Akruti Nirman Dumps Quadra

by Abhishek Raval    May 24, 2007

Driven by the need for flexibility in incorporating features in the core business application, Akruti Nirman, a Mumbai-based real estate company has decided to shun its existing core business application - Quadra. It has decided to build one instead.

Speaking to CXOtoday.com, Shrenik Mehta, AGM (IT) of Akruti Nirman said, “We wish to move over to a system that provides us the capability to incorporate functionalities as and when needed. And we thought that would be best achieved if we build an ERP ourselves.”

The company apparently wants to refurbish its customer relationship as it plans to incorporate features such as complaint management, mobile management, etc. to its core application. But the IT head felt that with Quadra, the incorporation of new features was becoming rather cumbersome.

Additionally, the existing system was leading to data incongruence. “Quadra failed to enable an auto update of reports. This was resulting in a significant mismatch of data and repetitive work,” explained Mehta. Even at the back end of systems the company has planned to move over to .Net development platform from the existing combination of VisualBasic-SQL.

The company expects the complaint management module to provide information on common problems that crop up during various project installations, and their remedy. Akruti is in the stage of listing all the activities from getting an order to project-handover. Later, these will be integrated into its new ERP. This would help compare costs.

Also in the offing, is the installation of a facility to monitor project sites live. This way, Mehta plans remote inspection of various sites without actually visiting them.

Mehta believes that for the successful implementation of IT systems it is important for an organization to make every employee aware of the initiative. He is also of the view that for an organization to implement an ERP, the top brass should be able to convey the seriousness of implementing the solution to the departments down the line.

Powersoft IT, the sister concern of Akruti Nirman is developing the ERP.