Profiles in EDI Integration, FDA-Regulated Industries & Pharmaceuticals, Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration

From Dennis Bruce of Data Masons: Specialty pharmaceutical company and Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 customer, Acella Pharmaceuticals, traditionally relied on a third-party logistics (3PL) provider to support certain supply chain functions, including EDI. However, given the growth of the company, they decided the best thing for their long-term health was to pull all of their outsourced functions back in-house where they could more effectively manage costs and increase their visibility into everyday operations.

To successfully accomplish their goals, Acella understood from the beginning the critical role that their ERP and EDI technology would play in insuring that business continued uninterrupted. From a Dynamics NAV EDI perspective, Acella required an EDI solution provider that would not only handle 3PL EDI with their outside warehouse, but also manage all of the ins and outs of customer-based EDI. Bringing supply chain functions back in house, Acella also wanted to maintain a small IT footprint which meant limiting unnecessary customizations to the Dynamics NAV platform.

Working with ArcherPoint, their Microsoft Dynamics NAV reselling partner, Acella quickly found that Data Masons’ Vantage Point EDI solution was the best remedy to support their supply chain strategy. With Vantage Point EDI, Acella has the ability to work with large retail outlets, such as Walgreens and CVS, as well as major distributors within the healthcare industry, such as Cardinal Health and McKesson. Vantage Point EDI can also handle all of the complicated 3PL/warehouse documents with Acella’s warehouse provider. While providing all of these functions, Vantage Point EDI requires no customizations to the Dynamics NAV platform, allowing Acella to support their EDI processing in-house and maintain the desired footprint.

Acella also chose Data Masons to handle all of their compliance management. By outsourcing compliance, Acella can focus on their core business and let Data Masons manage all ongoing mapping and compliance changes. Data Masons’ EDI Made Simple® approach means map changes and new trading partner kits can be executed immediately without any complicated ERP code changes so that Acella can transact with business partners quickly and accurately.

With the ability to leverage Microsoft Dynamics NAV to automate these key EDI processes, Acella now has the confidence that they can grow their business and keep the associated supply chain requirements in good health, and in-house.