In what could be termed as the largest consolidation effort in the history of the company, the diversified Al Shirawi Group has initiated an enterprise wide application and infrastructure centralisation exercise that is aimed at leaving legacy behind.
With over 30 diversified companies structured across eight business units under its umbrella, the Al Shirawi Group found itself at cross roads. “Growth was excellent. The group had diversified interests from manufacturing, trading, plastic, printing, global shipping to logistics and transportation, but each company was operating within its own island of systems. The infrastructure was also sagging. If we had to keep up with the pace of growth, change had to be initiated,” says MN Chaturvedi, Director of IT at Al Shirawi Group of Companies.
“Having run the business on Informix based systems for over 10 years we found that we needed applications and systems that could enable management to get a group picture. The first step therefore was to head towards a major ERP initiative,” Chaturvedi adds. In line with this plan, the company took the decision to implement the Oracle e-Business Suite based on HP servers to integrate the different lines of activity including manufacturing, projects and accounts at the group level. “We decided to invest in one central system that could integrate various aspects and then integrate best of breed, vertical, domain specific applications that some of our business interests would need,” he adds. With the application centralisation underway, the next step was to ensure that an infrastructure that could cope with growth was put in place Read the complete story [PDF]