10 August 2017
Sigma 3 implements IFS Applications 9 to support strong business growth
Wales-based kitchen manufacturer and retailer, Sigma 3, chooses IFS Applications 9 after outgrowing its old application suite.
IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announces that Sigma 3, the kitchen manufacturer and retailer, will implement IFS Applications™ 9 to improve planning and support business growth. The implementation will be carried out by systems integration specialist Cooper Software, one of IFS’s authorised channel and services partners in the UK.
Operating from Llantrisant in South Wales since 1975, Sigma 3 is a market leading designer, manufacturer, and retailer of high-quality kitchens and bedrooms, with eight stores and a network of third-party retailers. Over the past five years, Sigma 3 has doubled its revenue and has plans for further expansion and growth.
With production tools incorporating over 20,000 different cabinet configurations alone, Sigma 3’s IT infrastructure must deal with a high degree of complexity through its manufacturing, sales ordering, and finance systems. The company’s intricate and distributed IT architecture, coupled with its rapid growth, meant Sigma 3 needed to implement a single system that could support its growth over the next ten years. With IFS Applications 9, Sigma 3 will have a highly configurable and scalable, consolidated enterprise application suite, which will enable the business to deal confidently with its manufacturing and assembling processes, today and in the future.
Cooper Software was selected by Sigma 3 to implement the project, which commenced in March 2017. Cooper Software will provide the company with a dedicated project management team as well as functional and technical consulting support in order to facilitate the integration, set up and configuration of IFS Applications 9. Furthermore, the company will give Sigma 3 access to its dedicated support desk, providing an additional level of support to the business throughout the implementation process and beyond.
“At the moment, we have a number of systems, including a bespoke manufacturing and sales ordering system, and a separate finance package. These systems have served us well, however our business is outgrowing them,” said Chris Toozer, Finance Director at Sigma 3. “Throughout our search for the efficiency gains that one unified system would bring, IFS and Cooper Software demonstrated that IFS Applications 9 would be a perfect fit to deal with our complicated manufacturing and assembling processes. This is not just an implementation, this will affect our entire business, and we’re going into this fully committed. We look forward to working very closely with IFS and Cooper Software once the project begins.”
Frank Cooper, Managing Director at Cooper Software, said, “As we learned about Sigma 3’s business, we knew that IFS would be a good fit – especially with our understanding of the complex nature of the manufacturing industry. IFS Applications 9 has a flexible, open architecture that enables users to configure the product and adapt it to their business. This will ensure Sigma 3 are able to get exactly what they need from the solution to meet the individual challenges of their business. We have delivered many IFS implementation projects, 15 in the past year alone, and as a result, we have the knowledge and experience required to really understand what is required to deliver a robust solution, on time and on budget. We’ve really enjoyed working with Sigma 3 so far, and are looking forward to starting this project.”
Antony Bourne, Global Industry Director for Manufacturing at IFS added, “IFS works extensively in the manufacturing industry and we are delighted that Sigma 3 has chosen to replace its existing enterprise application suite with IFS Applications 9. Sigma 3 will be making full use of the modules within the IFS package, including manufacturing, payroll, finance and CRM. IFS Applications 9 will provide Sigma 3 with greater visibility and transparency into performance and financial reporting, as well as an increase in productivity due to the efficiency gains of a single integrated system.”
For more information about how IFS helps customers in the manufacturing sector, please visit: http://www.ifsworld.com/uk/industries/industrial-manufacturing/
About Sigma 3
Sigma 3 is a family run business that manufacture their own kitchens in their state of the art 60,000 sq ft factory based in South Wales. The company currently has 8 dedicated Sigma 3 showrooms across England and Wales, along with a commercial team that delivers kitchens through local builders, housing developers and independent retailers. The company’s main focus is to give their customers a high quality product and exceptional service. Throughout the years they have been at the forefront of kitchen design, creating innovative products that set them apart from their competitors.
For more information on Sigma 3 Kitchens visit sigma3.co.uk
About Cooper Software
Cooper Software is a leading technology consultancy delivering successful and innovative business change to its clients.
As a systems integration specialist Cooper Software focuses on making its clients’ business systems work harder for them. Whether that’s fitting an ERP system to meet unique business processes, enhancing systems with bespoke applications, or providing round the clock support using specifically developed skills, tools and utilities, Cooper Software has the breadth and depth of technical knowledge to make it work.
Cooper Software is an IFS Business Partner, and a Qlik and NetSuite Solution Provider and since being founded in 2005, it has grown to become one of Europe’s largest independent provider of products, consulting services and 24/7 support for ERP and Business Intelligence Solutions. Cooper Software has provided over 750 enterprise and BI solutions for over 200 clients all over the world.
Cooper Software is headquartered in Fife, Scotland.
For more information on Cooper Software, please visit http://www.coopersoftware.co.uk/
IFS™ develops and delivers enterprise software for customers around the world who manufacture and distribute goods, maintain assets, and manage service-focused operations. The industry expertise of our people and solutions, together with commitment to our customers, has made us a recognised leader and the most recommended supplier in our sector. Our team of 3,300 employees supports more than one million users worldwide from a network of local offices and through our growing ecosystem of partners. For more information. For more information visit: www.ifsworld.com