steve Fletcher, Director of Acumatica Practice at Cedar Bay commented on our new partnership,Mo-Sys are right at the heart of UK based, hi-tech innovation. I’m so pleased to be supporting their ambitions to be a global leader in video production and camera robotics.”

About Cedar Bay

Cedar Bay provide solutions to businesses to help improve their business processes. We focus on long-term partnerships with our customers to ensure that they have a business management solution that will help support their business both now and into the future.

To find out more about how we can help your business succeed with the right ERP solution, please get in touch with the team today.

 

About Mo-Sys

We are constantly striving to improve our products for clients. We always speak directly to the industry’s leading companies and listen to their ever-changing needs, providing them with our expertise and technical development.

Whether is it for a live on-air production, the latest Netflix series, or bespoke projects such as our work on the academy award-winning film Gravity, we always ensure our systems are successfully installed and optimized for production.

The food production industry has made great strides in supporting the growing demand for balanced diets in the UK. With the average shopping basket including less and less calories, sugars and salt, the public are starting to take their health seriously. From a production point of view, producers must start to get much more closely involved in public health issues, to support the need for a healthier population.

For example, in 2019 one of our customers Mademoiselle Desserts removed around 32 tons of sugar from their range and have been focusing on using less salt, sugar and fat whilst preserving flavours and textures.

Being mindful that consumers are looking for more nutritional products on the supermarket shelves, food producers are continuously looking to develop innovative approaches to products and product development. However, it’s not all about the innovative ideas. Supporting the innovation within your business with the right ERP solution, can help you manage that process far more effectively.

Recipe Development

From healthy snacks and ready-to-go meals, driven by busy lifestyles, the demands from the consumer are ever-changing. Food and beverage manufacturers must improve operational efficiencies and update their processes to be able to respond quickly to market trends. Competition when it comes to ‘health brands’ can be fierce and being able to better compete with new entrants to the market who specialise in these trends can be tough.

Responding to market changes like these quickly and effectively can be made easier with the right ERP solution. ERP platforms can support you in formulating new products and recipes to meet evolving customer requirements and trends. Not only that but you can gain greater control with recipe management, making new product development a far smoother process.

Transparency

Beyond the label matters. A greater demand for healthier food products, has been coupled with desire for more knowledge about the food that people are consuming. People want to know how a product has been produced and where products have come from. People want to purchase honest, responsible products, that are not only better for the environment, but their health and are demanding greater insight into items before they’ll consider a purchase. To be able to provide your customers with full traceability of their food items, requires a total end-to-end solution.

Data Insights and Competition

When utilising the right ERP solution you can start to take advantage of the data you have available. You can begin to understand your customers in better detail, with accurate, real-time information. This all plays a part in helping you meet customer demand effectively, with the products that your consumers desire.

With such a shift in the way people are choosing to eat, the growth within the healthy foods market continues. To face this challenge head on and deal with competitor activity in the marketplace, a modern ERP solution is vital to supporting success. From dealing with movements in the prices of commodity goods, through to managing government rules and regulations, embracing technology and digital transformation in such a demanding environment is required to remain competitive.

Ever-changing customer requirements

With a centralised database within your ERP solution you can see your efficiency vastly improve. In the food industry, simple access to data makes it easier to monitor and track perishable stock throughout the supply chain – giving true field to fork traceability. Coupled with demand forecasting capabilities within the ERP solution, it becomes far easier to predict demand and safeguard against waste and surplus stock.

Our diets connect personal and public health with global environmental sustainability. On people’s quests to develop a healthy diet and lifestyle, often eating sustainably comes hand in hand. Our customer, Jones Food Company, provides a further example of how specialists in the food and beverage industry are responding to changing consumer demands. Operating in the herb sector, they specialise in vertical farming, meaning they can grow produce all year round in the UK, giving continuity of supply, shorter growing time-frame and a reduced carbon footprint without reliance on imports. This ability to grow healthy, fresh produce all year round, gives people continued, affordable access to produce regardless of season.

