Concept Selects Local ERP Over Top Brands

by Amit Tripathi    Nov 17, 2004

After evaluating several established ERP players, Mumbai-based Base Information Systems has won hands down as the ideal choice for meeting the needs of the Rs 140-crore Concept Pharmaceuticals.

Speaking to CXOtoday, Suresh Kamath, general manager-information technology, Concept Pharmaceuticals said, “We selected Base Information Systems as we found their offering to be specific to the pharma industry’s needs.” According to Kamath, the cost factor was another major reason why branded ERP manufacturers lost out in this case.

Selection of the vendor comprised of studying case studies of other implementations, fine tuning the AS-IS processes and elaborating the TO-BE processes, and setting benchmarks regarding certain key processes.

Explaining the hardware support for the current initiative, Kamath said, “We have deployed IBM xSeries servers with Windows 2000 as the server-level operating system and Windows 98 at the desktop-level.”

The deployment of the ERP solution has been on since the last six months and Kamath observed that it would take at least another four months for completion. The timeframe is understandable since the company will do away with its legacy systems (like a few Foxpro based applications) in a phased manner rather than go for a ‘Big Bang’ approach. The company is spending close to Rs 30 lakh on this initiative.

Concept Pharmaceuticals has purchased unlimited user licences from the ERP vendor. The ERP system will be first used by the clearing and forwarding section of the enterprise. Once the ERP implementation is over, Kamath says an elaborate initiative for sales force automation will commence.

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