October 2013 – August 2016
I started my career with Industore Ltd. in October 2013 after I was head hunted by their Managing Director. I was employed as their Systems & Software Manager which gave me good experience during my 3 years with them. Industore was trying to increase their market presence within the software side of the solutions they already sold. I was to help create the software department within Industore. This meant procedures, documentation, software contracts and a technical consultancy was created by myself with the approval from the Directors to establish a serious software solution to their customers.
I was self trained with a couple of small visits to Hänel in Germany in Hanel machine controllers/products including their PC based software Hanelsoft. However my favourite solution I was more interested in was their 3rd party software that Industore supplied for bespoked solutions and batch picking customers. This software was called MPX and was supplied to Industore by a company called ReStudio. I was more interested in MPX due to the fact it used Microsoft technology which included MS SQL Server, MS IIS, its ERP including SAP intergration abilities, easy to sell & use, hand-held Apple IPad/IPod solution and there was a close relationship with the developers ReStudio to make the software do anything you wanted it to do with programming. This relationship helped as before in other companies I would have to wait 6 to 12 weeks for changes in the software to be developed, but with ReStudio a lot of times it could be mostly a couple of days or occasionally 2-4 weeks at the most. This really helped when trying to install and deliver a customized bespoked solution. This support also helped win a lot of business over the other competitor warehouse storage solution companies.
An Example video on how a Hänel Lean Lift works
I have put some youtube links on this page so you can see MPX in action:
Ross Powell (MD, Industore Ltd) and myself trip to Hänel USA in Pittsburgh, November 2014.
This trip was to establish closer relations with the Hänel USA team and to exchange ideas. This was a trip I will always remember to visit the USA for the first time, see Pittsburg and New York, and meet some great guys in the Hänel USA software support team, Craig, Jim & Britney.
I enjoyed my time selling Industore products and solutions as I felt they were very good just like Kardex solutions.
After 3 years with Industore Ltd. my job came to an end due to personal reasons, and I found myself moving location, where after 6 months searching for a job I was offered the role of Support Engineer for Microsoft Dynamics AX 365 for Operations…… Finally after 15 years I got to the company I always wanted to work for.
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