For decades, Western Wire Products has relied on information technology (IT) to automate
its business processes and do more work at lower cost. When the company learned that
its enterprise resource planning (ERP) software vendor had been acquired by Activant
Solutions, it realized that support for its ERP system going forward would be an issue.
Western Wire had a few meetings with Activant, but couldn't reach an agreement. "We
knew we had to make a change," says John Blaskiewicz, operations manager at Western
The company began a comprehensive search for a reliable ERP vendor. Blaskiewicz
teamed with Debby Perrin, office manager at Western Wire, to select a new system. After
polling managers across the organization to develop a priority list of capabilities to improve
operational efficiency and profitability, they began their daunting task. Four vendors
reached the final selection process, including Earnest & Associates (E&A), an
Infor™partner, which recommended Infor10 Distribution Business (SX.e).