Capitalizing on Regulations, Cybersecurity, RF IDeas Sees Global Growth

Founded in 1995 by two entrepreneurs who foresaw the increasing need for secure access technology, RF IDeas has grown to become one of the leaders in card-based authentication and RFID readers, distributing its products to several countries all over the globe. It was named in Inc. magazine's list of America's Fastest Growing Private Companies from 2011 through 2015, when it was acquired by a large public company.


COMPANY

RF IDeas

LOCATION

Rolling Meadows, Ill.

INDUSTRY

Manufacturing

EMPLOYEES

50–99

NUMBER OF USERS

53

NUMBER OF COUNTRIES

More than 10

SYSTEM REPLACED

Greentree

OTHER SOLUTIONS CONSIDERED

SAP, Microsoft

NETSUITE PRODUCTS IMPLEMENTED

NetSuite
ERP
CRM

IMPLEMENTATION PARTNER

NetSuite Professional Services

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“We measured the project in three dimensions, on budget, on feature and on time. We got probably 98 percent of the features we were looking for. The budget was exactly as described to us and the implementation was right on time.” Jim Dahlin, Operations Manager, RF IDeas

Securing a Spot as an Industry Leader

HIPAA, cybersecurity drive growth
RF IDeas’ business took off as a number of factors came together for the company, including government regulations like HIPAA that drove demand for its products to protect patient data, a rise in cybercrimes and new innovations like secure print management systems that protect legal documents and help prevent printing waste.
NetSuite over Microsoft, SAP
An ERP system that RF IDeas used for years showed its limitations as the company grew. When it went down for a few days, RF IDeas knew it was time for a new solution and selected NetSuite over SAP and Microsoft, due in part to NetSuite’s rapid implementation time.
Rapid implementation
With a dedicated five-person internal team and NetSuite Professional Services, RF IDeas implemented NetSuite in 150 days, adopting leading practices with minimal customization. RF IDeas has reduced the duration of the monthly close process and has taken advantage of the flexible and on-demand reporting benefits.
ERP continues to evolve
A project manager brought in to help with the implementation has been hired full time to help RF IDeas evolve its use of NetSuite. The company added integration with Avalara for sales tax compliance and has improved cycle counting at the warehouse with NetSuite inventory management.

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