From its beginnings in 1927, Carolina Biological Supply Company (Carolina) has grown to become a leading supplier of science teaching materials for teachers, professors, home-school educators, and professionals in health and science-related fields. It provides educators with a research-based, hands-on science curriculum that replaces textbooks with more effective learning that’s fun. The company works in partnership with educators and scientists to provide everything needed for science and math education, including living organisms, preserved specimens, anatomical models, laboratory equipment, microscopes, and teacher resources.
Prior to implementing JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, Carolina Biological Supply used a Lawson ERP system, which was limited in capability for managing a company of Carolina’s size. The company also previously used a business intelligence tool from Showcase, which was coming to end of life. Carolina began to build an information system-centric infrastructure around reporting and data analysis.
The company selected JD Edwards EnterpriseOne because it had the capability required to support Carolina as it grew. In addition, after evaluating three or four competitive solutions, Carolina chose Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition because it best fit the company’s reporting needs and integrated easily with the JD Edwards suite. Finally, the company chose Oracle ATG Web Commerce because it provided business-to-business and business-to-consumer functionality in one platform.
“Working with one vendor across our ERP, business intelligence, and web commerce platforms is very valuable to us. We like the direction Oracle is taking as it builds web services between its systems, enabling them to work more easily with each other. That ease of integration tipped the scales for us,” said David Lyle, CIO, Carolina Biological Supply Company.
Carolina Biological Supply purchased and implemented Oracle’s JD Edwards World XE in 2003 and upgraded to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 8.11 in 2006. In 2010, after four successful years on version 8.11, Carolina upgraded to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.0.
When upgrading to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 8.11, Carolina used CD Group’s upgrade methodology and partnered with Brij and the Premier Group to augment staff with skilled JD Edwards EnterpriseOne professionals. While Carolina completed its upgrade to version 9.0, in house, it worked with CD Group on its Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition deployment.
Carolina worked with Vachio Solutions Group and Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services on its Oracle ATG Web Commerce implementation.