Last month, we shared a post showing how the SharePoint consultants at IA were able to help St. Francis Hospital reduce overhead costs and manage important patient data more efficiently and effectively.
In continuation of our ongoing series on how we have been able to leverage Microsoft technology to tackle the needs of business and organizations across various fields, this week we wanted to take a look at the manufacturing/packaging industry—specifically a 140-year old container company who needed an innovative and fresh way to manage their business processes .
BWay Corporation got its start way back in 1875, originally making tie pins and other small household products. In the next several decades, they rapidly expanded into a major manufacturer of hand insecticide sprayers and ammunition boxes. These days, BWAY is the leading North American supplier of general line ridge containers, and the company operates 24 plants throughout the U.S. and Canada—a far cry from their humble origins.
When BWay came to Innovative Architects for help, they were facing several challenges. For one, their employees had unsatisfactory knowledge of how to complete required forms and what forms needed to be completed. Because of this issue, BWay suffered from insufficient information due to manual processes that allowed workers to submit the form without entering in required areas.
For the purposes of auditing, in addition to the strict compliance guidelines required by their industry, BWay determined that it was high-time their management and business process were automated and updated. They needed help finding a platform that would modernize their century-old company a little bit and improve overall efficiency, but without causing too much disruption to production.
By combining Microsoft SharePoint Solutions with InfoPath, the IA team was able to custom-build a web portal solution packed with automated features that utilized Enterprise Search, Active Directory integration, workflow, security, compliance and governance.
In the first phase, we developed four forms and workflow frameworks in order to easily add additional processes, including change management requests, security change requests, deployment documentation for production, and quality testing sign-off forms.
With the cooperation of the BWay support team, we were able to provide:
- Lower support and maintenance costs
- Increased management agility
- Reduced commercial, legal and security risks
- Accessibility of Workflows by any designated staff member
Mike Gallaugher, BWay’s solutions architect, commented on the success of the project, saying: “Microsoft SharePoint became a tool that enabled us to analyze the efficiency of internal processes. As a result, measurable value and efficiencies of scale were added.”
To request more information on this business solution or other ways Microsoft technology solutions can be leveraged to maximize your company’s efficiency and profit, give us a call at (770) 623-5734 and talk to an IA team member today.
And be sure to stay tune to our company blog for our next client spotlight in the financial sector.