The BellHawk software works "out-of-the-box" and can be configured by its users to meet most of the inventory and production tracking requirements of each organization. Also the Bell-Connector software can be used to implement many automated data exchanges with ERP and accounting systems without custom programming.
We encourage users to take a "Do It Yourself" approach to systems implementation, wherever possible, and provide extensive documentation on how to install, configure, and use the BellHawk and Bell-Connector software.
At the same time we recognize that these activities can be time consuming. Reading through a 6" thick stack of manuals to learn all the details of how to implement and use a an operations and materials tracking system can take a lot of time, especially if you are learning a lot of new technology and principles involved. Add in the complexity of configuring Bell-Connector to exchange data with an ERP or an accounting system and the process can quickly become overwhelming, especially for someone trying to do a full time job filled with other responsibilities.
As a result, many of our clients rely on BellHawk Systems' staff to provide project management, installation, configuration, database setup, systems integration, user training and support services. They also rely on our guidance and expertise for the best way to implement the operations tracking system to achieve the desired result, including selection of the needed barcode and RFID equipment and supplies.
We recommend that deployment occurs in a series of phases, such as implementing tracking in (1) receiving and put-away, (2) a production area, or (3) packing, warehousing, and shipping of finished products; but not necessarily in that order.
Where BellHawk Systems is managing the deployment project we use an Agile implementation method to enable the operations management systems to be deployed as quickly and as inexpensively as possible. This typically proceeds as follows:
Note that this process does not require the writing of a detailed specification for the system or long delays in coding and testing to this specification. The existing BellHawk software is deployed immediately in the training room pilot (often within 24 hours) and then quickly and incrementally tweaked and tailored to meet the business needs of the specific application. Also testing is done with just one of each device so that a change can be made before purchasing multiple devices, if the ergonomics of the device do not work in the specific application. This can dramatically cut the time, cost and risks in deploying a real-time operations tracking and management system.
As both BellHawk and Bell-Connector are designed to be easily configured and customized for a wide range of applications, they can easily be modified as our clients need to respond to new demands by their customers and changed market conditions.
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