Before Katana, System76 used the usual route of using spreadsheets for their business management. Spreadsheets are a great tool for starters and micro-businesses, however, once the company grows, introduces new products, materials, and employees, following all the moving parts in a spreadsheet becomes quite exhausting.
Being an electronics and technology manufacturer, System76 began to experience difficulties following the stock movement throughout the production process, production job scheduling, and the inevitable pain manual of spreadsheet updating. Three main challenges they wanted to solve were:
- Streamlined stock management from materials to finished items;
- Production task prioritization, and
- Sort out operation and task order in a production task.