Strafford Client Success In Construction

Guaranteed Uptime and A Faster Financial Close Process

Gypsum Management and Supply Inc. (GMS) provides logistical and administrative support to contractors and builders. They operate a nationwide network of distribution centers and subsidiary companies, and distribute more than 20,000 industry-leading products nationwide. They demand a robust and reliable consolidation, close and reporting solution, as well as reliable access to the data 24/7.

Constant growth through acquisitions made GMS, Inc., a Georgia-based construction distribution company, realize the importance of reliable system accessibility and the need for an upgrade to their existing Oracle Hyperion finance solutions. Strafford stood above the competition with their expertise in Hyperion products and their ability to offer a secure and reliable cloud hosting service – all with affordable pricing and comprehensive support services.

"Our previous HFM hosting service provider was strong on the network side, but lacked the HFM-
specific knowledge and resources we needed."


~ David, Accounting Manager

Challenge

Reliable access to financial data is important to all companies. With a constant influx of new company information due to business growth, the GMS financial needed to replace an unreliable hosting partner and an outdated finance solution.

Solution

The first phase of the project focused on migrating their Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) application to Strafford’s Private EPM Cloud, and then on upgrading to the newest version. The upgrade from Hyperion v11.1.2.3 to v11.1.2.4 was a challenge because the new data load interface was a separate program that had its own login, but Strafford was able to rebuild the URL and interface to give them complete functionality in less than a month.

"Strafford planned, implemented and now actively manages our new finance environment. What’s more, they continue to respond quickly and efficiently to every issue we encounter."

~ Collin, Assistant Controller

Results

With the implementation and upgrade completed, Strafford remains on-call to help GMS with any issues that may come up.  Their new managed application hosting environment and upgraded finance solutions not only delivers guaranteed uptime and a faster financial close, but:

  • Greater System Reliability
  • High Availability
  • Improved Functionality
  • Better, Faster Consolidation, Close and Reporting Process
  • Scalable Finance Environment
  • Automatic Application Upgrades
  • 24/7 System Support

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