Under the deal, HFE will deploy Pronto’s Xi ERP and BI software tool-set, fully integrated solution which includes financial, distribution, manufacturing, point-of-sale and warehouse management tools with built in business intelligence from IBM Cognos.
The solution will help HFE control costs, improve operating efficiencies and profitability, while offering flexibility across multiple sites, staff teams and locations.
According to Andrew Wexler, chief financial officer at HFE, HFE selected Pronto Software based on the “breadth and depth of services and solutions the team offered.”
Wexler said the implementation would begin immediately and be carried out through a series of rollouts over the next two years.
On completion on the deployment, HFE will become Pronto’s largest installed client in North America.
Wexler said Pronto Software’s approach to engagement played an important part in “setting it apart from other vendors.”
“The Pronto team took the time to really listen and learn about our business, talk to our staff and build a detailed understanding of our operations and unique requirements from the very beginning. Their consultative approach specifically demonstrated how Pronto’s software could deliver improved business outcomes from our operations.”
Pronto vice president for in North America, Terry Leister said: “From the very early stages in our discussions with HFE, we came with an approach to improve operations, processes and help the business’ bottom line. The Pronto Software model of engagement involves consulting and listening to customer needs to discover how our technology can be tailored to resolve their business challenges.”
Leister also said customising Pronto Software’s modular solutions to suit HFE’s specific needs would form an important part of the implementation.
“Pronto Software’s flagship solution, Pronto Xi, offers a range of modular solutions to users and includes direct integration with IBM’s Cognos BI tool-set. It will also be used to centralize a range of point-of-sale retail operations at HFE to allow for more efficient reporting, systems management and forecasting.”