nous Consulting  (now operating from Palmerston North)
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Costing System and Timesheets for Fibreglass Development Limited

"We first met Girish back in 2005 at the Engineering Expo in Auckland. He was promoting his bespoke Programming services, when I was battling away with numerous spreadsheets of varying degrees of complexity, and risk. After striking up a conversation of what could be done, we commissioned Girish to develop a system to create a production system for a small part of our business.

After getting that working successfully in a very short period of time, we then began to explore more possibilities and expand our program to cover an enormous range of processes, reports and production orders etc. Despite some things being initially not possible, Girish found a way around those and got a result as required or better and we now have a production system that serves us so well, is so flexible, can continue to be added to, we are very impressed and happy with our long and pleasant association with him.

At the time, and now, any off the shelf programs have many draw backs and failings, do not cover all probabilities, are incredibly expensive and have on going license costs. This has been an upfront investment, and we own it without incessant ongoing license fees. While initially nervous about bespoke systems, we are extremely satisfied that we have something that we could not have got elsewhere and will serve us well into the future.

 FDL has no hesitating in recommending Girish for any project that he has put his hand up for. The results will be outstanding."  Steve Bond - Managing Director

Fibreglass Developments Limited is a proven market leader in the development and marketing of high quality fibre-reinforced plastic products and services.

Based in Feilding, New Zealand, their specialty is developmental work on behalf of clients, whether designing improvements to an existing product or developing a totally new product whose generic form is not normally produced in composites.

Product costing is a vital element of the company's business. The Managing Director needed a system that could be relied upon to prepare accurate quotes based on the latest prices quoted by suppliers.

The quote was required to be saved in the system and able to be called up and revised in case of changes to the customers requirements.

They needed to be able to retrieve the quote quickly, make the appropriate changes and re-send the quote to the customer.

Upon acceptance the quote was required to be converted to a work order and the Managing Director wanted to be able to track the progress of the order and compare actual cost against the quote.

Also calculate the value of work-in-progress and system-generated reports on profitability by workshop and by customer.

Nous Consulting custom-designed and delivered a costing system encompassing a quotation-builder, work-in-progress monitoring and control, time-recording and progress billing exchanging data via electronic interfaces with their payroll and accounting systems. The result was an online, multi-user record of business transactions, accessible instantly via customized menus, and with reliable data integrity. They recently expanded the system to incorporate time recording switching from manual time-sheets to direct entry by staff while at their Engineering Shops.