Aluminium and Plastics Systems (APS) is a private company that has grown from 14 staff in 2001 to 37 employees today. The five directors who originally set up the company have a wealth of experience in the aluminium and PVC industries.
It's one of the fastest growing architectural systems companies in Northern Ireland, distributing throughout the UK and Ireland.
Business in the Republic of Ireland has increased by 20% in the last two years and its work in Scotland has grown three-fold - a substantial level of success.
The company's main growth has been in architectural projects including the new GAA National Games Development Centre in west Dublin, apartments in Belfast's Titanic Quarter and all new Applegreen service stations in Ireland.
The company's storage facility has grown from a small corner of an empty warehouse, to a purpose-built 60,000 sq ft automated distribution centre.
This young and dynamic company has embarked on some very ambitious expansion plans for the future. To manage and control this expected growth they needed to upgrade their Financial and Sales Management platform. Their old and now dated Pegasus Opera II Software, with a costly supported bolt-on, needed to be replaced with a more modern solution that would provide their required functionality and much more as standard.
And the management and directors of APS decided that SAP Business One, from Craigavon based SAP partner FUEL, was the best management software solution for them. SAP Business One will provide them with the functionality they require without the need for any additional programming and additional costly support. SAP Business One will provided much more functionality as standard and is totally up-scalable - a very important aspect for APS considering the company's growth targets.
The nature of APS's business requires them to purchase raw material from Asia. This is then manufactured into various aluminium extrusions, a requiring government paperwork, and time-consuming calculations. With SAP Business One, APS will now accomplish this instantly, saving countless hours per person, every week. Eliminating the risk of human error from such lengthy calculations will provide a much higher level of accuracy.
APS will also benefit from an integrated CRM solution from SAP partner Boyum that will utilise more of the built-in functionality of Microsoft Office. This will provide the everyday familiarity of the Microsoft software, and yet be fully integrated with the SAP Business One back-office financial software. This will negate the need for a full standalone sales and marketing solution that would require additional licencing investment.
Ryan Smyth, SAP Business One consultant at FUEL, said: "Some months ago we won the contract to refresh APS's hardware infrastructure. That provided us with the opportunity to confirm our level of professionalism, and our technical ability. We're delighted that APS have built upon that trusted relationship and have decided to award us with a contract to deliver their new SAP Business One financial management solution".
Gary McNeil, managing director of Aluminium & Plastics Supplies, said: "When I first looked at SAP Business One, my initial concern was with my perception of the required investment in a system that had functionality on an enterprise scale.
"I am not exaggerating when I say, I was pleasantly shocked at the price of SAP Business One compared with the other more common and better known accounting solutions.
"We are delighted with our investment and its potential to grow with company. Having engaged FUEL to refresh our hardware some months ago, we are looking forward to working with them again in the future."