In Part 1 of our “Day in the Life” series, we provided a glimpse into Bruno’s use of OBeer software from the brewer’s perspective. This segment focuses on the life of the brewery accountant through the eyes of Penny. Penny’s story embodies the brewery accountant persona and the constraints they encounter due to multiple systems. Even the most experienced brewery accountant will see things slip through the cracks without the right systems in place.
Meet Penny – The Brewery Accountant
Meet Penny. As the accounting guru and keeper of the cash for Bill’s Brewery, Penny oversees all brewery accounting activities, even ordering materials here and there. Given her complex responsibilities, Penny relies on a convoluted system of hand-written notes, bookkeeping software and spreadsheets to keep everything in order.
When Sal the Sales Guy drops off his weekly sales order for Penny, things get dicey. Her desk already stacked high with papers, Penny embarks on her tedious endeavor to manually input all Sal’s data.
As Penny is finishing her data entry, she gets a call from a customer asking about a missing invoice. As Penny scours her spreadsheets, bookkeeping software and notes, she soon realizes that Sal probably didn’t create the order.
After a quick visit with Sal netted no results, Penny voices her frustrations with Bill, the brewery owner.
Penny says the inefficient systems in Sales are preventing her from doing her job. If she is going to keep the brewery accounting in check she needs better systems in place.
The Brewery Problem Explained
After hearing Penny’s story, Bill dives into researching brewery accounting systems. Sometime later he meets with Penny to share his findings. Turns out that “the problem” wasn’t an isolated issue for any one person or department, or even a brewery accounting software problem. The problem occurred across every department in the brewery. “The problem” was the inability to connect the dots between the various spreadsheets, bookkeeping software, web apps, proprietary knowledge, and handwritten notes.
A New Normal with Brewery Software
Bill explains that with OrchestratedBEER’s all-in-one brewery management software, real-time sales, accounting, production and inventory numbers are tied together in a centralized place. This allows accurate, timely information to flow freely between departments, automating much of the tedious manual entry Penny spends her time on.
With OBeer, Penny would now automatically receive Sal’s order rather than hand-written notes on the back of napkins and recycled paper. Customers and distributors could place their own orders, and view reports on The OBeer Customer Web Portal.
The entire sales process from Order, Shipments to Invoices would be managed in the same place to prevent discrepancies. No more missing invoices, awkward conversations with customers, or things slipping through the cracks because the multiple systems didn’t talk to each other.
Head over to Penny’s brewery accounting feature page for a more in-depth look at all the other accounting & finance features Penny and her colleagues utilize to eliminate the dual entry and automate the brewery’s accounting processes.