Nitco To Start Window Shopping For ERP Soon

by Hinesh Jethwani    May 27, 2004

With business information needs and integration demands climbing exponentially, Nitco has planned to replace its existing in house solution with a concrete, specialized ERP system.

In an exclusive with CXOtoday, Satej Revankar, GM-IT, Nitco Tiles & Nitco Paints, said, “We have planned to integrate our business processes with a specialized ERP system soon. As a temporary fix, a customized web portal is being designed to meet all sales and marketing requirements. A detailed vendor evaluation phase for the ERP is expected to start next month. We would be eyeing the likes of SAP, JD Edwards, and PeopleSoft very carefully. Since we are implementing a full-scaled ERP system for the first time, we are open to seeing the best products in the market before making any concrete decision.”

Detailing Nitco’s shortlist criteria, Revankar said, “It should be an end-to-end integration system, with a majority of industry benchmarks already in place. User friendliness and a web based reach are an absolute must. Moreover, it should offer a workflow-type functionality, and we have no problem in purchasing something as heavy and expensive as SAP, as long as it meets all our requirements.”

Nitco has already commissioned a 2 Mbps Radio Frequency link to connect its Mumbai HQ with its Alibaug factory, and has also purchased a new Anti-spam security solution from Trend Micro.

Revankar explained the challenges associated with an ERP overhaul -“One of the major challenges that the ERP will face at Nitco, is integration with legacy, as we have a heterogeneous database environment. Operations will have to be implemented in an extremely integrated manner, and our team will be exposed to a fully integrated system for the first time, which will make training another hurdle. Associated hardware purchases would be one application server, a database server and a backup server. HP would be the strongest contender as we are its existing customers.”

The company is also cautiously dabbling with Linux, at the proxy server end, and plans to evaluate the possibility of using Red Hat in future.

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