Prepackaged Consulting Services

Sometimes, built-in, best-practice processes can be valuable—and ideal for the company seeking to build processes from scratch, or improve on poorly performing processes. For accelerated implementations, Jeeves offers prepackaged consulting services. These services are based on pre-built configurations of our solutions, with a set number of services hours to fit the solution to your environment.

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Consulting Services

The Jeeves mission is defined as helping our customers to competitively differentiate themselves through the automation of unique business processes. And while providing high-fit, feature-rich software gets us part of the way there, we know that employing industry, product and process experts who can provide a broad range of both traditional and non-traditional services, as well as world-class support and education, is critical to achieving our vision.

The Jeeves consulting services team has developed a unique services methodology that fosters a deep understanding of our customers’ businesses and industries in order to act as a trusted business advisor. The Jeeves Agile Methodology is a rapid deployment methodology that utilizes iterative, time-boxed development techniques to deliver high-fit, configured solutions for our customers around the globe. As an organization that supports both cloud and on-premise solution deployments, we recognize that some services are best delivered remotely by a highly skilled team, while others are more effectively delivered by local consultants working directly with customers. Each services engagement is unique, but our methodology allows us to first understand a customer’s needs, and then apply the right mix of resources, keeping costs down while still meeting project requirements.

Jeeves service deployments leverage a variety of service types, including:

Complementary Solution Consulting

The Jeeves consulting services team maintains in-house expertise on all complementary solutions from our third-party technology partners that integrate with Jeeves. As such, Jeeves provides complementary solution consulting services that help customers implement, integrate and configure these solutions with their core application.

Business Intelligence (BI) Consulting Services

Jeeves Business Intelligence is an adaptable analysis and decision support system, powered by QlikView, which either can be run as an integrated part of your system or stand-alone in a web browser or mobile interface. QlikView’s in-memory associative search technology allows users to freely explore information from multiple sources, rather than being confined to a predefined path of questions. The Jeeves BI consulting service can help you identify the key measurements and performance indicators that are important to your business, as well as build the reports and dashboards that will help you monitor them. The service also can help you span beyond your ERP system data, and view it alongside data from disparate sources.

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Consulting Services

When our customers demonstrate the need to manage complex customer relationships and require more robust CRM functionality than what is offered in our core system, Jeeves offers Microsoft Dynamics CRM as an integrated solution. The Jeeves CRM consulting service helps you implement and configure the Microsoft Dynamics CRM solution to align with your existing sales, service and support processes, while providing a seamless integration to your ERP solution from Jeeves.

 

Technical Consulting Services

Our technical consultants take on highly technical projects, ranging from customizations and bespoke development to infrastructure or application managed services.

Customizations and Bespoke Development

While our products give you and your IT team the power to develop your own fields, forms, process workflows, and reports, sometimes is easier and faster to outsource the project. The Jeeves Technical Consulting group can assist with any level of customization or bespoke development project. Whether you need functional modifications, report writing, custom-built apps, or integration services, the Jeeves technical consulting team is available to provide development services atop any Jeeves solution.

Mobile Solution Development

One of the most common development services Jeeves provides is mobility solutions. Regardless of the hardware or OS, the Jeeves technical consulting team can build apps and mobile applications that will bring your ERP functionality to phones and tablets and deliver ubiquitous connectivity to your workforce. 

Technical Readiness

Whether you plan to deploy your Jeeves solution on premise or on the cloud, most companies typically need their infrastructure to support at least four different environments prior to an implementation, including training, development, test and production environments. Our Technical Readiness service takes advantage of the Jeeves Cloud offering to spin up these environments for you at a fraction of the cost and investment. When it’s time to go live, you can move forward with the environments you choose in the cloud, or move them on premise if that’s your preference.

On-Premise Infrastructure Readiness

Our On-Premise Infrastructure Readiness service is not a managed service; rather, it is a one-time engagement meant to augment and accelerate your initial implementation. During an on-premise infrastructure service engagement, the Jeeves team will install and configure your internal servers and ensure the desktop application is properly integrated into your network. The infrastructure services team will also make recommendations, based on your existing environment, for security, monitoring, backup and recovery. Once the infrastructure is in place, and your IT team properly trained, we hand back the controls to be handled within your four walls.

