Nike Australia partner Retail Prodigy Group has signed a deal to deploy Pronto Software’s latest enterprise resource planning and business intelligence solution, Pronto Xi Dimensions.

Retail Prodigy Group holds a master franchise agreement with Nike in Australia, establishing three Nike only stores since July 2011.

To help drive its aggressive growth strategy, Retail Prodigy Group needed an integrated solution that offers business intelligence (BI) functionality and swift implementation.

Retail Prodigy Group has implemented a range of Pronto Xi Dimensions tools including financials, distribution, point-of-sale, CRM and IBM Cognos 10. The solution went live in Retail Prodigy Group’s Melbourne Central, Charlestown and Penrith stores in late 2011. It will also be deployed in additional stores scheduled to open in Queensland and New South Wales in the next three months.

Retail Prodigy Group’s general manager Andrew McDonald said having a solution that brings together ERP transactions and BI Analytics in the one product is a key benefit.

“In retail, we need to be able to access and analyse good quality information for better decision making. Having had prior experience with Cognos, I knew it was a strong analytics tool that would deliver us this insight,” he said.

As part of the implementation of Pronto Xi Dimensions, Retail Prodigy Group has also chosen to deploy a SaaS model via Pronto Hosted Services (PHS), which will enable solutions to be managed, monitored and maintained offsite.

“Being a lean operation that has minimal IT infrastructures or resources, we wanted a fully hosted solution that could be managed offsite with a level of assuredness that our data was secure. It also saved us a substantial upfront IT investment and will assist us in keeping ongoing costs down,” McDonald said.

“Having a tight turnaround on implementation was crucial to the success of our Melbourne flagship store. This then laid a strong foundation for growth across following stores.