WoodWare Systems, a division of the software development company Data Communications Corporation (DCC), uses InterSystems’ technology to build breakthrough applications for the millwork industry. Realizing that their warehouse management module could be used by other industries, DCC launched a new division, DCC eXacTrax, to market WarehouseXT to other software value-added resellers. WoodWare chose to base WarehouseXT on InterSystems Ensemble®, a seamless platform for integration and the creation of connectable applications, because they knew the new product would need to be deployed in, and connect to, a wide variety of environments.
“Ensemble comes with ready-made adapters for connecting via a wide variety of technologies,” says Steve Sutton, Senior Systems Analyst at WoodWare Systems, “and it has a toolkit for building your own if you need to. Having that flexibility made us confident that we could successfully expand into new markets.”
In fact, it was Ensemble’s ability to “speak” SQL that helped WarehouseXT be selected by Goebel Fixture Company a leading store fixture manufacturer. Goebel Fixture Company designs, manufactures, and installs store fixtures for luxury retailers. As they searched for a system that could automate their warehouse operations, one critical requirement was the ability to interface with their ERP system. “We evaluated several solutions,” recalls Goebel President and CEO Matthew Field. “WarehouseXT was a good fit because it could interface and provide real-time communications with our ERP system. Plus, it could be customized to fit our exact needs.”
The deployment and integration of WarehouseXT and TrakWare was planned in stages. The first two, which were receiving and shop picking, ended up being combined and together took only three months to implement. “Everything went very smoothly,” says Sutton. “Because of Ensemble, we could leverage quite a lot of the testing and communications capabilities that are built into WarehouseXT. That saved us some time.”
He continues: “I also think Ensemble helped everyone – us, the developers of the ERP system, and the Goebel implementation team – work together better. Ensemble became a sort of ‘neutral meeting ground.’ It saves every message that passes through the system, so when the inevitable implementation glitches occurred, having that information allowed us to very quickly isolate the issue (both what and where) and make the necessary adjustments.”
Since implementing WarehouseXT, Goebel has seen improvements in both productivity and information visibility and flow. “The system knows where items in the warehouse are right down to the bin location, and the items are verified by a barcode scan. That significantly reduces picking times and virtually eliminates picking errors,” Field says. “Plus, receipts and production picks are visible in real time, both from the WarehouseXT system as well as the ERP system. Our project managers have a more accurate picture of inventory movements.”
Because of the connectivity Ensemble gives to WarehouseXT, we can diversify, and grow our customer base.
Nick Carter, President
Nick Carter, President of DCC said “Going into the Goebel implementation we were confident that we had the tools from Ensemble to do the job efficiently. Happily, it exceeded all of our expectations.”
Carter plans on using WarehouseXT and Ensemble to help DCC/WoodWare break into more vertical markets. “With the housing slump, our millwork customers are being very cautious in their capital spending,” he says. “Because of the connectivity Ensemble gives to WarehouseXT, we can diversify, and grow our customer base.”