MedAustron treats tumor diseases and does research with protons and carbon ions. In terms of its software system, the company has been working with the Microsoft Dynamics NAV ERP system for a long time in a heterogeneous environment. The COSMO CONSULT Group was commissioned with standardizing and modernizing the system landscape. Today, the center benefits from efficient business processes and a flexible, future-proof IT infrastructure.
Radiation therapy is one of the three most important forms of treatment for tumor patients, alongside surgery and chemotherapy. But its use is problematic: The radiation destroys not only cancer cells, but also healthy tissue. A less destructive method is radiation treatment with protons and carbon ions. The treatment and research center MedAustron offers this special type of therapy, the ion therapy, which adds to the conventional treatment, and does research in the field. The institute was founded in 2007 and is indirectly owned by the state of Lower Austria.
In terms of software, the center has been working with the Microsoft Dynamics NAV ERP system for some time. But not exclusively. Some processes are supported by related applications. The COSMO CONSULT Group was commissioned to integrate the existing business processes and to extensively harmonize the software landscape. In addition to this, central areas such as financial accounting, materials management and asset management were to be modernized.
As a first step, the project team updated Dynamics NAV to the latest version and migrated the existing legacy data to the new version. After that, the entire financial system was transferred to the new ERP system. The order process, including the associated approval processes, however, continued to be done in the previous software. In order to process purchase orders automatically in financial accounting and controlling, an efficient interface to Dynamics NAV was created. Both applications are now seamlessly interconnected.
Today, MedAustron works with a homogenous, modern IT infrastructure. Dynamics NAV has proved to be an open, flexible platform to which third-party applications can be easily connected. In this way, complete integration of processes was achieved - even across system boundaries. This is an important advantage for the therapy and research center, which will allow it to respond to future challenges quickly and always be ready to take action.