Magpul Industries designs and manufactures high-tech polymer and composite accessories and gear. With an emphasis on quality and customer engagement, Magpul has grown significantly over the past 20 years. But like many companies, they needed help with their journey to modernization.
Magpul was one of the first Microsoft customers to move from Dynamics AX 2012 to Dynamics 365 Finance. They went live in just seven months but didn’t realize their existing data warehouse wouldn’t work with the new ERP system. As a result, users struggled with a series of unexpected issues, and had little visibility into the business.
Magpul worked with another partner to build a new data warehouse, but the project quickly fell apart due to an overly complex data model. Creating reports without using expensive outside consultants became impossible, and at times Magpul went two weeks without real-time data. In crisis mode, they turned to MCA Connect for help.
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Through passion and deep industry expertise, MCA Connect helps manufacturers succeed by unlocking innovation with actionable business insights. Our strategic solutions, innovation, and industry intelligence help manufacturers across all industries solve critical issues, modernize operations, and gain a competitive edge.
Our team then began rebuilding Magpul’s data warehouse. The manufacturer needed a solution that was robust, but easy to use, and capable of pulling historical data. To give Magpul the information they needed, we implemented our proprietary modern data platform, DataCONNECT™.
Consolidating data from Dynamics 365, enterprise systems, and legacy solutions, DataCONNECT gives companies “one version of the truth” when it comes to their data. As a result, Magpul has easy access to the information they need to make smart, strategic decisions.
Gained full visibility into the supply chain, open orders, and inventory levels
Created efficient production schedules to reduce on-hand inventory by 36%
Laying a foundation for success
Creating a blueprint for innovation
After helping Magpul gain strategic insights, we began assisting with more widespread innovation. To get a clear path to their desired future state, Magpul completed a series of Connected Blueprints.
Our Connected Blueprint™ is a quick-hit strategy engagement designed to help manufacturers accomplish strategic goals for improving and optimizing their systems. Magpul’s Connected Blueprint™ projects focused on product development and supply chain management.
These Connected Blueprints will enable Magpul to better plan with suppliers and customers and ship products more quickly and efficiently. The impact from the first engagement was swift. Magpul executed 50% of the process and technology improvements in a week and applied some process improvements on the spot for immediate benefit. Magpul is also an early adopter of the MCA Connect Inspire Platform™. With it, Magpul can consolidate their enterprise data estate, optimize it for analytics, and curate it for industry-standard insights.
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since 2014, Magpul has:
Improved delivery times and relationships with suppliers
real-time analytics to unlock full visibility and timely decision-making
We learned that the right software isn’t enough. Having a partner with both ERP and business analytics capabilities is what we needed to succeed.
Connected Blueprint™ has been instrumental in helping us start the improvement journey and meet our goals for innovation and optimization. In the future, we plan on taking this approach across our business.
MCA Connect is part of the Magpul team. Their recommendations prove to be right and has built trust across our organization. They are also very attentive when we want or need something. We always get a quick response when we need help figuring out how to solve a problem.
Magpul Industries uncovers
actionable insights and opportunities
Our manufacturing experts worked with Magpul to stabilize the ERP system and build a strong foundation for strategic insight.
User issues steeply declined, and the company’s ERP platform now runs smoothly and effectively.
Industry best practices applied to Magpul processes
Regular dialogue between business stakeholders and IT
Benefits of Connected Blueprint™
Engaged subject matter experts who realized the benefit of change
Continuously uncovered opportunities for improvement and change
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Ability to make critical decisions in weeks versus months or years
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