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Australia’s Largest Paint Specialist Group of Stores, Inspirations Paint, has Selected Melbourne-Based Pronto Software to Provide Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Business Intelligence (BI) Services to 100 of its Retail Stores Across Australia.

Pronto Software beat Microsoft Dynamics to win a competitive tender process and to deploy its flagship ERP solution Pronto Xi Dimensions, across the Inspirations Paint’s franchise stores and national office.

Inspirations Paint’s Financial Controller, Gary Jeston, said the company had chosen to deploy Pronto Xi modules to integrate financials, distribution, inventory, CRM and POS operations across its business.

Jeston said the company had tired of an outdated ERP system that was not unified between its national network of retail outlets and national headquarters, and began looking for an ERP solution that would streamline processes, add functionality and eliminate double handling, while maintaining a high level of data integrity.

“One of the most complicated elements of the brief was to ensure our data integrity would not be compromised. Pronto Xi gives us peace of mind because this data is consolidated and an inherent part of our ERP system, making it easier to gain insights, so we can focus on growing our business.”

According to Jeston, the approach Pronto Software took to deliver a tailored solution also played a major part in the final decision to choose the Australian software company’s solutions over other ERP vendors.

“From the outset we were impressed with Pronto Software’s ability to listen to our requirements and adapt an ERP solution that would not only meet immediate needs but offer the flexibility to scale as our requirements evolve. The team at Pronto took the time to consult with us from the very start.

“We were looking for a solution that could reflect our business operations from point of sale in each store, to financial reporting at head office. Throughout the tender process, Pronto Software impressed us with its Pronto Xi Dimensions solution because it seamlessly integrates ERP with BI.

“Ultimately, Pronto Software won out against the competition due to its technical innovation, ease of implementation, total cost of ownership and ability to deliver on the solution we need,” Jeston said.

Pronto Software Managing Director, David Jackman, said Pronto Xi Dimensions was a “good fit” for retail businesses.

“With a strong heritage in the Australia retail industry, Pronto Software delivers integrated ERP and BI solutions to operate seamlessly in all environments from head office to franchise stores.

“As demonstrated by the partnership with Inspirations Paint, our software is designed to give customers the flexibility to tailor an ERP solution that gives the user deeper business insights to empower intelligent decision making and business growth,” Jackman said.