Today market changes and fluctuations are happening in all areas of the food industry and are driven by a variety of health factors. Our customers are constantly monitoring these demands, including one of our customers, who specialise in herbs and salads. For them, staying aware of the most popular ingredients and general food trends can help them present to market in the most effective way possible. For example, in 2021 the herb market saw a growth of around 23%, driven by an increase in home cooking. Coupled with an increase in the interest of the nutritional and medicinal benefits of natural products, has resulted in a real demand for traditional herbs. Recognising and responding to these kinds of trends proactively is increasingly important to maintain a competitive edge.

Partnering for success

It’s clear to see that diet and health trends are considerably impacting the way in which the food and beverage industry operates. It’s also increasingly clear that technological advancements and support are key to helping businesses differentiate themselves and remain competitive in such demanding environments. Here at Cedar Bay we’ve got years of experience supporting food and beverage companies with their ERP implementations, to ensure that they are in the perfect position to keep up with the demands of the future.

Labour and skills shortages in the F&B manufacturing industry aren’t exactly new topics, but throw in a global pandemic, coupled with Brexit and the employment difficulties just keep increasing. The industry is reporting a widespread lack of staff. This goes beyond roles within manufacturing facilities, it also includes roles such as fruit and vegetable pickers, meat processors and HGV drivers.

Food and beverage producers have started to turn to several solutions to help solve this worker challenge, but there’s no easy way out. A combination of new operational processes, training opportunities and salary requirements are needed to be able to help battle this problem and meet the staffing needs across the industry. Whilst the industry needs to begin to address labour shortages today, it’s unlikely that this challenge will go away anytime soon.

How to tackle it?

With these ongoing shortages, it’s important that businesses look for new ways of working that don’t require bringing on even more people. Whilst some companies have turned to temporary workers to fill their gaps, it doesn’t offer a permanent solution or even fill the skills requirements necessary to carry out some of the roles.

Leaders in the field are recognising the need to adopt new technology to maximise scarce labour resources, support workforces and ramp up new hires as quickly as possible. Automation can offload time-consuming daily tasks, helping to increase operational efficiency with less resource. Automation is key to being able to help utilise the workers already in the industry, attract new workers and ultimately increase employee satisfaction to maintain staffing levels. Streamlining business operations can make a massive difference in the way in which your staff are able to work and the time which it takes them to carry out daily tasks.

The role of an ERP

Modern technology can also support a faster on-boarding process of new workers, helping to provide more information and supporting their productivity. Showing a strong interest in utilising technology to support your business processes can also be an attractive aspect to younger talents, helping increase your opportunities of gaining and maintaining new entrants into the market.

ERP platforms bring a new way to help increase automation and improve efficiency throughout your business, supporting your workers and helping you work in a smarter way. Implementing an ERP solution can help you address labour shortages, but also support your teams, helping you maintain employee morale and job satisfaction. Embracing digital transformation is a key factor in overcoming this challenge within the industry.

If you’re interested in discovering more about how we can help you overcome these challenges, please get in touch with our team!

 

Project Etopia partners with Cedar Bay to implement Acumatica Cloud ERP.

Project Etopia is at the forefront of delivering using modern methods of construction for a more sustainable, efficient, and resilient approach to Net Zero carbon buildings. The sustainable building systems that Project Etopia produce enables contractors, developers, and housing providers to deliver Net Zero carbon homes that are built to last, to be energy efficient and affordable. Creating socially impactful, innovative low carbon building and communities, Project Etopia aim to solve the global housing and environmental crises for the foreseeable.

Project Etopia required a solution that can support modern methods of construction (MMC) in a manufacturing context. The Acumatica Construction Edition is tailored to the construction industry to give a complete, real-time view of businesses anytime, anywhere. Providing a complete, mobile-enabled, cloud-based business management platform that will slot seamlessly into the Project Etopia back office.

“We quickly identified Acumatica as the right platform for us. We need cutting edge technology combined with industry-specific functionality that will grow with us. Acumatica really stood out in that regard. When we first engaged with Cedar Bay we knew we’d identified a team of professionals that we could work with, and that truly understood our mission.”

– Bill Hampton , Head of Manufacturing and Product Development at Project Etopia.