Managed Services

Jeeves offers a range of application and infrastructure managed services, for both on premise and cloud solution deployments. Our managed service offerings include full service, end-to-end support of either your application and/or your infrastructure, essentially removing that burden from your internal IT team. Managed services combine the use of proven third party tools with a dedicated and skilled team of product experts to provide you a range of services, such as regular monitoring and provisioning; backup and recovery; security management; or patch and upgrade management. Customers use managed services to achieve a number of benefits, including faster system deployment; lower total cost of ownership; access to deeper infrastructure and application expertise; and improved security, control and uptime.

Application Consulting Services

Sometimes, a product expert who knows your solution inside and out … who has seen it implemented and used across hundreds of companies and witnessed thousands of use cases for each and every feature …  is just what you need. At Jeeves, we think the strongest software solution is one that will preserve the unique business processes of its users—workflows that capture the core of a company’s competitive advantage. To ensure your software is tightly aligned with the way you work, Jeeves offers application consulting services that can be tailored to meet just about any specific need.

Our application consultants have deep experience across the functional areas of our systems, including financial management, sales management, customer relationship management, manufacturing and production, projects and attendance, supply chain management, product management, service management and business intelligence. With your unique business in mind, our application consultants will combine their industry expertise with their knowledge of the application to deliver a personalized solution. With more than 500 years of combined experienced, Jeeves employs a tenured team of experts ready to help you take your business to the next level.

Implementation Consulting

Our unique implementation approach means we provide seamless, start-to-finish support of your business system implementation while helping you manage your implementation costs and minimizing business disruption. Utilizing our proven services methodology, we will provide the tools, documentation and best practices that help prioritize your project scope and requirements, manage the process for change, as well as set project expectations.

Calibration Services

Jeeves Calibration services are meant to ensure that all of your original system objectives are being met, and identify areas for improvement. Our Calibration services can be specific to a functional area or across all operational process flows. The service results in an inspection report that examines the alignment of business processes with existing system configuration. The report provides both observations and recommendations, including the identification of issues and their apparent root causes. Recommendations will be provided on how to overcome process inefficiencies, as well as documentation on how to better configure and/or utilize your Jeeves solution(s). 

Väderstad

Väderstad selects Jeeves ERP for rapid growth

Having seen sales quintuple over the course of a decade, Väderstad needed to reassess its business processes and acquire a modern, flexible, fully-integrated ERP system, capable of supporting the company’s projected growth across 12 international markets.

The vision, ”To deliver highly effective machines and methods to modern agriculture,” is an essential success factor for family-owned Väderstad Verken AB, based in Väderstad, Sweden. In 2011, the company had revenues of $255 million, which represented a five-fold increase since 2000. Väderstad has approximately 1000 employees in twelve countries, operating twelve fully-owned dealerships and two manufacturing companies. 
 

RAPID GROWTH CALLS FOR A NEW ERP 

By the mid-2000’s, constantly increasing demand, expansion into new markets, and precipitated product development resulted in a demand for a new ERP system. In two consecutive years, Väderstad had doubled its revenues and this robust growth required an ERP system capable of supporting ongoing expansion. In 2008, the decision was made to replace Väderstad’s existing ERP system with Jeeves ERP. Ultimately, the company wanted a flexible, end-to-end ERP system capable of keeping up with rapid growth and process change.
 

ADDRESSING ORGANIZATIONAL DEMANDS 

”We found ourselves in a position where we seriously needed to both change and improve our workflows,” said Torbjörn Andersson, project manager at Väderstad. ”We quickly realized that it would cost as much to upgrade the current system, as it would to replace it with a new and modern ERP system. With Jeeves ERP, we have the advantage of a standard system, as well as the ability to continuously develop it. [We have a] system that can be adapted according to our flows and functional needs, at the pace of our operational change.”
 
”A comprehensive feasibility study and a vetting of the system by managers and key personnel laid the groundwork for a successful implementation of Jeeves ERP,” said Andersson. ”With Jeeves ERP, there are also methods supporting continuous improvement, additional integrations, and automation of administrative routines.”
 

