Wolverine Group Inc.
Challenge: As a diversified energy services and construction business, Wolverine Group has several different business units, with different accounting systems that didn’t integrate or work together.
Result: An easy-to-use system that provides reliable, trustworthy numbers for the business.
Wolverine Group is a diversified energy services and construction business with a variety of business units that encompass trucking, construction, seismic, rentals, tubulars and downhole tools. The company has 8 locations in Western Canada and depending on the season, up to 300 employees.
The company started in 1952 as a rig service equipment company and over the years has added services to the business making it the size it is today. But with that growth came a hodgepodge of systems as new business units were added to the company. The organization had tried a number of different accounting systems but they found that no one system could span across all the business units and incorporate data and numbers into one central location.
Then they turned to VistaVu Solutions for a comprehensive all-in-one program tied in with SAP. “The nice thing about SAP Business One and VistaVu is that we could use it in our rentals business, or our construction business, or our field tickets, or site service business and it all worked the same,” said Jesse Douglas, President of Wolverine Group Inc. “FieldVu Express has had a huge impact on our business. It’s been great to be able to get that real time job costing and reporting functionality. We know where our equipment is, we know where our people are, we know what they’ve done every day and in a paper world that just wasn’t happening,” Jesse added. The company uses FieldVu Express for all of their field ticketing needs in all of their business units – from a rentals ticket, to a construction ticket or a daily time ticket – it’s all done within the job costing entry system.
“Given that we were using so many accounting systems, the reliability is the really big thing for us. The fact that we can trust the numbers, they’re easy to audit when we have questions about them. We really know what is coming out of that system. We can trust in our business,” said Jesse. For Wolverine Group, this system will be what enables the company to continue to expand their operations and serve their customers; focusing on their commitment to safety, on-time delivery, and excellent service. Jesse added, “Our staff, overall, are very happy using it. For those that were using a simpler system, they are very happy it’s not too difficult. For those that were using a more complicated system, they are very happy that it is simple and trustworthy.”