Summary

An aircraft maintenance management firm achieved a successful implementation of Dynamics 365 for Finance and Supply Chain Management with Logan Consulting providing functional expertise of Dynamics 365 and best practices for operational processes.

 

The Client

The company is the world’s largest independent provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for aircraft engines and airframes. They provide their clients with comprehensive, flexible and affordable tools for managing the often-unpredictable costs of operating and maintaining nearly all types of turbine-powered aircraft—including jets, turbo-props and helicopters. The company serves clients around the world by managing maintenance services through its international network of Technical Advisors. They were founded in 1989 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.

 

The Opportunity

The client had been using Microsoft Dynamics GP, for many years, as their main financial and reporting system. They have been running on Dynamics GP 2010, which is no longer supported by Microsoft. Additionally, they utilized many add-ons to GP because the out-of-the-box functionality did not meet their requirements. They had many different legal entities residing in their GP system with an ever-growing database of transactions. With more and more transactions added each day, there became a greater need to move the local database to a cloud database. The goal of the project was to find an ERP system that could handle these requirements yet be flexible to address any new business developments. Furthermore, they required an implementation team that could maximize the out-of-the-box functionality to avoid heavy customization and/or third-party add-ons. This ERP system would handle all accounting processes for all legal entities within the organization.

 

The Solution

With these considerations, and more, in mind, the company developed a committee to determine what accounting software would fit their requirements. After careful deliberation, the company and the committee decided that Dynamics 365 for Finance and Supply Chain Management would best suit their current and future requirements. The client selected Logan Consulting as their partner because of their expertise in both Microsoft Dynamics GP and Dynamics 365 for Finance and Supply Chain Management. Their team and the implementation team from Logan decided to take a phased approach in implementing Dynamics 365. The first phase included migrating two legal entities from GP to Dynamics 365. The subsequent phases will be migrating the remaining legal entities. Initially, the team from Logan took a deep dive into learning about the business processes for the two legal entities. From there, a project plan was built and then executed by the internal project team from the company and the implementation team from Logan. This collective unit quickly and successfully implemented Dynamics 365 including the modules; General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Credit and Collections, Cash and Bank Management, Fixed Assets, Treasury Automation Suite, Budgeting, Product Information Management, Procurement and Sourcing, Sales and Marketing, and Inventory Management.

 

The Results

Logan Consulting followed their standard approach of designing the system around the client’s business process, which generated these results and benefits.

General Ledger:

  • One shared chart of accounts
  • Synchronous integration between the general ledger and all subledgers
  • Supports import of general journal entries
  • Global journal entry provides ease of access to post to different companies

Accounts Payable/ Purchasing:

  • Accurate AP Aging
  • Supports multiple methods of payments
  • Workflow with audit trail for POs, invoices and payment runs

Accounts Receivable/ Sales Order Processing:

  • Supports multiple methods of cash applications
  • Uniform SO invoices

Credit and Collections:

  • Accurate AR Aging
  • Ability to send collections letter (with interest) directly from system

Cash and Bank Management/ TAS:

  • Supports the following transaction types: check payments, ACH payments, and wires
  • Maintain bank accounts and associated financial instruments
  • Automatic bank reconciliation

Budgeting:

  • Creating budgets by legal entity
  • Importing budgets from an Excel template

Fixed Assets:

  • Ability to group assets
  • Ability to capitalize assets
  • Support multiple depreciation methods
  • Fixed asset roll-forward report

Items:

  • Supports non-stock items

 

About Logan Consulting

Logan Consulting is a leading consulting firm with strengths in strategy, project management, business process design, ERP and CRM implementation, recruitment and training.  Since 1992, our business process-based delivery techniques and tools have helped our clients build a solid business process and information technology foundation to support their business.  Our clients count on us for objective, unbiased analysis, recommendations and project work.  To learn more and hear what our customers are saying about us, please visit our website (www.loganconsulting.com).

Logan Consulting is headquartered in Chicago, IL with global services reach.