Building the Company
Beginning as a family business in 1978, Cameron’s Specialty Coffee has experienced incredible growth over the past 40 years. Long before the days when a trendy coffee shop could be found on every corner, Jim and Janie Cameron made it their mission to bring coffeehouse-quality specialty roasts to people at their local grocery stores.
But with time and growth came added complexity, and even with the help of modern systems, reporting on and analyzing the business became an increasingly difficult task.
“It would be very time consuming to pull the data out, and then sort and segregate the data by customer or product line,” says Cameron’s CFO Rob Bunten. “We would have to reinvent the wheel every time we did these reports. And we were getting more and more pressure to report more information more quickly.”
Seeing the limitations of their ERP, the Cameron’s team began their search for a more specialized tool for reporting on and analyzing the business.
After exploring their options, the Cameron’s team decided on Catalyst by EBM Software for their business performance solution. “We looked at a couple of other options, but found they weren’t as flexible as we’d want them to be,” says Bunten. “Catalyst could be more customized to what our needs were.”
Transitioning to the new system in 2018 couldn’t have come at a better time. The company had just added a new Vice President of Finance, Josh Anderson, and was also preparing for sale. Needless to say, the demand for data was at an all-time high.
EBM Software worked with Cameron’s to ensure they could easily slice and dice their data the way they needed to, in order to gain a better understanding of the business and get critical information to key stakeholders quickly.