The Architects team of Accell IT is responsible for the entire overview of the IT landscape. New IT applications are reviewed against a number of agreed principles to ensure that the system functions smoothly and that any changes can be implemented without affecting other elements of the IT landscape. To achieve this, they create a map of the required AIT landscape together with the required steps. They also establish the principles the new IT components must comply with and are closely involved with projects that impact the selection of new business critical applications as well as the Architecture. The Architecture of Accell IT is among other things based on Cloud, SAAS and standardisation principles rather than customized.
The Group wide replacement of the ERP system is an interesting puzzle for the IT-Architecture.
Accell IT’s project managers realize major IT changes within Accell Group, in a controlled and transparent manner. This can involve the replacement of software or hardware or the implementation of new IT components to improve business processes. Given the diversity of these projects, the project managers work with practically all the different business units within the Accell Group; from the factory processes to the financial systems and the IT systems the bicycle dealers use in their shops. Projects are generally carried out for, and in partnership with, the various international Accell organisations. The project management department works with the PRINCE2 methodology and increasingly with agile project management methods. Project Management Support facilitates and monitors processes and deliverables.
With the introduction of Autostore in our Apeldoorn warehouse, we were one of the first companies in the Netherlands with a fully automated warehouse.
Vendor management is responsible for effective contract management within Accell IT. This is achieved through: management of the current overview of contracts and any actions that must be taken, drawing up of standardised contract terms and conditions for Accell IT, improving contract terms and conditions during negotiations and creating templates for the most commonly used types of contract.
The warehouses of Accell Nederland and Accell Hunland have implemented the Voicepicking system. The warehouse employees hear a spoken order through their headsets when picking the bicycle parts. This results in fewer errors during picking and shorter picking times. Employees also require less time for training.
The Accell@Work project is implementing the new cloud-based workplace throughout the entire Accell Group. This workplace will facilitate (international) cooperation and communication in an optimal manner. A clear adoption strategy with training courses among others, will make the users familiar with this new way of working.
The Supply Chain can lower overall stock and costs with the implementation of the Slim4 stock optimisation software, whilst increasing the level of service. Slim4 uses analytical methods and techniques to make an analysis based on two years of sales history. This gives a reliable forecast for at least 95% of stock and automatically creates optimum purchase orders for standard articles. Users are warned about the exceptions they should pay particular attention to.
With the introduction of Autostore, Accell now has one of the first fully automated warehouses in the Netherlands.