EvoNET – now the most widely used management system in the industry

Posted on 01 January 2016

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By Graeme Bailey, Managing Director, Business Micros

A&B Glass, Dekko, Dessian, Glazerite, Lancashire Trade Frames, Pearl, Pioneer, Sliders UK, Solidor, Victorian Sliders and WB Group might just sound like a roll call of some of the industry’s biggest and best known names, but in fact it is a snapshot of some of the manufacturing companies already using the Business Micros EvoNET business management software, with several more high profile businesses currently in the process of switching over from other software providers.

What started out in 2005 as a pioneering piece of cutting edge software is now the most widely used management system in the industry, and is an integral and indispensable part of many fabricators’ set ups.

The key advantage of EvoNET is that it links quotes and orders with factory and despatch planning.  I would argue that there is nothing comparable on the market which offers the same level of automation and ease of use, and which creates the same seamless flow of information within a business which can be accessed by multiple authorised users without the need for additional licenses.

EvoNET can control everything from automated ordering of glass and panels to batching of production and automatic customer invoicing.  It is a modular system of course so companies can tailor it to suit their own requirements, or they can work with us to create their own bespoke version as someone like Glazerite has done.

Typically, EvoNET works with barcode scanning to monitor production output and flow and, in our most recent developments, we have even been able to extend barcode scanning right out to the point of delivery.  What this does is give management teams continuous access to the very highest levels of business reporting.

Using EvoNET, it is possible, for example, to see instantly the productivity being achieved per person and per machine and to view anything from frame counts to order value books and loading bay reports.  More than that though, it’s possible to drill down even further and analyse profitability per customer and even per frame, giving users access to the information they need to keep on top of costs and to make the right strategic decisions for their businesses.

As well as having a dashboard function which provides an instant overview of so many different aspects of performance, EvoNET can also be set up to deliver specific weekly or even daily business reports either by email or text.

When we first started to sell the early versions of EvoNET more than ten years ago, customers wondered how they could justify the investment and how they would evaluate payback.  Now, it’s much more a question of how can they justify not investing, as market volumes increase and manufacturers seek competitive advantage through improved operational efficiency.

For customers who are already using our Business Micros Evolution manufacturing software, EvoNET is increasingly being seen as the natural progression but, for fabricators switching from a different IT provider, the scale of the changeover can seem a bit daunting.

What I find when I visit these companies though is that, once they see how capable EvoNET is and the size and strength of the team we have supporting the system, they are reassured that there is no risk whatsoever involved in the transition. 

One of the key strengths of the software is that, since its launch in 2005, it has had input from so many of the UK’s leading fabricators.  They continue to influence how it develops and evolves over time; and the kind of reports which are being written very much reflect the changing pattern of the industry.

Despite the fact that we work with such high profile names, I would say that there is still no such thing as a ‘typical’ EvoNET user.  We have customers using the software who are producing anywhere between 300 and 3000 frames per week.  What they do have in common though is a desire to be efficient and to eliminate errors both large and small. 

Each customer can set their own parameters for how they want the software to operate and we can set it up to do the rest.  For example, they can choose their own rules on batching based on criteria such as colour, product, customer, production, delivery date or route and they can advise how they want to create order acknowledgements and generate invoices.  We will work directly with them to manage these processes within EvoNET, and create the most advanced solution possible for them which is still in line with their staffing levels and machinery capabilities.

Customers who want to try EvoNET but not necessarily commit to its full functionality can even opt for the initial EvoNET core product which manages leads, CRM and scheduling.  There are demonstrations of both programmes on our website at www.businessmicros.co.uk