SYSTEM PAYBACK 

According to Andersson, Väderstad has achieved tremendously improved logistics, increased inventory turnover, and reduced capital tied-up in inventory. Other advantages include a better real-time control of operations, since reliable data and figures are globally available to hundreds of users.
 

 

DS Smith Packaging

DS Smith Packaging heightens service with Jeeves ERP

DS Smith Packaging abandoned its in-house developed ERP system after realizing its shortcomings. The decision to implement Jeeves ERP made DS Smith Packaging a more competitive company, with increased information management efficiency and heightened customer service levels.

DS Packaging Sweden works throughout the whole packaging chain, which includes design and production of packaging, as well as improvements to customers’ logistics. DS Smith Packaging has used the Jeeves ERP system in limited parts of its operations for several years. 
 
Jeeves had already helped DS Smith Packaging implement and develop the system to handle ordering, warehousing, invoicing, and purchasing in three DS Smith Packaging divisions, while also providing ongoing product support. Today, DS Smith Packaging is looking to expand its use of the Jeeves ERP solution to encompass the entire business.

INTEGRATING EMPLOYEES WITH OPERATIONS 

DS Smith Packaging needs a system that integrated the entire operation, offering coordination benefits across all units, as well as controlling the entire process from design to finished product. The Jeeves ERP solution is now process-optimized to support DS Smith Packaging’s business. The information flow from a business inquiry to graphics, design and calculation to the final customer order now takes place based entirely on processes built inside the Jeeves system. “The fact that we’ve now grouped our processes in one single system means that we can maintain a much higher service level,” said Håkan Andersson, IT manager at DS Smith Packaging for the past 10 years. ”Our operation is integrated and our employees are integrated.”

OPERATIONS SUPPORT IN SEVERAL AREAS 

Production is one of several functional areas in which the Jeeves ERP system benefits the company. The solution has enabled DS Smith Packaging to implement system integration within several production areas. The ERP system is now linked to the 100-meter long corrugated cardboard making machines. 
 
“In the Jeeves ERP solution, we’re directly connected to these large, corrugated cardboard making machines,” said Andersson. ”When we receive an order, it’s registered in the ERP system and then goes directly to the right machine. 
 
The unloading procedure is another business process that is made efficient with Jeeves ERP. DS Smith Packaging makes 200 million square meters of corrugated cardboard per year, but it’s impossible to have such large warehousing facilities. As soon as the product is finished, it leaves the factory and is delivered to customers or stored at forwarding agents. “We have equipped the forwarding agents with handheld computers that communicate with Jeeves ERP and show what needs to be delivered, as well as reporting [that shows] what has been delivered,” said Andersson.

CLOSE TO THE CUSTOMER 

Jeeves has worked alongside its solution partner SYSteam to achieve IT support changes throughout DS Smith Packaging. “In order to focus on developing cost-effective system support, you need close cooperation and a flexible solution that can adapt as the operation’s needs evolve,” said Anders Gidlund of SYSteam.

Constructor

Consolidating Scandinavian administration

Seeking to attain greater efficacy in administering its business flows, Constructor Sverige AB, a Swedish provider of warehousing, storage, archiving and logistics solutions, selected Jeeves as its new ERP system.

With its roots in appliance manufacturer Electrolux, Constructor has become the leading supplier of warehouse and logistics fixtures and equipment in Sweden. This position has been achieved through a conscious strategy that includes engineering and manufacturing its own products – in its own facilities – giving Constructor direct control over the entire process, from concept to installation. Constructor Group is the third-largest supplier of industrial storage solutions in Europe and the largest supplier in the retail sector.
 

WHY JEEVES?  

Vital in the selection of Jeeves ERP was, among other things, the system’s information and communication technology (ITC), its flexibility, and its potential for flexible and cost-effective upgrades. Constructor has continuously developed the Jeeves ERP system since the initial implementation, and can assert to having accomplished numerous advancements.
 
”An example of our continuous development is the creation of EDI connections to our partners,” said Ulf Sternebratt. “This helps in more effective and rapid information flow, both internally and with our customers, which is important to us. Today it’s important to answer to demands for just-in-time information, and Jeeves helps us do exactly that. 
 
