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Novum Structure selects Microsoft Dynamics AX and SAGlobal

Headquartered near Milwaukee, WI and with offices in the US, Germany, UK, China, India, Turkey, and Italy, Novum Structures is one of the world’s leading specialty contractors for hightechnology spatial architectural structures and enclosures. Novum Structures’ high-tech architectural enclosures include atriums, roofs, canopies, facades, and other structures that are found in museums, airports, resorts, shopping malls, and commercial and government buildings.

Novum Structures provides an integrated set of services that span the lifecycle of developing their structures. Novum’s engineers and project managers provide design, development, pre-construction, engineering, and project management services to ensure that their clients’ design, budget, and schedule criteria are met.

Background

Headquartered near Milwaukee, WI and with offices in the US, Germany, UK, China, India, Turkey, and Italy, Novum Structures is one of the world’s leading specialty contractors for high technology spatial architectural structures and enclosures. Novum Structures’ high-tech architectural enclosures include atriums, roofs, canopies, facades, and other structures that are found in museums, airports, resorts, shopping malls, and commercial and government buildings.

Novum Structures provides an integrated set of services that span the lifecycle of developing their structures. Novum’s engineers and project managers provide design, development, pre-construction, engineering, and project management services to ensure that their clients’ design, budget, and schedule criteria are met.

Situation

Prior to investigating new business software platforms, Novum Structures had been using the MAS/90 accounting software system to manage their business. As MAS/90 was not designed to be an advanced project accounting and management platform, Novum Structures was performing a number of their project oriented business processes manually through disconnected Excel spreadsheets and other tools. This resulted in a number of manual and redundant steps within their core business processes, made project management very difficult, and limited their reporting capabilities.

As Novum’s organization grew and expanded into several foreign countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, their management team determined that it was imperative that the organization gain better visibility of their foreign operations and put additional controls in place across their business that would lead to more effective project delivery.

The Solution

After evaluating several alternative ERP solutions, Novum Structures selected Microsoft Dynamics AX as their new business platform. SAGlobal was chosen to provide implementation services to help them with their Microsoft Dynamics AX rollout.

SAGlobal worked with the Novum Structures project team to deploy Microsoft Dynamics AX as the organization’s new platform for financial management, project accounting, and supply chain management processes. In addition to supporting Novum’s core accounting and project management processes, Novum Structures also provides “build” services for the procurement, fabrication, and installation of their enclosures. As such, they required the implementation of the Dynamics AX supply chain management area as well.

The project accounting and project management solution includes an integrated framework for setting up, budgeting, costing, and invoicing their projects, and utilizes a web-based timesheet system to collect and approve project time. Novum Structures’ US organization was implemented first, followed by the implementation of their foreign subsidiaries.

Benefits

With the use of a single integrated Microsoft Dynamics AX enterprise software system across their organization, Novum Structures has been able to improve their visibility and control over their global business. In addition, by integrating their accounting, project management, and supply chain execution processes into a single application, Novum Structures has been able to streamline many of their core business processes which were previously done manually, as well as achieve a level of project control that helps them more effectively deliver their services to their clients.

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