Strongline Autoparts sees success in the Cloud
Founded in the early 1970s, Strongline Autoparts is one of Ireland’s leading national wholesale automotive parts distributors supplying motor factors, government bodies and engine manufacturers.
Strongline has a strong commitment to continual investment in technology and as such, chose MAM Software as its provider for both hardware and software solutions.
Strongline Autoparts decided that Autopart Online was the solution to “modernise” its company.
Autopart Online is the versatile business management software that seamlessly integrates your sales, stock management, accounting and reporting processes in one easy-to-use package.
Autopart Online is also a cloud-based solution, with servers located in a data centre. A cloud-based solution increases security, removes the need for on-site servers and the maintenance required to ensure they run effectively.
David MacNeany, Strongline Autoparts director said that the move to Autopart Online was a success. “Almost 100 per cent of the set up was via remote implementation without any downtime,” he stated.
Once implementation was complete, the company noticed significant improvements across its system. “The first thing staff noticed were the speed improvements, previously our sales people would be waiting around for processes to complete and now they were happening instantly,” MacNeany said.
The staff also noted to MacNeany how easy it was to save files directly to their desktop and the printing capabilities had increased. “The printing may as well have been a local printer its that good, no matter the printer type there’s no dropouts,” MacNeany added.
Autopart Online aided Strongline in its day-to-day processes but MacNeany also noted how well the change from on-site servers to cloud solutions aided the business: “We were having to come in on a regular basis to fix or reboot the server, there may have been a Microsoft update in the middle of the night and this would generally stop the end of day completing.
“Now with Autopart Online, none of this is a problem any more as this is all taken out of our hands and I can’t remember the last time a day end has failed.”
Using a cloud-based solution ensures that all Microsoft updates and Autopart version updates are conducted by MAM and are done out of hours to ensure this does not disrupt working hours. A move to MAMs cloud-based solution ensures data is protected due to the advanced security features it offers.
Strongline Autoparts has successfully transitioned to using Autopart Online and is now looking at its next investments to continue its growth as a business.
“The next module we will be looking at is barcode scanners, possibly starting with the goods in module and expanding further as time goes on,” MacNeany concluded.
Mick Forrest, director at MAM Software added: “I’ve been happy to see Strongline Autoparts go from strength to strength in the automotive industry and the part that MAM Software’s applications have played in this.
“Utilising the right packages, they have excelled in the automotive aftermarket and there are many more applications available which will help them even further.”
MAM Software will be exhibiting at this year’s Auto Trade EXPO, which takes place from Saturday and Sunday, October 15-16 at the RDS Simmonscourt in Dublin.