Dharamsi Morarji Moves From Foxpro To .Net Platform

by Amit Tripathi    Feb 01, 2005

Technology’s alignment with business is finally coming of age at Dharamsi Morarji Chemicals Company Ltd., (DMCC), with almost every segment of its IT infrastructure being migrated to the next level. The company’s existing Foxpro based legacy systems is currently being migrated to the .Net/Oracle combination.

Speaking to CXOtoday, Ramchandra Warang, manager-IT, DMCC, said, “We had disparate Foxpro based applications that could not handle multiple data entry points. Secondly, we wanted information to be available online in order to bridge the gap between information flow from the enterprise to the customers. These were the key objectives of our application migration and integration initiative, which commences from today.”

As of now the modules that are integrated include the sales order confirmation, material handling, and dispatch. Gradually, inventory, purchase, finance, maintenance and house keeping would also be integrated.

The integration is being handled by System and Software Enterprises, the company whom DMCC has outsourced the software maintenance. The hardware maintenance too is outsourced and is maintained by Allied Digital.

DMCC would spend roughly Rs eight lakh in this migration initiative that would be completed within six months.

Warang, who reports directly to the managing director of his company, says that convincing the management of the initiative was not a hassle. He succeeded in convincing them on the return on investment (ROI), on two counts. First, an approximate 40% savings on employee cost (Rs 10 lakh/annum), and second, online and fast communication with the customers, which would aid in maintaining and enlarging the customer base.

About a year ago the company bought 25 user licenses of Oracle 9i database. Similarly, the mailing platform too was changed from Lotus Notes to Linux based Sendmail. Says Warang, “We spent a paltry Rs 1.5 lakh on Sendmail whereas the annual maintenance charge (AMC) on Lotus Notes was Rs two lakh.”

Close on the heels of the application migration is an initiative to overhaul the hardware infrastructure. Warang informs, “We shall be buying 6 x-series IBM servers on Windows 2000 operating system by the end of March 2006 at an expense of around Rs 50 lakh.”

Once the application migration is complete the three locations of the company, namely Ambernath, Roha, and Jar would then move to broadband from the present dial-up connectivity.

DMCC and its associate companies are involved in the manufacture of fertilisers, commodity chemicals, pharmaceutical intermediates etc.