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After going live with the Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP in 2009, Vittoria starting using a web-based documentation system for sales reps to place orders online. Although a significant step forward, the system proved difficult to use. It didn’t offer enough flexibility or convenience, and it wasn’t accessible for all clients.
The initial push for an online sales portal came from internal teams at Vittoria that wanted more flexibility. The Sales department wished to provide access to everyone. Clients and sales representatives alike needed to be able to see the most current product details and inventory, at any given time. The Sales team also stressed that they wanted a solution that was connected to Dynamics AX. It had to be easy to manage and they wanted one interface, not two.
IT had their own requirement: they needed next level security. The current solution required intricate and time-consuming processes to manage access to profile-based content. To protect sensitive information and to hide irrelevant information as applicable to different user roles, IT had to create a unique profile for each new user that required access to the web-based documentation system.
“Everyone wanted a modern and flexible improvement, recalls Viaroli. “We had to investigate and find that better solution.” Because Vittoria outsources most of such development projects, Viaroli knew from day one that integrated e-commerce capabilities were essential. “If I had to build a connection from scratch between a website and AX,” explains Viaroli, “it would have been way too expensive. We wanted an easy solution that would integrate with AX.”
“Our ERP partner provided several options, but when they showed me Sana, I understood it. I saw the potential, which is that you already have a connection in place between the ERP and web store. We wouldn’t have to ask our people to enable productivity in one place, change the price in another place and change a picture in yet somewhere else. Everything would be centralized in our ERP: Vittoria’s single source of truth,” says Viaroli.
Viaroli presented the various solutions suggested by their ERP partner in the annual budget meeting, and it was clear and agreed that Sana Commerce was the right solution for Vittoria. “When we presented the options to our sales director and managers, we also showed the other options and made a comparison, but we’d already developed a strong preference for Sana at that point,” says Viaroli.
“Integration was always the most important factor,” explains Viaroli, “which made Sana Commerce the natural choice. We also liked the approach Sana took with us. Our contact person was always available if we needed anything. At all times when we had a question, Sana was quick to answer — they even shared a web machine with us without waiting for a request. The original demo to Vittoria was personalized to include a bike — and that was of course much appreciated!”
Our ERP partner provided several options, but when they showed me Sana Commerce, I understood it. I saw the potential. […] Integration was always the most important factor, which made Sana the natural choice.
Marco Viaroli | Global ERP Manager at Vittoria
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