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Team Lotus (rebranded as the Caterham F1 team for 2012) achieves rapid growth with Microsoft Dynamics AX and eBECS.
“It was imperative to us that the ERP system strictly control and manage our stock,” said Richard St Clair-Quentin, commercial manager at Team Lotus. “Our cars are highly engineered, and we use expensive materials, such as carbon fibre and titanium, so we have to be sure that we have full control and visibility over purchasing, manufacturing, stock holding and material consumption, all of which is underpinned by Microsoft Dynamics AX.”
Microsoft Dynamics AX implemented by eBECS is the best solution for our needs. The interface is familiar, it is scalable and t gives us solid financial governance and support.
Richard St Clair-Quentin, Team Lotus Microsoft Gold Certified Partner eBECS managed the development of the solution across Team Lotus’ entire operation. In addition, just four weeks after go-live, eBECS was able to hand over the running of the solution.
“Microsoft Dynamics AX is used in the finance, manufacturing and purchasing departments,” said Stephen Wilson at eBECS. “From the very first day, even before the FIA confirmed the team’s entry into the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championships, we recognised that the ERP system would have to accommodate rapid change and be easy to use but equally provide robust control over the entire enterprise. This relied heavily on our industry knowledge and experience.”
The Microsoft ERP solution helps the Formula One team manage 5,000 separate components that make up the car, all of which need to be purchased and stored before they are used in the manufacturing process.
“Every part of the process has to be right,” St Clair-Quentin said. “There is no room for error, so timing is crucial. We have relied heavily on the expertise of the eBECS team to implement Microsoft Dynamics AX to monitor and manage this process. When the Grand Prix season starts, we drop everything to go racing, and on occasion this has meant leaving eBECS in charge of the wheel until we are back. It hasn’t let us down.”
In the future, eBECS expects to broaden the scope of Microsoft Dynamics AX, expanding warehouse stock and manufacturing control, improving supplier management, increasing the facility to report the impact analysis of engineering changes, and implementing financial business process improvements.
“Microsoft Dynamics AX implemented by eBECS is the best solution for our needs,” St Clair-Quentin said. “The interface is familiar, which is helpful when the team is growing so quickly and in such numbers; it is scalable, so it can expand with our needs; and it gives us solid financial governance and support in our fast-moving enterprise.”