The ICT has helped us streamline our internal flows, as well as centralize our administrative and financial operations in Gothenburg.”
 
According to Sternebratt, Constructor is a strong driving force in the development of the system, but Constructor also finds that Jeeves’ consultants contribute to the momentum as well. “We have a very good partnership,” he said. “Our Jeeves partners are enthusiastic and forward thinking, which is important due to the fact that our ambition is to continue the development of Jeeves, so that the system is always adjusted to meet new business demands.”
 

ABOUT CONSTRUCTOR 

Constructor Sverige AB, part of Constructor Group AS, has long been the industry-leading provider of warehouse and storage systems and components in Sweden. The company’s position as market leader has been reached by a conscious strategy to develop its own products and manufacture them in its own factories. The strategy provides control of the entire chain, from concept to installation, at a customer site. In 2011, the Gothenburg-based company had revenues of approximately $50 million and 72 employees. Today, Constructor Group has revenues of $284 million and almost 1000 employees, as well as modern production facilities strategically placed in the most important markets in Russia, Romania, the Netherlands, Germany, and Finland, making Constructor Group a leading European force in the storage business.
 

Bufab

Jeeves ERP helps Bufab cover the globe

Bufab has used Jeeves ERP for almost 10 years. Today, Jeeves is used in 22 of its 33 companies, and Bufab plans to implement the ERP system in more companies as the organization grows. 

Bufab is a wholesaler that not only supplies different types of fasteners but also manufactures them. The company’s operations encompass more than 100,000 different products and employs 750 people in 25 countries.
 

INTEGRATED FOR HEIGHTENED EFFICIENCY 

Previously, Bufab used a number of proprietary acounting systems that, for the most part, were not integrated with the rest of the ERP system. To boost efficiency between the companies and within the group, Bufab started looking for a common accounting and ERP system for all its wholesaling operations. Several fellow subsidiaries in other businesses were already using Jeeves ERP, so the choice was relatively easy. “Our existing systems could not be adapted to international use,” said Joakim Karlsson, Controller at Bufab. ”With Jeeves ERP, we were able to get international support in the markets where we operate. The fact that our fellow subsidiaries were extremely satisfied with the system just made the choice easier.” 
 
Another major advantage the Jeeves ERP system offered was that the system would be easy to adapt to changes in business needs and processes. Bufab wanted to provide an efficient logistics solutions for its customers and interact with them via its ERP system, with the aim being to cut indirect costs. Today, Bufab’s processes are controlled through Jeeves ERP and include integration with customer billing, scanning of invoices from suppliers, payment flows, internal and statutory reports, accounting, and other tasks.
 

STANDARDIZED MODEL FOR FAST IMPLEMENTATION 

Each country has its own rules for the presentation of annual reports, income statements, and balance sheets, for example, to comply with regulations. Some countries have their own charts of accounts, and different reports vary in appearance. A VAT report in the Czech Republic looks very different from a Swedish VAT report. Bufab had to take all of this into account, but at the same time keep things organized in order to maintain an overview of all its companies. To achieve visibility, Bufab created a standardized model that is common for all companies, specifying how information should be structured in the system. The central idea is to follow the model as far as possible, and only make those adjustments necessary to comply with local rules and regulations.
 
“By having a common model that we follow every time we implement Jeeves ERP in a new country, we avoid having to reinvent the wheel. Instead we can take an ’assembly-line’ approach to each roll-out, allowing us to focus our time on what is unique to that particular country,” Karlsson explained. For a standardized approach to work, the underlying ERP system must be sufficiently flexible. Fortunately, Jeeves ERP has the flexibility that Bufab’s  method demands, and a new system can be rolled out quickly.
 
“Jeeves has a short implementation period compared to other systems I have been involved with,” said Karlsson. ”It doesn’t take more than about a week to implement the system in a new country.”
 
When Jeeves is to be implemented in a new country, Bufab begins by spending a few days preparing a GAP analysis. This process entails analyzing what is unique to that particular country and how the standardized model needs to be adapted to those circumstances. Then the employees get two to three days of training. After that, the new system is ready to use. To guarantee that everything is working as planned, an evaluation is done when the first monthly report is scheduled to be produced in Jeeves ERP.
 
