KSB To Cough Up Rs 2 Crore On SAP Initiative
In order to move over to a centralized platform and monitor business uniformly, KSB Pumps Ltd.- subsidiary of Germany based KSB Group, has selected SAP ERP as part of its global roll out strategy.
Speaking to CXOtoday, NV Deshpande, head-IT, KSB Pumps Ltd., said, “We are deploying SAP ERP as part of a global roll out decision from our parent enterprise in Germany where SAP is already in use. Thus, the time to deploy SAP here would automatically reduce as expertise is easily available for support, training, and trouble shooting from the parent enterprise.”
The company is expected to deploy all the modules of SAP ERP including the Netweaver component. Deshpande informs that the company also evaluated ERPs from Oracle and Peoplesoft as well before selecting SAP.
The Indian subsidiary has taken a 200-user license that will be rolled out to five manufacturing plants and four regional offices through 64 kbps-leased lines. Internally, Deshpande informed a bandwidth of 10/100 mbps would be used. The applications will be hosted on Sun Solaris servers.
The legacy systems would be used in parallel till the ERP is not fully deployed. Says Deshpande, “We use Oracle 7.3 database that caters to our existing in-house developed ERP. At present we are getting ready with the SAP ERP and other infrastructure. We expect the SAP roll out to be over by December 2005, that’s when we would decide to go for database upgradation.”
KSB Pumps Ltd plans to spend close to Rs two crore for the current initiative. Pending at the moment, is the decision for a suitable implementor, which according to Deshpande will also be decided by the parent enterprise in Germany.