Dole is the world's largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. In 2006, Dole South Africa realised their information systems were restrictive. The system was inflexible and not locally supported, and didn't integrate well with desktop software.

Various well known ERP options were considered. But costs, impact on business practices, and the lack of flexibility to give Dole a competitive edge disqualified them. Against the advice of their parent company, Dole asked ViaData to build the system using the Catalyst Business Systems Engine.

The scope for the full transactional processing ERP system they desired was massive, but the nature of the fruit business lent itself to an Agile approach, with project deadlines linked to the seasonal calendar. The use of Agile methodology and Catalyst allowed ViaData to deliver value at a rapid pace; ahead of tight deadlines. The customer's delight in the results speaks volumes.

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