Three companies share resources to create an elegant integration solution to a legacy ERP system.
E-Z-GO manufactures golf cars and other utility vehicles. E-Z-GO was founded in 1954 in Augusta, Georgia. In 1961, E-Z-GO became part of Textron, a global, multiindustry company. This provided E-Z-GO with access to the resources needed for a massive worldwide expansion. Today, E-Z-GO boasts the largest sales and service network in the industry, with more factory branch locations and independent distributors than any other manufacturer.
To manage the inventory of such a widely distributed network of factories and distributors, E-Z-GO made plans to purchase a warehouse management system (WMS), but before they could fully leverage the WMS, an additional solution was needed. The new WMS had to communicate with E-Z-GO’s legacy JBA enterprise resource planning (ERP) system on the AS/400.
With the help of Microsoft and Innovative Architects, a Microsoft Gold Certified partner, E-Z-GO implemented Microsoft Host Integration Server and BizTalk Server as a communication layer between the two systems. The solution provided for an elegant and streamlined interface between the systems, providing unified views of manufacturing, warehousing, and shipping across the two disparate systems. In addition, the solution provides a single point of interface for communication to both systems, allowing other E-Z-GO resources to seamlessly access the assets of both systems.
“By utilizing Microsoft’s BizTalk and Host Integration Server Technologies,
E-Z-GO will be able to add messaging scenarios to their enterprise very quickly.
We’re talking about weeks of man time transformed into a few days.”
– Rich McCraw, Innovative Architects