Built on cloud and mobile technology with a unique customer-centric licensing model, Acumatica Construction Edition delivers a suite of fully integrated construction software, including financials with job cost accounting, project management, field service, CRM and mobile. This enables teams to get the latest project reports, contracts, budgets, change orders, invoices, purchase orders, and job costs from wherever they are.

“Project Etopia are one of the most innovative organisations in the construction space right now. We are delighted to be supporting their mission to deliver sustainable housing at scale. The modern, open technology platform of Acumatica provides the best foundation for a combined solution stack that delivers the unique needs of construction.”

– Steve Fletcher, Acumatica Practice Director at Cedar Bay.

Cedar Bay is looking forward to embarking on this new partnership with Project Etopia and striving for a more sustainable future within construction together.

About Cedar Bay

Cedar Bay provide solutions to businesses to help improve their business processes. We focus on long-term partnerships with our customers to ensure that they have a business management solution that will help support their business both now and into the future.

To find out more about how we can help your business succeed with the right ERP solution, please get in touch with the team today.

Take a look here to find out more about Acumatica Construction Edition.

We’re pleased to announce that Venture Engineering has selected Cedar Bay as their Acumatica Cloud ERP solution partner.

Venture Engineering provide cutting-edge engineering skills and expertise to clients across the globe. Based in Witney, Oxfordshire, the business has been growing fast and needed a modern business management solution to support them on their journey.

Their team is made up of highly skilled engineers and technicians born out of the ever-growing world of motorsport and take on everything from fabrication of parts for Formula One cars, to designing and manufacturing prototype components for the green energy storage system. They cater to the privateer racing and historic motorsport audience, alongside niche projects for well-known racing brands.

Venture Engineering will be implementing a fully hosted Acumatica Cloud ERP solution (Manufacturing Edition), along with Project Accounting. They’re excited to see where Acumatica and Cedar Bay can take their business. Commenting on our partnership, Adrian Perkins, Operations Director of Venture Engineering said “We’re confident that Acumatica Cloud ERP will provide the best future-proof platform to support our growing business streamlining our processes and allow us to gain more meaningful insights into our operations.”

Steve Fletcher, Head of Acumatica Practice at Cedar Bay is looking forward to working closely with the Venture Engineering Team, “The UK has long been a world leader in the field of motorsport engineering and it’s fantastic to see Venture continue that trend. Growth friendly licensing and the extensive, cross-functional capabilities of Acumatica will ensure continued competitive advantage as they scale up and grow.”

 About Cedar Bay

Cedar Bay provide solutions to businesses to help improve their business processes. We focus on long-term partnerships with our customers to ensure that they have a business management solution that will help support their business both now and into the future.

To find out more about how we can help your business succeed with the right ERP solution, please get in touch with the team today.

LYNQ MES extends Cedar Bay’s portfolio of solutions to provide comprehensive manufacturing functionality to digitalise and drive factory performance. LYNQ’s MES (Manufacturing Execution System) integrates with Acumatica to provide visual planning and scheduling as well as comprehensive manual and automatic data collection and analysis from employees and machines to enable manufacturing companies to maximize efficiency, productivity, and profitability.

Cedar Bay works with Acumatica to bring efficiency, visibility, and automation to our customers worldwide. Acumatica’s great depth of functionality and Cedar Bay’s data capture solution enables us to do this. The team at Cedar Bay are excited to partner with LYNQ bringing the opportunity to our existing and future customers, extending this functionality even further and take advantage of a best of breed Manufacturing Execution System (MES). LYNQ has a native integration to Acumatica and is proven in the market to deliver further opportunities for return on investment in manufacturing environments.

“The long-term partnership we form with our customers is focus on maximising their return on investment (ROI). We are delighted to be able to provide a further route through partnering with LYNQ, allowing our existing and future customers to take advantage of the Manufacturing Execution System (MES) functionality in the LYNQ platform, natively integrated back to both Acumatica and IFS.” Matt Brown, Acumatica Operations Director

Cedar Bay has years of experience implementing large scale ERP solutions and establishing long-term partnerships with customers to deliver a bespoke solution. Cedar Bay has partnered with IFS ERP solution providers for many years, enabling the team to bring their vast amount of software and business practice knowledge to the forefront when delivering Acumatica projects. Our team help with effective strategic planning and creating roadmaps that focus on the delivery of the solution to meet customer requirements. Cedar Bay’s focus is to help our customers grow through their use of technology.

