GEIL Sets Target Date For ERP Showdown

by Hinesh Jethwani    Aug 13, 2004

Glass Equipment India Ltd. (GEIL) — a 100% subsidiary of Hindustan National Glass (HNG) — has purchased SAP R/3, and flagged of a pilot ERP implementation project. If the pilot succeeds, SAP will be rolled out across the entire breadth of GEIL’s parent organization, i.e. HNG.

Speaking to CXOtoday, B. B. Mukherjee, manager-systems, GEIL, said, “The growing needs of our industry and an urge to follow best practices and standards established globally, were the main motivating factors behind the purchase of SAP. We will follow a centralized model of implementation, under which 7-8 locations will be granted access to our technical headquarter at Haryana. A target date of going live on 1st January 2005 has been set, and we will follow a big bang approach. The budget allocated to the pilot project is Rs 1.5-2 crores, under which we have already purchased 20 licenses from SAP. A detailed blueprint for the implementation of the ERP will be framed and presented to the management on 15th September.”

Detailing the hardware infrastructure already purchased, Mukherjee informed that GEIL has four servers and 400-450 clients. Three run Red Hat Enterprise Edition 2.1, connecting mission-critical clients based on Windows XP and the company’s SAN array. Only one runs Windows 2003 Server, facilitating DNS entry from the remaining clients. Linux again — Postfix — is used on the mail server.

So what does Mukherjee have to say about the comparison between Windows and Linux? “Linux is clearly poised to establish itself as the best technology in the future. The stability and security offered by Linux is far better than what Windows delivers. The only drawback of Linux is that its slightly ’user-unfriendly’. We are adopting a gradual process of shifting the mindset of our users to allow them to explore with Linux,” added Mukherjee.

The implementation of SAP was carried out by Mumbai-based Covansys. The company has already migrated its legacy database from Foxpro to Oracle 9i, which was provided by SAP itself. “We will have to stop relying on the legacy someday, and we have decided to maintain it purely as a historical archive, rather than running the risk of absorbing it into the ERP,” concluded Mukherjee.

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