By Eimear Dodd Journalism MA student, @TheCity_Dublin editor, @Irish_TechNews

Technology solutions and services provider Datapac has implemented a customised ERP solution for Carlow-based Walsh Whiskey Distillery who make Writers’ Tears and the Irishman whiskeys.

The new system unifies the distillery’s different departments while providing increased oversight of all operations. It also helps to streamline the company’s production and sales processes.

Based at Royal Oak estate in Co. Carlow, Walsh Whiskey Distillery has become one of Ireland’s leading independent whiskey distilleries. The company is the only independent distillery in the world to produce all three types of Irish whiskey – pot still, malt and grain –in one still house. The distillery has the capacity to produce eight million bottles annually and exports to over 40 countries.

Mary Hayden, financial controller of Walsh Whiskey Distillery, said: “With our old system, our operations such as finance, sales, and bottling worked independently, and as a result we were spending a lot of time generating reports and sending them between departments.

Datapac successfully moved all of our processes, including business operations from purchase and sales orders to financial services and even bottling and cask management, over to Microsoft Dynamics NAV. All systems are now unified and can be accessed as one, which gives us increased oversight of all operations. Reports are also now automatically generated, providing us with significant time savings while improving efficiency.”

Datapac won a competitive tender process to install and manage a customised ERP solution based on Microsoft Dynamics NAV. With further expansion planned, Walsh Whiskey Distillery required a scalable ERP solution.

Whiskey production is a very technical process which involves large and complex equipment. The largest of Walsh Whiskey Distillery’s giant pot stills has a capacity of 15,000 litres and weighs between four and five tonnes. Over the time that it takes to produce whiskey -a minimum period of three years- a certain amount of liquid is lost from the whiskey casks through evaporation. This quantity is known to whiskey distillers as ‘the angels’ share’ and has to be accounted for within the ERP system.

Datapac’s solution meets Walsh Whiskey Distillery’s needs by integrating with its operations and archiving all of the data from the various stages of the production process. Advanced security and access management functionality makes this data easily accessible to anyone who needs it, while ensuring that it can only be accessed by those with the correct credentials.

“Walsh Whiskey Distillery has undergone significant expansion over the past year, and their old processes were no longer sustainable. They needed a modern ERP solution that would unify their systems and streamline their work practices.” said Richard Murphy, head of business solutions division at Datapac.

“Having assessed Walsh Whiskey Distillery’s needs we knew that Microsoft Dynamics NAV was the perfect fit. We’re delighted that they are already seeing the benefits of the new platform, and we look forward to continuing to work with them to help them drive their business forward.” he continued.

Established in 1999 by Bernard and Rosemary Walsh, Walsh Whiskey Distillery produces super-premium and ultra-premium, triple-distilled, craft, Irish whiskeys. The company has built a portfolio of international drinks brands including a range of eight Irish whiskeys under The Irishman and Writers’ Tears brands.

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