Description of the Business:
iButtonLink is a small manufacturing company that focuses on networked sensor solutions. It designs and manufactures products in-house at the East Troy, Wisconsin facility. Since 2003 the company has worked with some of the largest Fortune 100 companies and some of the smallest companies with customer located on five continents.
Previous to purchasing MISys Manufacturing, what system(s) did you use to manage your manufacturing operation?
QuickBooks and other un-named.
What challenges did you face in your business that led you to look for a manufacturing control system?
As our company was growing, we had more raw material and finished goods inventory to manage. The software we were using was not detailed enough to handle the job.
Mixing company financials and company inventory in the same program was proving to be a problem, as well as not a very good business practice. The company's biggest challenge was to find software that would fit with the manufacturing model of building mostly custom products for customers, or a base product with several variations. This caused the company to seek specific manufacturing software.
How did QuickBooks with MISys address the challenges you mentioned above? What specific solutions did QuickBooks with MISys bring to you?
MISys was one of the few we found that integrated with QuickBooks. That was important to us because we were not in the position to change accounting software. MISys also offered modules that could be added later. This is how we approached the purchase; to start with the basic program and build on it by adding modules as we saw the business grow. MISys was one of the few that offered help on the front end file transfers, rather than letting the customer buy the software and figuring it out ourselves.