IRVINE, CALIFORNIA—April 20, 2015 – Zumasys, a leading provider of cloud computing and infrastructure solutions to small and medium-sized businesses, announced that Amtech celebrated their 5th anniversary in the Zumasys Cloud. Amtech is a jBASE user and one of the fastest growing small businesses in the state of Washington. Amtech manufactures custom-molded composites and fiberglass products..
Since 2009, Amtech has relied on PRO:MAN, a real-time ERP tool built on the jBASE database from Zumasys. PRO:MAN is an integrated application that connects and manages nearly all of Amtech’s internal operations, from sales through the general ledger, accounts payable, manufacturing, and purchasing.
“Most of the other vendors we talked to were offering a ‘one size fits all’ approach, and I knew we had a unique situation with our core application. Zumasys offered a concrete solution to what we saw as a very big weakness within our IT environment.” – Jacqui Jensen, Controller, Amtech
When Amtech changed ownership in 2009, the company performed a thorough audit of its internal IT systems and process, which revealed significant gaps in disaster recovery for the company’s PRO:MAN ERP tool, the heartbeat of the company.
Amtech’s PRO:MAN application resided on an on-site server that was backed up nightly to tape. Every week, Jensen herself transported the tapes off site for safekeeping. In the event of a disaster, Amtech could lose up to a week of critical business data. It could take up to four days to replace Amtech’s PRO:MAN server, during which time critical business operations would grind to a halt. Customer service reps would be forced to hand-write orders, sales would lose visibility into stock and production, and all operational reporting capabilities would be gone.
“The more we looked at it, we realized that having the server on site was a huge liability for us,” says Jensen. “We realized that tape backup was dated technology, notwithstanding the time it would take to recover from a tape backup. As our business was growing, it became more and more critical that if we had to restore, we needed to be up instantly.”