Mehta Group Plans Big Splurge This Season

by Amit Tripathi    Oct 26, 2004

Acquiring technologies that enable business processes is top priority for Mehta Group — a cement manufacturing major — this season, and the shopping list includes a budget planning solution, Business Intelligence (BI), CRM, SCM and MS Exchange Mail Server.

The Mehta Group, owner of Saurashtra Cement Ltd. and Gujarat Sidhee Cement Ltd., will implement Cognos Planning soon, a budget planning solution that would monitor and analyze the expenses that each department of the enterprise incurs. Speaking to CXOtoday, an emphatic Divyesh Joshi, assistant manager-IT, The Mehta Group, said, “We had acquired a budget planning solution, Adaytum, almost 5 years ago. Somehow after around two years of use, the users got fed up, mostly due to lack of awareness of its usage. This time we have selected Cognos Planning that would plan the budget of each department of our enterprise.” The enterprise is spending close to Rs. 7 lakh for the solution.

The company is currently deploying MS Exchange 2003 for its mail server farm. Till now its mailing solution was hosted by a third party on Linux with Windows 98 being at the enterprise end, to serve to all its clients in the company. Joshi says, “We have now decided to own our mailing farm and we have dedicated four servers for the purpose. We have decided to go for MS Exchange for better compatibility as our Ramco ERP interacts with MS SQL 2000 database. In addition, we use Windows 2000 at the desktop level across our enterprise.”

The company is spending Rs 25 lakh for the MS Exchange initiative first at Saurashtra Cement and a similar investment would be done for its second sister concern, Gujrat Sidhee Cement Ltd. Adds Joshi, “The whole idea is to bring in uniformity in technology usage across the group.”

The company’s database is accessed by all 8 locations (2 in Mumbai, 6 in Gujarat) over WAN, connected by 64 kbps leased lines. Joshi informed, “We are also building Reliance’s VPN as it would allow us faster accessibility through fibre channel.”

In its quest for enabling business through technology, the company has ambitious plans. Announces Joshi, “We are evaluating work flow management solutions that would be compatible with MS Exchange. At the same time we are also evaluating business intelligence solutions from Ramco and Cognos. Once that is done we would start an initiative for supply chain management (SCM) and customer relationship management (CRM). We are already talking to i2 technologies for the SCM solution.”

Many enterprises today are struggling to control their budgets by chipping away extras from every tiny department that exists within their framework. With an efficient planning solution, CFOs can make safer decisions as they have access to a single view of each department’s wallet size.

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