When an automotive supplier finds themselves spending significant time meeting the mission-critical requirement of exchanging error-free Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) information with the major carmakers, how can they focus on their products? Being innovative and producing high-quality products are a must to remain viable in the automotive industry, but the increased technology and headcount it takes to keep up with in-house EDI systems can become quite a challenge.

The Challenge: Concentrate On Core Business While Meeting EDI Requirements

This is where Plasan Carbon Composites found themselves. Plasan, a carbon fiber automotive components manufacturer is at the forefront of their industry. They are thriving in the current market and were looking to find ways to handle their EDI while putting significant resources toward their core business goals: creating components to reduce the weight of cars and increase fuel efficiency. With three manufacturing shifts running 24/7, setting up an in-house EDI system was neither desirable or efficient.

The Solution: Outsourcing To EDI In The Cloud

Plasan decided to implement both QAD Cloud EDI and QAD Cloud ERP at the same time. Very little modification was needed and the entire process took less than three months.

“QAD Cloud EDI was the right choice for Plasan because we prefer having expert management of our EDI communications and translation services without having to hire and develop a dedicated EDI staff.”

“QAD Cloud EDI was the right choice for Plasan because we prefer having expert management of our EDI communications and translation services without having to hire and develop a dedicated EDI staff,” commented Phil Austin, Plasan’s QAD Systems Manager. “EDI is crucial for our relationships with our customers and it is a great advantage being able to depend on QAD Cloud EDI for their experience, knowledge and support.”

Benefits Of Cloud EDI

It didn’t take long for Plasan to realize tremendous benefits of moving their EDI to the cloud. The systems manager only needs to devote about 10 percent of his time to EDI, while 90 percent of his focus can be on future manufacturing plans. “Most companies our size would require full-time EDI administrators but we don’t thanks to QAD Cloud EDI,” continues Austin. “Day-to-day EDI operations run smoothly. QAD Cloud EDI is great at catching errors and fixing them. Our interaction with the QAD team is really good.” Read the full story on Plasan’s experience with implementing a cloud EDI solution that allows them to have more time to focus on their core business goals.

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