“Paragon drove the system conversion the entire way and their involvement turned out to be absolutely essential to the success of our transition.”
– Chris Bogan, Chief Operating Officer, Union Biometrica
A medical instrumentation manufacturer, Union Biometrica provides systems for the automated analysis and sorting of viable multicellular organisms, cells and other large particles. Located in Holliston, Massachusetts, Union Bio is a recent spin-off of its parent company, Harvard Bioscience (NASDAQ: HBIO), a developer and manufacturer of products used to advance life science research. Now, as a separate, independent company comprised of 18 employees, Union Bio no longer had access to its parent company’s sophisticated financial system they had been utilizing for the past seven years, and was suddenly faced with implementing a system to meet its own needs. Like most organizations, Union Bio could not afford the time, resources or the pain of a forced system conversion. Fortunately, the company turned to Paragon Software Solutions. With more than 25 years of implementation, integration, upgrade and migration system experience, Paragon helped transition Union Bio to a new system with minimum interruptions and headaches, meeting all the requirements for the “new” company.
Paragon Eases Union Bio’s Transition, Minimizes Downtime
As a spin-off, Union Bio was similar to a small start-up company with lim-ited resources. They were in a unique situation though, as they were used to all the bells and whistles of a larger organization’s financial system. But now, they needed a system to meet its own specific needs, and cost, ease of use and partner experience and compatibility were all key considerations. Additionally, they were looking to minimize the impact of the conversion on day-to-day operations and minimize downtime, which they knew could be significant if the correct processes were not in place.
“As a small company, we could not risk putting sales and manufacturing on hold for any period of time during a system transition,” commented Chris Bogan, Chief Operating Officer at Union Biometrica. “It was imperative we were up and running efficiently and as quickly as possible with minimal impact to our day to day business.”
Paragon proved the perfect solution for Union Bio. With Paragon’s depth of experience, Union Bio had all the answers to its questions – big and little. And actually, Union Bio did not fully realize the enormous importance and role of the partner at the onset of the project. In fact, the two organizations enjoyed real compatibility that helped in the transition, and Union Bio really appreciated Paragon’s entrepreneurial mindset, a real business sense, that helped in the process.
“Paragon drove this system conversion from beginning to end, key to success of this project,” continued Chris Bogan. “In fact, the importance of the partner in the project was really underestimated. Now that we’ve been through the entire process, we appreciate the compatibility of our organizations, Paragon’s unmatched experience and unprecedented support. They sprinted with us the entire way – from the starting line to the finish. Their involvement turned out to be absolutely essential to the success of the conversion.”