United Breweries Goes 'Live' On Fiorano's SOA

by Sohini Bagchi    Jul 07, 2006

Distilled spirits company, United Breweries (The UB Group), has recently implemented Fiorano Software’s Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) 2006 platform to integrate their various applications including SAP.

The group further plans to integrate SAP data to the portal. It is also generating the content that is the html data through Fiorano flows, feeding it to the portal, said B. Dhananjay Rao, Technical Head, Fiorano.

The company went ‘live’ on Fiorano SOA 2006 platform about a month back in order to automate their entire workflow and speedup the business. It will further deploy Fiorano’s DB2 adapters to streamline the ETL operation on DB2, thereby allowing the company to generate business logic from both DB2 and SAP data. Rao highlighted that this can be done with minimal programming and lead to a real-time environment.

About the success of the recent deployment, T.K. Subramaniam, VP - Information Systems, spirits division, UB Group told that after implementation, the TCO was reduced significantly, by almost 50-60%. Besides boosting ROI, the new solution will not only bridge business and IT to enable the rapidly building new capabilities but also provide better flexibility and extensibility at a lower cost.

With sales exceeding 60 million cases annually, 15 out of 140 brands of the company are millionaire brands. Products manufactured in 75 locations in all flavors and categories means involving a huge number of vendors and orders to manage and process.

“This technology used in our manufacturing and delivery systems would not only enable real time responsiveness, but also help us compete effectively in the Indian and global market,” he added.

He discussed the reasons for choosing Fiorano, Subramaniam, “We use an SAP system to record transactions on purchases. The need to share a lot of information with the suppliers on purchase order quantities, delivery schedules, and quantity of supply accepted and rejected was becoming a cumbersome affair. There were multiple levels of manual intervention for sharing of data with relevant vendors and entering vendor responses back into the system. This system resulted in prolonged lead times, inefficient working capital turnover and higher rates of error.

The most important challenge was determining the enterprise architecture and then choosing a vendor. The long term goal of the company is to expose production plan to their suppliers and allow them to plan for the delivery of components based on their requirements, with each supplier providing their agreed share without the company having to release any purchase order. This involves real-time integration of UB’s SAP system with the suppliers planning system, said Subramaniam.

He also added that the company evaluated several technologies and vendors and over a period of 6 months it decided on implementing SOA.

“We finally zeroed in on Fiorano SOA platform. Fiorano’s solution required no custom programming and worked out of the box. The development of the POC was also completed quickly thanks to the excellent business orchestration engine,” he added.

Atul Saini, President & CTO, Fiorano said, “Large manufacturers want to ramp up their production capabilities. Hence, they are constantly looking for applications that can help them beat competition and improve margins. Fiorano’s new generation SOA platform is the first platform for real-time business built on a Business Component Architecture (BCA), reducing the cost and time to delivery of integration, and process management by over 80%.”

About the unique features of the technology, he said, “It is the first Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) platform that implements standardized interfaces for communication, connectivity, transformation, portability, and security - alleviating the cost and complexity of deploying distributed enterprise applications. Its unique architecture combines linearly scaling performance and fault tolerance, allowing processes to be coordinated with transactional integrity across large numbers of applications running on heterogeneous platforms and protocols.”

Various components of the platform include SAP business component, http receive, flat file business component and a Peer server.

The implementation took three months, which was completed in March this year. But UB group went ‘live’ on the solution only in June 2006. The cost of the implementation was not disclosed by the companies.