A key feature of smart retail operation is its agility and enabling the participants make data- backed judgments in real time, and perform appropriate actions. This is achieved by creating a platform that ensures the right data is accessible to the right individuals at the right time. Microsoft Navision Suite has proved to be a useful and effective tool for building agile retail operations. Using the tool, the different departments of a retail network are modeled and technical work-flows are designed and implemented. The result would be a holistic implementation that guarantees consistent data governance, and that assures all the component entities (inventory, sales, merchant, finance, etc) have a unified view over the operation.
How Can Blue River Help?
Being present in the retail sector and having experienced its challenges, Blue River has an extensive experience in rolling out Navision Suite in the retail sector. In particular, we offer the following services to retailers across the globe :
1- Readiness analysis Each market has its own specific parameters. These include political, technical or financial constraints, to name a few. In Blue River, we utilise a team of experts that would analysis thoroughly the market’s specific requirements and the retailer’s existing processes, and then provide the risks, challenges and benefits of the adoption of Navision. 2- As-is analysis and the detection of pain-points In this activity, we dive deeper into our analysis, and create user stories for the different participants of a retailer network based on the domestic conditions. We analyse the existing processes, detect deficiencies and pain-points and then provide a detailed plan to make them closer to the best practices. 3- Solution design In this phase, our expert team works towards creating a technical blueprint for the implementation. The input would be the result of the previous step (goals, what needs to be achieved) and the output would be a set of technical documents and workflow documentations (that show how to achieve the goals) which are readily consumable by the technical and managerial teams. 4- Supervision and implementation The implementation is the phase where the process designs are realised in Navision engine. In case the retailer prefers to perform the implementation in-house using their own technical team, Blue River is able to help with supervision, and making sure the implementation is validated and verified with respect with the project goals. Nevertheless, in case the retailer requires, Blue River can allocate a dedicated team of technical staff to perform the implementation phase. 5- Continuous improvement A retailer is similar to a live body and based on market changes, new modifications become essential. Blue River follows a continuous improvement, continuous deploymentapproach, where the best practices are constantly identified and are translated into Navision libraries, modules and patches, and these are obviously available to our partners to be loaded on to their installations