The board had a feeling that our systems were not able to deliver on the business’s requirements. The Al Shirawi Group in the UAE is in an enviable position – it found itself needing a new ERP system, to cope with the dramatic growth its divisions were seeing.
In the Middle East’s booming economies, more and more companies are being forced to scale their systems to meet new business requirements, and Al Shirawi Group’s eight companies – each with several business units – is a good exemplar.
“There is a very wide variety of business types across the companies, a very broad spectrum of industries,” says M Chaturvedi, director of IT for Al Shirawi. “These industries consist of manufacturing, trading, projects, air conditioning.”
He says the impetus for the ERP project came from the group’s board of directors. They felt the group needed a more cohesive approach to data and information from its companies – the current systems deliver company data in a rather different format to that desired by the directors.
“The board of directors wanted to consolidate everything on one system,” explains Chaturvedi. “They had a feeling that the business was growing, and our systems were not able to deliver on the business’s increasing requirements. Read the complete story