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Adan Ltd

Upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central from Sage Manufacturing, during a national crisis, in 10 working days!

Who are Adan Ltd

Adan Limited is a privately owned business that has been manufacturing hydraulic equipment for 50 years.  Believed to be the only British manufacturer of Geroter/Geroller type, high torque, slow speed hydraulic motors. All Adan’s motors come with a high-pressure PTFE shaft seal which, in most cases, makes a case drain unnecessary. 

Operating from their modern manufacturing facility in Boston Lincs, Adan Ltd is fully accredited to ISO 9001-2015 and take justifiable pride in producing first class products on short delivery times at competitive prices. 

Adan Ltd supplies a very broad business base covering agricultural, civil engineering, marine, mining petrochemical and machine tool industries 

The challenge


Following an implementation of Sage Manufacturing in 2017 and commitment from Adan to get the best use from the application, it had become clear that the use of Sage 50 Accounts and Sage Manufacturing had its limitations.  With no further development planned for this application by Sage UK there was therefore no hope that future developments could provide the improvements that Adan required.  

Following a Sage 50 Accounts upgrade a number of ‘gremlins’ were corrupting the day to day use of Sage which Adan’s support partner were unable to fix.  This fact merely added to the frustration and general dissatisfaction that the management team were experiencing using Sage Manufacturing to support their operation. 

Adan required a system that would support their working practices and provide end to end visibility. For example, the tracking of a quote with job costing, conversion to a purchase order, works order and through to invoice was essential Sage Manufacturing could also not provide the basis to support the capacity planning the business needed, automate timesheets or provide the necessary stock control to account for components made for stock and subsequent assemblies built to order.  

Adan’s short list came down to two solutions: Factory Master + Sage 50 Accounts and Dynamics 365 Business Central Premium, a single database, fully cloud based SaaS ERP.   Sage 200 had been preciously dismissed as too costlier project for the benefits it would return.  

The solution
Upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central from Sage Manufacturing, during a national crisis, in 10 working days!

Dynamics 365 Business Central Premium and migration of Sage 50 Accounts data 

The week of the UK Covid 19 lockdown, following close and detailed discussions and demonstrations with Qi, Adan’s Managing Director opted to implement Dynamics 365 Business Central and appointed Qi as its Business Partner (other BP’s were considered). 

Qi took Adan’s Sage 50 data and using its QiMigrate toolkit ensured that all data was migrated safely and intact.   With the application of Qi’s Extensions for 50 suite which ensures the smoothest onboarding possible for Sage 50 customers Adan went live in only 10 days from the day of their commitment to the project. 

The outcome

Robust, migrated data in a world class SaaS ERP, accessible from any internet capable device in only 10 working days .  (This is an ‘interim’ outcome.)

Following this 10-working day migration project, Adan are now up to date with their invoices, are using the consumption journal and are processing effectively on Dynamics 365 Business Central and are no longer working with the constraints of interfaced, legacy manufacturing software. 

Why an interim outcome? 

Qi at the time of publishing is working with Adan to implement timesheets and to set up sub contractors.  This will be completed imminently. We will continue to work with Adan to optimise its use of Dynamics 365 Business Central. 

I am really pleased that we made the decision to move to Dynamics 365 Business Central and to make the move when we did. We took the training, then explored and probed the new system using the telephone and remote support available to us to its full advantage. The support has been excellent, by the way. Business Central is pretty intuitive and my advice to other businesses would be – just put it in and get on with it!

Steve Plaskitt, Managing Director, Adan Ltd