DDI System Acquires Fellow Distributor ERP Provider General Data Systems

Sandy Hook, CT-based DDI System has announced the acquisition of fellow ERP solutions provider General Data Systems, which serves the small- to mid-sized distributor software space.

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Sandy Hook, CT-based DDI System, a provider of market-specific distribution ERP technology, on Wednesday announced its acquisition of General Data Systems of St Louis, MO.

General Data Systems is a solution provider in the small- to-medium-sized wholesale distributor software space. Founded in 1981, GDS has been meeting the challenges of distributors in a cross section of wholesale industry verticals.

“As the distribution marketplace meets the challenges of online competition, GDS welcomes this new partnership with DDI System and their Inform ERP software," said GDS president Allen Whiting. "Inform ERP is an exceptionally robust system handling the specific workflow of wholesale distribution while providing a unique holistic approach to CRM, mobility and e-commerce."

DDI System will extend its vast wholesale distribution technology expertise and a well-versed team of trainers, transition experts and developers to the GDS customer base.

“At DDI, we focus on distributor success leveraging industry specific functionality combined with technology to foster customer engagement in a shifting digital market,” Waller said.

GDS users were invited to engage in an open-forum session with GDS president Allen Whiting and DDI leadership on June 28. The discussion highlights the move forward strategy and address any questions current GDS users may have. The session spotlights DDI’s breadth of capabilities including a strong focus on e-commerce, embedded CRM and mobility for sales teams on-the-go.

“DDI and GDS share a deep commitment to operational excellence for the independent distributor. This merger will add even more experienced professionals to the DDI team and a well-established path forward for GDS’ loyal users,” said DDI COO Barbara Jagoe. “DDI’s history of proven data migration and implementation is what drives success early on when adopting a new ERP system. Our dedication to our clients and their distribution challenges is the reason DDI continues to be a partner of choice for over 850 distribution companies throughout North America.”

In 2014, DDI System’s acquisition of Johnstone Supply’s software division introduced more 70 Johnstone Supply store groups to the Inform ERP platform.

“DDI System has been a terrific partner, continuously adding useful technology to help distributors gain control over their largest asset and stay competitive in an evolving marketplace,” says Kim Cafferty, Owner Johnstone Supply, Omaha, NE.

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