Achieving ERP Nirvana: Manufacturer Scraps Legacy System for Dynamics AX

What happens when a steel cabinet manufacturer decides to scrap its “big iron?” When Borroughs Corporation decided to trade in its mainframe legacy system for Microsoft Dynamics AX, the company reduced its ongoing IT costs by two-thirds.

Based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Borroughs makes steel storage systems for libraries, retail stores, warehouses, museums, and other customers. The company had an old system that was reliable and did what it was designed to do-but that cost too much to keep up-to-date and was unable to accommodate changes needed to keep up with new business requirements. Borroughs especially wanted to get greater insight into production planning so that it could estimate costs and delivery times more accurately when bidding on projects. That capability was crucial to winning new business and applied to 65 percent of the company’s revenue made from engineer-to-order projects.

“The annual software maintentance costs for Microsoft Dynamics AX are roughly 1/3 what it would have cost for our previous solution.” Kai Stankey, IT Manager, Borroughs. Now, with Microsoft Dynamics AX, managers at Borroughs have the information they need to plan and execute.