Bajaj Electricals Plans Business Partner Extranet

by Hinesh Jethwani    Apr 08, 2004

Bajaj Electricals is planning to setup an extranet site, called ’Bajaj Extranet’, to integrate its business partners, which will constitute approximately 25 suppliers and 50 dealers this year.

Speaking to CXOtoday, Pratap S. Gharge, GM & Head- IT, Bajaj Electricals Ltd., said, “Our organization has an extensive geographical spread, with 19 branches, 6 depots and 5 marketing business units. Network infrastructure, facilitated by 64 Kbps leased lines from MTNL and DoT, connect the different locations together. Bajaj Extranet was designed by an in-house team of professionals, with ASP as the front end and SQL as the backend.”

The Extranet will reduce errors and confusions by electronically integrating partners, and bring in transparencies into the company’s business. It will provide facilities to clear payments online, and make the statement of accounts and order status available online. Also planned in phase two is mapping the secondary sales information on the Extranet.

“We typically spend around Rs 2 crore annually on IT, which amounts to 0.005 % of our total turnover. We use a Sun enterprise class E 4500 Server, with 6 CPUs and a 300 GB capacity drive, 6 Citrix servers and 1 Intranet server,” detailed Gharge.

The Extranet will continuously update dispatch details, as Bajaj Electricals has many outsourced manufacturing suppliers, who forward finish goods. This technology will help streamline the company’s commitment process to its end customers.

The company also plans to upgrade its Oracle 8.1.17 database - which runs OLEDB applications at the back end - to Oracle 9i this year.

Bajaj Electricals also uses a homegrown ERP, across 300-350 users, which was developed after two years of R&D. It has outsourced the payroll module, as it is an independent activity, to a company called Intelligent Computer Systems. However, for its factory unit and Engineering & Project division in Pune, the company has purchased JD Edwards at a cost of Rs 30 lakh.

As the number of locations has grown considerably, the company is planning to streamline its spread and cut down some sites for reducing its network infrastructure.

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