Alok Industries Looks For New ERP

by Julia Fernandes    Oct 18, 2004

Alok Industries Ltd. — a player in the home textiles, apparel fabrics and garments sector — is currently on the lookout for a new ERP solution.

The selection criterion laid down by the company is that the ERP vendor should be globally recognized, and the buzz is that Oracle and SAP are already under evaluation.

Speaking to CXOtoday, K R Badhe, manager-IT, Alok Industries, said, “Till today, we haven’t faced any performance issues with our current localized ERP solution. However, the reason for us wanting to switch to a branded ERP is that information can then be easily available in real time for the entire organisation, apart from the weight that global names carry. This is more acute especially taking into account the fact that we plan to go global.”

The local ERP, which the company is using currently, has been customized as per the company’s needs and is locally maintained. The textile major has recently deployed Oracle 8i for catering to its data volume needs and Developer 6i — a developer tool from Oracle. A distributed solution has been deployed across all the 8 locations, with VPN connection provided by Sify

The company has eight locations comprising of seven factories and one head office in India. The company has more than 500 nodes running on Windows 2000 with each location having one server that runs on Windows NT.

The company is engaged in several areas of textile manufacturing processes such as yarn dyeing, woven processing, weaving, knitting, embroidery, garmenting, home textiles and texturising.