Clariant To Switch From SSA Global's BPCS To SAP

by Hinesh Jethwani    Apr 14, 2004

Clariant India Limited, an active player in the Indian textile, leather, paper and Masterbatches segment, has decided to switch over from its existing ERP - SSA Global’s Business Planning Control System (BPCS) - to SAP 4.6c.

Speaking to CXOtoday, Sundar Vishwanathan, IT-Head, Clariant India Limited, said, “We had purchased SSA Global’s BPCS in 1994, at a cost of around Rs 3-4 crore. The ERP is being used extensively in our Mumbai and Thane offices, by a team of 80 users. Our global offices have already migrated to SAP, following the Y2K scare, and we will follow suit. The change is expected to be completed by mid 2005, and the total cost will be around Rs 3 crore.”

Clariant India does not use Linux, and has approximately 300 desktops running Windows XP and MS Office. Vishwanathan explained, “We have a small IT team, and do not want to get into system administration complications associated with Linux. Hence we are satisfied with Microsoft’s support offerings.”

The company uses an IBM AS400 as its primary server, mail servers running Lotus Notes, and 3 Intel based application servers, running customized VB-SQL apps for billing and secondary internal routines.

According to Vishwanathan, the migration will not introduce any substantial or significant benefits to the company, as BPCS has been highly customized to suit the company’s requirements. The switch is simply labeled as part of the company’s ’international policy’, as per its global initiative for standardization.

Clariant India has also deployed an in-house offline solution, called CIL Flashnet, which inter-connects its 63 distributors spread over various locations. Flashnet handles the exchange of all indenting information within the company’s distribution network.

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