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General Atomics Chooses VISUAL Enterprise Aerospace and Defense for Faster End-to-End Performance


19 January 2004, Hampton, NH (USA) — General Atomics Electronic Systems, Inc. selected VISUAL Enterprise Aerospace and Defense™ from Lilly Software Associates after a comprehensive search for an integrated business solution.

“With VISUAL Enterprise Aerospace and Defense, we liked the ease-of-use, the transparency, and the ability to get critical data without having to search through multiple screens,” explains Dirk Koopman, President and COO of General Atomics Electronic Systems. “Lilly Software’s application was the closest solution to fit our business processes right out-of-the-box.”

Established in 1970 as a supplier of nuclear instrumentation, General Atomics Electronic Systems, formerly Sorrento Electronics, currently offers a range of energy-related products to government and industrial customers. The San Diego-based company designs, develops, and manufactures secure and reliable microprocessor/PC-based control and information handling systems used in industries such as petroleum and chemical, nuclear/radiation monitoring, and high power systems and components.

Three years ago, the parent company merged two separate entities under its title. Each company had been using a different ERP system, so they selected one of the solutions to ensure consistency. After a short while, it became apparent that the system could not meet the company’s growing business needs and it began to look for a replacement solution.


General Atomics Electronic Systems began searching the large list of ERP and supply chain software suppliers and decided to hire a consultant to help the company focus its needs and identify qualified candidates. It narrowed down its list to four suppliers and, after performing qualitative comparisons, General Atomics chose VISUAL Enterprise Aerospace and Defense from Lilly Software.

“We have multiple product lines and we must adhere to strict government requirements. The software had to be able to handle this,” says Koopman. “We needed tools that would allow us to retro-burden and handle the complexities of our multiple pool burden structure.”

General Atomics Electronic Systems looks forward to eliminating the time and effort of manual data entry and streamlining its reporting and data collection. “We want to see faster end-to-end performance and meet government accounting requirements with greater ease,” says Koopman. “We want to improve our productivity and efficiency so that we can accommodate our growth without increasing manpower. Our business is expanding and with the right tools, we will continue to make our customers happy and increase profits.”
General Atomics started implementing VISUAL Enterprise Aerospace and Defense in late December and it plans to go live before June of 2004. 

About Lilly Software Associates

Lilly Software Associates, Inc. provides a complete line of enterprise and supply chain solutions for manufacturers and distributors. The VISUAL Enterprise™ suite of products helps companies capture and analyze real-time data about all their business processes using ERP, Project Management, Business Performance Management, Quality Management, Customer Relationship Management, and Warehouse Management System capabilities. From award-winning software to strategies in Lean Manufacturing and TOC, Lilly Software offers companies the tools they need for higher productivity and profitability.

Most VISUAL® applications run on Windows® 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, UNIX®, LINUX, Novell®, using SQLBase®, Microsoft SQL Server®, or ORACLE® relational databases.

Lilly Software has received many industry awards for its products, service, and financial growth since its inception. Most recently, the company has been voted one of the Top 10 Best of Breed solutions for manufacturing by readers of Consumer Goods Technology, listed in Software Magazine's Top 500, selected as a Top 100 Logistics Information Technology Provider in Inbound Logistics, listed in the Top 100 Application Vendors in Supply Chain e-Business, included in MSI's Top 100 for its eighth year, and ranked as one of Start magazine's Hottest Companies.

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