Foregale, a manufacturer and service provider to the roofing, cladding and reinforcement industries, has upgraded its financial software to Opera 3. The upgrade is ensuring that Foregale has future proofed its finance systems and processes. Established in 1981, Foregale has a turnover of £7.5 million and employs 45 people across its three divisions of steel, roofing and non-ferrous metals.
Foregale has been using Opera II since 2004 having upgraded from a primitive Unix system which still required many pen and paper based processes. Now every aspect of the Foregale business runs through Opera 3, from sales to accounts, dispatch notes to credit notes.
As with most businesses operating in a tough economic climate, Foregale keeps a tight hand on customer account management. Thanks to Opera 3’s reporting capabilities, customer reports can be run within seconds, any irregularities such as delayed payments quickly identified and swift appropriate action taken as necessary.
“Moving to Opera 3 was the best thing Foregale has ever done and without it we’d be unable to operate successfully,” says Tim Scott, accounts manager, Foregale. “Reports can be produced within seconds as opposed to days and backups can run automatically over night without requiring manual intervention. Opera 3 is simple, clean and intuitive which makes it easy to gather crucial business information in a timely manner.
“The improved user interface provided by this latest version means that multiple screens can be open at any one time, making it easier to switch tasks. Additionally, there is more flexibility when inputting data into forms, such as a cash book, in Opera 3 which means that content can be more descriptive, thereby reducing the risk of any confusion from using abbreviated text. Put simply, thanks to Opera 3, Foregale can operate as an efficient and streamlined business, well placed to ride out the economic storms both now and in the future.”
Foregale has 15 Opera 3 users and the system is accessed both by personnel in its head office in Liversedge and remotely by an additional team based in Hull.