Sutton Tools taps Infor to drill into business blind spots

Australia-based Sutton Tools has deployed Infor M3 CloudSuite for manufacturing to achieve a timely and accurate understanding of its business to drive product and company expansion both domestically and abroad. 

Also, Sutton Tools has implemented the Infor OS cloud operating platform, including Infor Intelligent Open Network (ION) and Mongoose, to fine-tune internal processes and reduce total cost of ownership.

In 2001, Sutton Tools had a single distribution hub and one manufacturing centre, but in the past decade has opened new facilities in New Zealand and The Netherlands as its first European base. 

After more than two decades, the successful migration to the cloud from a Movex/Infor M3 on-premises environment has saved Sutton Tools hundreds of thousands of dollars on new computing systems, and improved system integration and supply chain visibility across three manufacturing sites and three distribution centres — under the guidance of Infor global partner Fortude.

According to Sutton Tools, the aim of the upgrade was to improve business IT uptime; reduce the effort required to upgrade an on-premises system; take advantage of modern, continually upgraded cloud service features; centralise its growing number of operational sites and existing third-party cloud-based services; and make it easier to integrate with third-party applications.

Peter Sutton, managing director at Sutton Tools, said the primary benefits of the upgrade have been improvements in excellent business uptime reliability.

“The savings (of $100,000s) have been significant,” said Sutton.”One of the most important contributions to our success is our ongoing reinvestment into the business – through research and development, our manufacturing processes, and the underlying technology stack.”

According to Sutton, the transition to the cloud has delivered company-wide benefits beyond cost savings. Automatic upgrades to the platform had reduced stress on the company’s IT team, who could focus on business and productivity-improving tasks. Infor M3 CloudSuite for manufacturing provided easier access for employees and additional oversight for management.

“With Infor, Sutton Tools have found the best enterprise-grade cloud solution that’s purpose-built for its state-of-the-art production processes to consistently deliver supply chain excellence and drive business success into the future,” said Jarrod Kinchington, VP & managing director at Infor Australia/New Zealand.