About LYNQ

LYNQ is reinventing manufacturing execution system (MES) software. Configurable, intelligent and quick to deploy, LYNQ helps manufacturers around the world thrive in today’s competitive market. LYNQ technology drives continuous improvement with plug and play manufacturing operations management software, that is easy to work with and enjoyable to use. Designed, developed and deployed to a high standard for a fraction of the typical cost, LYNQ MES accelerates digital transformation and automation initiatives to achieve delivery, quality and financial goals.

Find out more:

Cedar Bay: cedar-bay.com

Email: info@cedar-bay.com

Phone: +44 (0)1242 304244

LYNQ MES https://lynqmes.com/

Email: marketing@lynqmes.com

Phone: +441329800000

Cedar Bay partner with Home Curtains to optimise and extend their operations through Acumatica Cloud ERP.

We’re pleased to announce that manufacturer and distributor, Home Curtains will be implementing Acumatica’s Cloud ERP solution to help them control inventory, reduce errors, and provide real-time data.

Home Curtains are a leading designer and manufacturer of ready-made curtains, nets, voiles, and home accessories. Based in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Home Curtains is a second-generation business, remaining family owned since 1986.

With growth aspirations, Home Curtains recognised a need for change. In recent years having gone through sustainable restructuring of the business, the management team were looking to ensure longevity and scalability of the business and lacked a suitable ERP or Warehouse Management System to support them. They recognised the need to effectively increase sales, without compromising their service to trade partners.

Acknowledging the reliance on manual processes, with little visibility of real-time data and difficulties in spotting inaccuracies, Home Curtains have selected Cedar Bay to assist them through their growth plans. The Acumatica solution will provide real-time stock control and through a native integration with BigCommerce present live-stock availability as well as links to e-commerce marketplaces.

The Cedar Bay team are excited to be working with Home Curtains to improve their processes and create a reliable, automated system that can support them in achieving their goals. Commenting on our partnership Home Curtains Finance Director, Stacy Clifford, said “We’re excited to be partnering with Cedar Bay and are looking forward to seeing some strong business outcomes in the coming months. We’re confident that Acumatica is the ideal foundation to help meet our goals and help support us into the future.”

Steve Fletcher, Acumatica Practice Director at Cedar Bay, adds “Increasingly we are seeing small and mid-sized B2B businesses branching out in order to achieve growth.  Acumatica, with its cloud-based credentials and proven integrations to benchmark providers, has lowered the barriers.  We are delighted to welcome Home Curtains into our family of clients.”

We’re looking forward to Home Curtains thriving with their new Acumatica Cloud solution.

 

Why did our team here at Cedar Bay choose to become an Acumatica Partner? And why has Acumatica risen through the ranks to become a leader in their field?

Whilst it can be useful to learn from videos and feature lists, sometimes you want to hear from real people about real experiences, how will your systems actually perform on a day-to-day basis? That’s where groups like Gartner become important. Gartner, a leading information technology research and advisory company, says Acumatica is well-aligned with Gartner’s vision of Postmodern ERP.

Their reports have highlighted how Acumatica users have seen improvements from the solution. From improving business efficiency, through to benefiting from the flexible pricing structure, Acumatica customers have seen real value from selecting the platform. Gartner analysts have further applauded Acumatica for their strong partner strategy, alongside their digital technology roadmap and their product capabilities. A solution designed with customers in mind. To take a look at that report click here.

Why we’ve become an Acumatica Partner

With such a strong reputation and the perfect level of functionality for small to medium sized businesses Cedar Bay and Acumatica have some together to combine expertise with a highly functional solution, to give customers exactly what they need. Roger Teagle, CEO & Founder of Cedar Bay, is joined by Sanket Akerkar, Chief Revenue Officer at Acumatica, to discuss our partnership and why we think we’re the right fit. Take a look at the video below to see what they have to say.

The challenge is on for selecting a new ERP… but where do I begin? If you find yourself asking this question, we can help get you on your way. Selecting an ERP solution that fits your business is a very important task to undertake. Follow our simple tips to start the selection process with confidence.

