Trimble Forestry Finland’s NetSuite implementation project kicked off in August 2016. Come the third week of September, the program was up and running. ”People have been surprised about how quickly the project was carried out,” explains Leena Kelhu, Controller at Trimble Forestry Finland, adding: ”It’s amazing how soon the system was up and running.”
Trimble Forestry Finland started life as Fifth Element Oy, a Finnish mobile technology provider. In March 2015, the company became part of the American technology company Trimble as a result of a business acquisition.
”We provide digital tools for mobile work,” says Leena Kelhu, continuing: ”We specialise in the forest industry and related IT tools that speed up processes and make work easier.”
NetSuite was a natural choice
Initially, the company’s accounting and financial administration was handled by an accounting firm but after becoming part of Trimble Group, the company decided to set up an in-house team to run these operations. NetSuite was a natural choice for the financial management tool as it was already in use in many of the group’s subsidiaries.
”There were other options available but when we looked into them, we soon realised NetSuite was the best choice for us,” explains Kelhu. ”And the group already had experience of it.”
Mepco was selected as the supplier on the strength of its customer-oriented approach. ”We believed that with Mepco, things would go to plan. I felt that Mepco’s staff listened to our needs. Rather than push their views on us, they asked us what we really needed,” says Kelhu.
She also lavishes praise on Mepco’s consultant: ”Inna Reunanen was actively involved in the implementation. Whenever we had any questions or concerns, they were addressed without delay.”
A logical and user-friendly system
The first few weeks with the new system have been plain sailing. ”I’m sure NetSuite has numerous great features that take time to master but the basics have been easy to learn,” says Kelhu.
”The system implementation was completed in the third week of September and no later than the following week, we used it to prepare the internal reports for the third quarter. It didn’t take long to learn as it’s such a logical and user-friendly system.”
Kelhu mentions the numerous calculation levels in place in the company and the tight schedule for the project as potential challenges. ”The schedule must have presented a challenge, but everything was completed on time. And for that, I take my hat off to Mepco.”
Reality lived up to expectations
”No surprises cropped up in the course of the project,” explains Kelhu. ”We formed a positive image of NetSuite during the introductory visit, and the reality has lived up to our expectations. The implementation phase also went to plan. There were no times when we thought, ’Oh, if only we’d known that in advance’.”
All in all, it has been a very positive experience. ”NetSuite seems just the right solution for us and Mepco handled everything brilliantly. This time, the project went off without a hitch. This hasn’t always been the case with other projects,” Kelhu explains.
Sources of further information
Accountor Enterprise: Arto Ignatius, Senior Business Consultant, +358 40 484 5446, arto.ignatius(a)accountorenterprise.fi
Trimble Forestry Finland: Controller Leena Kelhu, tel. +358 40 537 8071 / email leena.kelhu(at)trimble.com
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