“We have gained a broader overview of operations in the different countries,” said Karlsson. ”Now we can compare our companies with one another – for example, Spain with France with Poland – and compare key performance indicators and outcomes in a completely different way than we could before. And that helps us manage better.”
 
Bufab also has gained better decision support. Reports can be generated faster and all according to the same standards. Previously, reports from different countries might look different, which complicated matters. “Jeeves ERP satisfies the legal requirements in all countries as well as the internal requirements we make at Bufab,” Karlsson added.

 

Bodycote

Jeeves ERP holds the reins for Bodycote

Through the Jeeves ERP system, the engineering company, Bodycote, has achieved the perfect balance between functionality and adaptability.

When the engineering company, Bodycote, was going to select a new ERP system at the end of the 1990s, the company carried out a major study of the systems available in the market and chose to invest in Jeeves ERP. Ten years later, Bodycote is still successfully running the Jeeves ERP solution.
 
“Jeeves has worked beautifully as the central system where everyone can access information, so we are extremely satisfied,” said Klas Andersson, CIO at Bodycote.
 
Bodycote is an engineering company with a unique business model. The company does not manufacture any goods itself, but provides services based on expertise in materials technology, among which the hardening of steel is the biggest business segment. Customers are primarily subcontractors to the automotive industry.

SPECIAL NEEDS 

Bodycote does not manage the purchase of components and such, so it doesn’t need any functions for that. Rather, the company needs support for its service processes. A purely standardized application is not enough, because adaptations are needed to satisfy Bodycote’s requirements. The combination of standardized functionality and flexibility was exactly what Jeeves could offer. “We chose Jeeves because we saw how adaptable and open the system was, which allowed us to participate in its development and customize the system ourselves,” Andersson said.
 
One of the demands on the system in Bodycote’s procurement process was that all information had to be available to everyone who needed it. Previously a local manager could sit and do his own calculations in Excel that others could not access – which was not very efficient. “A manager sitting at the center of things should be able to get the same numbers at the same time as a manager working closer to the customer, said Andersson. ”With Jeeves, everyone works directly in the same system and has access to the same information, which enables us to work more efficiently.”
 
Because Bodycote was able to remove the functions it didn’t intend to use, while keeping those needed to support the company’s unique business operations, the people at Bodycote succeeded in building a thoroughly efficient system with Jeeves ERP. One example of this is how fast the system can handle a customer order. Andersson noted, “We don’t spend more than about 30 seconds on each customer order nowadays.”
 
Today Bodycote runs Jeeves ERP at 13 different work sites. Customer support, order processing, subsidiary ledgers, accounting, deviation tracking, and quality reporting are a few of the jobs handled using the system.

ERP SYSTEM FOR EVERYONE 

At Bodycote, staff in all functional areas use Jeeves: about 150 of the company’s 250 employees. Of course, that makes tough demands on the system’s user-friendliness. “As with all ERP systems, you have to get over a little threshold before you learn how to use it, but today, no one would want to replace Jeeves ERP with any other system,” Andersson said. “User satisfaction is high.”
 
The user-friendliness is also noticeable in how simple it is to adapt the system to new needs. Bodycote is part of an international group employing about 6,000 people, and the head office often demands that new reports be created. With many other ERP systems, clients are forced to hire a consultant to make such changes. Bodycote doesn’t have to. “We can add new fields and specify new logical operations in no time at all. What other people need separate systems for, we can include in our ordinary system. That is a major strength of Jeeves ERP,” Andersson said.
 
The people at Bodycote are extremely satisfied with how Jeeves works and are about to upgrade to the next generation of the product. Among other improvements, the company will use a role-based interface and introduce e-billing and e-signing. Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects is that the new version of Jeeves allows Bodycote to document business and operational processes, and link user instructions with the processes in a whole new way.
 
“With the next version of Jeeves, we’ll get well structured and easily accessible documentation, and our users will be able to access process descriptions and find out how to work even more easily, making them more efficient,” Andersson explained.

 

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