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About Jula

Jula is a company with rapid expansion Sales have increased with the expansion and is now SEK 5.4 billion. The number of department stores is currently over 90. The increasing commodity flow led to the additional 50,000 m2 expansion of the previously 100 000 m2 warehouse. Jula is currently active in three markets; Sweden, Norway and Poland.

Summary

  • Expanding business required upgrade of ERP
  • Executed in 3 countries and 90 stores simultaneously
  • Project met all deadlines regarding time and budget
Thanks to a very successful upgrade of Infor M3, Jula can keep on growing and expanding.


Why upgrade?

Jula looked for a modern platform that would work as a starting point for the continued expansion. An evaluation of various business systems was made before deciding to proceed with Infor M3, which Jula had used since the late 1990s. Henrik Ljungdahl, CIO at Jula explains; 

- We found that there was no other system that would add value in a way that it could justify a change, so we decided to continue with M3.


The fact that the ”End of date” was closing in for the support of the version they were running, as well as the ageing hardware, further motivated a decision to move on with the upgrade.


Choice of implementation partner

Once the decision to continue with M3 was made, Jula had to choose an implementation partner. The choice of partner was not decided on the offer but on a number of smaller assignments used to test the partners. Jula felt that Columbus was a stable and reliable partner and that there was good The second factor that had an impact on Jula and was Columbus's alternative solutions for integration and electronic invoice management. All this was weighed together in the decision-making process, which came to the conclusion that Columbus was the right choice.


The contract for the initial design phase was signed in April, which in turn led to a full-scale project starting immediately after the summer.


- The project was executed at high efficiency, due to the creation and implementation of a project plan, which has been followed accurately, in regards to both; time frames and costs. Henrik Ljungdahl highlights that both Columbus's and Jula's expertise and industry experience have definitely contributed to a smooth implementation of the overall project.


Migration of 4.5 TB of data in 6 hours. Is that even possible?

A third crucial factor for choosing Columbus was due to the innovative migration tool that Columbus offers, which enabled the experienced consultants to migrate 4.5 TB in well-defined deadline.


The aim was to migrate data from all department stores and central warehouses in less than 6 hours, starting at 7 pm and finishing at 1 am. First, a large migration of data was made followed by the delta-migrations, which were made during the critical period. Everything went well thanks to the  great commitment invested by the project team, which has worked all night. The department stores closed in the evening allowing the system to be fully operational when the stores opened in the morning.


The new system was implemented using a big bang approach.


- To upgrade the ERP for a business this size in such a short time, when the staff perceived it as an update of the Office-package, that's something one can be proud of,
says Henrik Ljungdahl.


Thanks to a great commitment from the partners and internal departments, it went wonderfully well. Columbus's methodology has worked perfectly. The project was closed with no issues.


Henrik Ljungdahl concludes the project:
- We did everything right together.

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