Steve Fletcher, Head of Acumatica Practice at Cedar Bay and Dave Whitfield, Industry Expert explore ERP selection in the video below. Take a look to find out more about discovering the best functional fit for your business!

If ‘best-of-breed’​ sounds old-fashioned, what you need is an ‘integrated stack’​…

It’s been said that the technology industry tends to go in circles. A more generous assessment might be that it iterates, with each cycle improving on the last.

20+ years ago the strategy was to cobble together applications that provided the requisite depth of functionality to fulfill a particular business need: best-of-breed. The overall success of the approach was often determined by the ability of vendors and clients to integrate those applications into a cohesive solution. It resulted in future pain relating to the highly varied life cycles of the components involved in almost all cases. No sooner had you got your overall solution live, one or more vendors were announcing their sunsetting schedule, which meant revisiting the integration, and so on.

The industry response to this was the “Suite”. The complete range of functionality you require from a single vendor. Many vendors pursued “Suite” status by acquiring point solutions and weaving them into their core offering. The result looked good on paper; the integration and product life cycle challenge had been transferred to the vendor.

In reality, the “Suite” often diluted the depth of functionality available. Usability suffered as vendors struggled to apply a veneer of commonality across a product comprised of very different technologies. Although benefiting from a single roadmap, upgrades became hugely complex, with significant releases often leveraged by vendors to streamline the underlying technology.

Do I Need a Stack or a Suite?

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I recently read a quote from Dan Matthews, CTO at IFS – “The truth is….Enterprises need to use both suites and stacks in symbiosis”. This makes sense. Since no one vendor can accommodate 100% of requirements wouldn’t it be better to establish a foundation of core capabilities, delivered on a platform designed to enable easy integration to third-party applications?

Choose Your Foundation Wisely

A note of caution, it’s not easy for vendors to completely refresh their products to fit this new model. Many are lashed to technology decisions made long ago, before the rise of cloud computing, that will take years to unravel.

Acumatica Manufacturing

Acumatica, a relative newcomer at just 14 years old, has the advantage of youth.

Designed in and for the cloud, the underlying technology platform perfectly reflects the open architecture of modern applications. Robust core modules are seamlessly integrated to enable uninterrupted workflow across the procure-to-pay and quote-to-cash processes.

Developers are given programmatic access to the Acumatica Cloud through publicly available interfaces (Open APIs). Fully documented and built to universal industry standards, these APIs support a flourishing community of Independent Software Vendors (ISVs).

To illustrate, Acumatica has a perfectly functional B2B Portal to support customer bulk ordering, case management, account details etc. However, for the full B2C experience they support a native connector to market leaders such as BigCommerce. Indeed, as more B2B customers raise their expectations of online purchasing based on their own personal B2C experience, it’s logical to exploit more of the expertise provided by best-of-breed.

On the procurement side, Acumatica features at least 3 approaches to inventory replenishment that provide satisfying options for many clients. For the minority with more complex requirements, these can be addressed through a fully supported integration to a third party, such as EazyStock – leaders in the inventory optimisation space.

What Does It All Mean?

If you’re looking to refresh the tools that help run your business, it’s no longer a choice between Suite or Stack. It’s about making smart use of both approaches. The choice of foundation platform is critical.

Put plenty of emphasis on open architectures with good, demonstrable support for the ISV community. Dig deeper than the long list of “partners” on a “marketplace”. Some vendors will have made difficult choices and do unnatural things to integrate their applications into established ecosystems, in order to get access to that audience. These compromises will introduce technical debt, impact future costs and constrain your ability to adapt.

Finally, seek help. Business transformation on this scale can be a daunting prospect. Most businesses will only contemplate it every 5-8 years. So bring in an expert, a partner with expertise in your sector. They will be best placed to help you define exactly what you need for the unique, integrated stack to help your business grow through the next cycle of improvement.

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Steve Fletcher, Director Acumatica Practice, Cedar Bay

I help people who are good at making things make them more efficiently, with less waste, to a higher standard, as profitably as they can. Technology can help, but only if it’s applied with a keen eye for the real challenges and barriers facing businesses today.

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