ERP roundtable discussions at the EDA on 16 May 2019

Providers of leading Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems will play a key role in the successful implementation of the ETIM classification model.

It’s why the EDA invited representatives from Agathos Systems Limited, Geddes Business Systems Limited, Intact Software, and Kerridge Commercial Systems to its Rotherwick House head office recently for an ETIM-themed round table.


Margaret Fitzsimons, CEO at the EDA, explains more:

“It is important for the ERP experts operating in the UK’s electro-technical sector to meet the EDA’s ETIM team and for us to introduce our vision for ETIM, to run through the principles of the classification, explain the journey we’ve been on and where we are now. It was also important to discuss how we might work together in the future to achieve widespread adoption of the standard.

“We also discussed a proof of concept for an industry-wide central data pool: manufacturers could upload their ETIM classified data into the data pool ready for wholesalers to download and use in print and online channels.

“All of the attendees said they found it a useful day and the EDA team will meet with each ERP provider individually to discuss how to move things forward.

“May I thank all the attendees for joining us.”

Tim Blake, Agathos Systems Limited
Cliff Mills, Geddes Business Systems Limited
Gary Mason and Mark McArdle, Intact Software
Paula Hayter and James Mitchell, Kerridge Commercial Systems
Simon Barkes, BEMCO and EDA Board of Management

What the industry needs

Mark McArdle Group Sales Director of Intact Software, a leading ERP supplier to wholesalers, commented

“In my view, ETIM-UK is showing great foresight in doing what the industry needs to meet the demands of an ever changing digital world. Many of your members may not know that yet but once you have a few early adopters, the rest will follow.

“The industry is renowned for embracing digital pricing catalogues and stakeholders (wholesalers and members) will continue to embrace central databases in a variety of ways which will be driven by market forces. The proof of concept that has been put together is excellent and heading in the right direction.”

What’s an ERP?

Enterprise Resource Planning – ERP – systems process data from a variety of business functions from accounting to manufacturing, purchasing to sales. Often referred to as the “back office” system, the ERP reports on:

  • cash
  • raw materials
  • production capacity
  • orders
  • purchase orders, and
  • payroll