CIBER, Inc. (NYSE: CBR) announces the successful implementation of the Lawson QuickStep for Food and Beverage, a pre-configured enterprise management solution based on the Lawson M3 Enterprise Management System, for J.R. Watkins Naturals (Watkins), a natural consumer products company headquartered in Winona, Minnesota. Since its inception in 1868, J.R. Watkins has been committed to being America's most trusted natural products company. CIBER and Watkins partnered to replace the manufacturer’s legacy system with the Lawson QuickStep for Food and Beverage solution to help eliminate data redundancies and manual processes, as well as provide Watkins with a more cohesive and lean technical environment that ensures a solid platform for future business growth.
Lawson QuickStep for Food and Beverage is a set of business application suites that covers industry-specific core and supporting processes. It allows for greater flexibility and lower cost of ownership, and the applications are designed to help simplify implementation, usage, and maintenance.
Watkins engaged CIBER on this project not only because of CIBER’s expert knowledge in Lawson distribution, manufacturing and finance, but also because of the benefits of CIBER’s Brown Paper Process. The Brown Paper Process is a robust, structured group exercise designed to fully identify and document business processes from start to finish, across all functions and departments. It is fast, cost-effective, and delivers solid process improvement results. On this project, CIBER provided Brown Paper Process exercises, as well as Project Management, Change Management and extensive application and technical support.
“CIBER provided us with the technical expertise, and methodology to complete a full ERP implementation in an eight-month timeframe,” said Steve Nett, Chief Financial Officer of Watkins. “We are very pleased to be operating on Lawson QuickStep as it has eliminated our unsupported legacy systems, and created the environment to support a much leaner manufacturing process. We will have more complete visibility of products from planning to procurement, and a solid platform to support future growth opportunities.”
“By executing our Brown Paper Workshops, we were able to provide Watkins with a fully operating ERP system on a very compressed schedule,” said Paul Robson, Vice President of CIBER's Lawson Practice. “Watkins now operates on Lawson QuickStep for Food and Beverage, which eliminated data redundancy and provided the functional and technical foundation for their expanding customer base.”
About CIBER, Inc.
CIBER, Inc. (ciber.com) is a global information technology consulting, services and outsourcing company applying practical innovation through services and solutions that deliver tangible results for both commercial and government clients. Services include application development and management, ERP implementation, change management, project management, systems integration, infrastructure management and end-user computing, as well as strategic business and technology consulting. Founded in 1974 and headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado, CIBER has more than 8,000 employees. We operate in 18 countries, serving clients from 14 Global Solution Centers and 70 local offices in North America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. Annual revenue in 2009 exceeded $1.0 billion. CIBER trades on the New York Stock exchange (NYSE: CBR), and is included in the Russell 2000 Index and the SandP Small Cap 600 Index.
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