Optimizing Decision Making at Algoma with MHC Automation
Algoma Central Corporation chooses MHC Software to optimize decision-making across Finance and HR
A leader in dry-bulk and liquid bulk transportation, this Canadian shipping company owns and operates the largest Canadian flag fleet of dry-bulk carriers and product tankers operating on the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Waterway. Algoma also has interests in ocean dry-bulk and product tanker vessels operating in international markets and owns a diversified ship repair and steel fabricating facility serving customers in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence regions of Canada. In addition to shipping and repair services, Algoma owns and manages commercial real estate properties in several cities across Ontario. As a diversified company, Algoma Central Corporation operates out of many different locations.
Algoma needed help with consolidation efforts; their large number of offices made information-sharing and invoice approvals very difficult
In addition, they needed electronic access to employee files to help centralize HR functionality and be less dependent on physical file cabinets
Algoma sought automated technology solutions designed to streamline information access
MHC Software delivered Infor Lawson-integrated document management through a combination of MHC Image ExpressTM and MHC Document ExpressTM functionality
The company’s authorized finance and HR department users quickly and securely access documents whenever they need them, improving document information visibility across locations
Invoice approvers are able to approve or reject invoices submitted for payment based on electronic access to supporting documents
MHC and Algoma deployed the initial phase of MHC solutions within 60 days
Algoma has continued to expand the use of imaging and workflow functionality, integrated with Infor Lawson and outside of the ERP, to support an increasing number of document types
Algoma HR resources can better support employees and focus on more important HR efforts than paper-pushing activities
Finance and procurement resources can access the information they need electronically from wherever they are without needing to contact someone to search for files in a cabinet in another city
The solution achieved cost savings for Algoma by reducing administrative costs associated with document retrieval and increasing throughput
BUSINESS FUNCTIONS IMPACTED
Finance, Procurement, and Human Resources
• Needed electronic access to employee files
MHC Image Express Infor Lawson-integrated document management, coupled with MHC Document Express
• Continue to add new functional applications each quarter
• Adding 2,800 Procurement documents monthly • Adding 6,100 HR and Payroll documents monthly
• Quick indexing of education, competency, certification review information, grievances, and disciplinary action documents
• Optimized decision-making across finance and HR functions
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