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SharePoint implementation for manufacturing

Manufacturer gains a single version of truth across locations with our SharePoint expertise

Influential Software helped connect HR and Quality Control data among multiple factories with a custom SharePoint implementation for manufacturing.

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Executive brief

Custom manufacturing intranet solution

Our client is a UK-based manufacturer of high-precision parts used in electrical turbines. The company engaged Influential Software to solve its communication challenges with a manufacturing intranet solution. Some key benefits of this SharePoint intranet were:

consistent data across factories

secure sharing of information

eliminating risk of manual error

kick-starting digital transformation

Wondering how we achieved this SharePoint implementation for manufacturing? Read on to learn more.

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The challenge

Disorganised information was slowing growth

At the time of contacting us, this manufacturing client was in a period of expansion. With a second factory set to open imminently, the company realised that ensuring efficient communication across locations was crucial.

 

However, this efficiency was hindered by the disparate and disorganised use of company documents in the HR and Quality Control departments. Employees used a range of unconnected applications to complete their daily tasks. But with new staff due to start at the second factory, HR had to rise to the challenge quickly.

 

Overall, the drawbacks of the existing information processes were:

 

  • inefficiency caused by a lack of centralised document management
  • high risk of human error when users copied information between applications
  • spiralling IT costs from managing and securing many types of software

 

Based on these concerns, the company was searching for a manufacturing intranet solution that fit its business requirements.

The solution

A bespoke manufacturing SharePoint solution

Based on our reputation as expert SharePoint consultants, the company contacted Influential Software to develop an intranet proof of concept (POC). Because the management was weighing up other intranet options, this POC was an important step in convincing them about SharePoint.

 

We started by presenting the value of SharePoint to key stakeholders. This included a show-and-tell session highlighting our recent SharePoint successes, including:

 

 

Our consultants also gave a fully costed analysis of the alternatives to SharePoint, and how we would carry out the implementation. And once the company had agreed to our POC proposal, we developed the required functionality in a matter of days.

The benefits

A launch pad for digital transformation

Seeing our manufacturing intranet solution, both users and management at the company were convinced that SharePoint was the way forward. This paved the way for a planned roll-out of SharePoint across the company.

 

To summarise, the benefits of SharePoint implementation for manufacturing are:

 

  • a single point of entry for all-important Quality Control documents
  • enterprise-grade security, whether on-premises or in the cloud
  • improved speed, accuracy, and transparency in document management
  • enabling collaboration across business departments and locations

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From manufacturing to property and transport to technology, we develop custom intranets for clients of all shapes and sizes. To see more about our solutions, visit our software development page.

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19th November 2020
SharePoint, intranet, software development, portals