B-Way

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server Integration

BWay got its start in 1985 making pie tins and other household products and over the next several decades, expanded into manufacturing hand insecticide sprayers and ammunition boxes. In 1957, they built a plant in Homerville, Georgia. Then they continued adding new products to their repertoire with tinplate paint cans, steel pails, and plastic pails and fuel cans. BWay then acquired Brockway Glass Company in 1979 and were themselves acquired by private investors in 1989. 1993 saw the beginning of manufacturing monotop cans and UN pails, aerosol cans folled with hybrid paint cans and all-plastic colorant cans this past year. In 2010, they were acquired by Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC.

Overview

  • County or Region: United States
  • Industry: Manufacturing /Packaging
  • Customer Profile:
    BWAY Corporation has served the container industry for more than 100 years. Through partnerships with their customers, progressive packaging solutions, and their unique brand of service, BWAY has evolved into a corporate packaging leader with annual sales exceeding $800 million.
  • Business Situation:
    BWay found that many of their management processes for documents, policies, and procedures needed to be automated to increase efficiency in auditing and compliance. Unknown to BWay was what forms were needed and how they should be filled out as well as time lost trying to complete manually filled out forms.
  • Solution:
    Innovative Architects used Microsoft SharePoint, InfoPath 2007 and Enterprise Search, Active Directory integration, workflow, security, compliance, and governance to create a feature rich web portal solution.
  • Benefits:
    • Lower support and maintenance costs
    • Increase in management ability
    • Reduced commercial, legal, and security risks
    • Accessibility of workflows by any designated staff member

Case Study

  • Situation
    BWAY Corporation’s formal change management process for documents, policies, and procedures were reviewed for SOX compliance. As a result, the auditing team determined many of the processes needed to be under the annual SOX audit. BWAY’s current manual auditing system consisted of Microsoft® Office forms and documents that lacked the automation capabilities needed for audit and compliance efficiency. BWAY faced several challenges such as: unsatisfactory knowledge of how the forms needed to be completed and “what” forms were needed, insufficient information due to manual processes that did not mandate required information be completed, and manually searching for the appropriate approvals in the correct hierarchical order.
  • Solution
    The Innovative Architects team built a feature rich web portal solution based on Microsoft® Office SharePoint and Microsoft® InfoPath 2007, and utilizing Enterprise Search, Active Directory integration, workflow, security, compliance, and governance. BWAY’s goal was to use the Microsoft® Office SharePoint Server for form entry, workflow routing, and approval tracking. With help and support from the BWay team, IA customized standard reports, delivered via web page, to communicate the status and priority. Four forms and workflows were included in the first phase. The workflow solutions framework was constructed to easily add additional processes including change management requests, security change requests, deployment documentation for production, and quality assurance/ testing sign-off forms. In some cases several forms were integrated into a single automated process.
  • Benefits
    • Lower support and maintenance costs
    • Increase in management agility
    • Reduced commercial, legal, and security risks
    • Accessibility of Workflows by any designated staff member
  • Software and Services
    • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server
    • Microsoft Office
    • Microsoft Windows Server
    • Microsoft SQL Server
    • Microsoft .Net Framework