As the world enters free trade under the umbrella of
World Trade Organization, it has become inevitable for all the
businesses to evaluate their operational ability, competitive advantage
and state of automation to beat the growing competition. At present
nearly 60% of Pakistan's exports comprise of textiles and clothing. The
sector has thrived mainly due to protection and quota regime. Is the
sector ready to face the challenge?
To find the answers to many impeding questions,
Oracle, Intel Pakistan and Techlogix jointly arranged a seminar at
Lahore. The theme was "ERP solutions for Textile Manufacturing:
Strategic Advantage Beyond 2004". Focusing the threats and
opportunities that Pakistani businesses face, the target audience were: 1)
inspiration leaders who identify opportunities and control direction, 2)
financial wizards who look at cost drivers and maintain a vigilant eye
on the bottom line and 3) technological geniuses who use IT as a
The presenters were Danish Yaqub, Business Manager,
Oracle Pakistan, Osman Maqbool, Strategic Relations Manager, Intel
Pakistan and Kewan Khawaja of Techlogix. Dr. Zahoor Hassan, Pro-Vice
Chancellor, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) was the
keynote speaker. Presence of a large number of participants exhibited
the keen interest of textile industry in using technology and quality of
presentations established the fact that the country enjoys enormous
expertise capable of providing solutions at affordable cost.
Oracle Corporation is the largest business software
company in the world. It offers manufacturing specific solutions and
enjoys over 13,000 applications customers. It provides support in 30
languages and 140 countries around the globe. Oracle established
Pakistan office in 1997 and has over 500 core technology customers with
35 plus ERP customers. Oracle's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
system has been deployed in four key sectors in Pakistan, i.e. 1)
textile manufacturing, 2) food and beverage manufacturing, 3) oil and
gas exploration and production and 4) chemicals manufacturing.
Developing Oracle-based end-to-end solution on Intel
processors is unique, cost effective and low risk method of deploying
applications that are rich, mobile, scaleable, reliable and available.
Intel and Oracle working closely based on Linux Business Decision. It
forms global expertise pool and supports and enhances technology-based
performance. As a result of this strategic alliance, corporations of all
sizes and types are using this solution-based technology. The success of
this partnership can be gauged by the fact that one Australian site has
not experienced any down time since its production date last June.
Intel, the world leader in chip manufacturing, helps customers in all
the key activities.
These include consultation, migration from RISC,
scaling, sizing and optimization. Intel also helps during system study
and implementation and offers recommendation. Oracle and Intel have
collaborated to jointly develop a proof of concepts, comprising a number
of tests designed to demonstrate the scalability and availability of
applications running on an Oracle database in an Intel environment.
Techlogix is an IT services company specializing in
integration solutions, business intelligence, customer relationship
management, enterprise resource planning and Internet-based process
digitalization solutions. Over the years, it has built a track record of
serving the highly demanding client base. The client base comprise of
Global 500 firms including discrete manufacturing concerns, diversified
financial services companies, retailing and distribution firms,
technology companies and large public sector agencies.
Dr. Zahoor Hassan shared one of his studies about the
attitude of manufacturing sector in Pakistan towards use of IT. He was
of the view that businesses were reluctant to deploy technology in the
past. This deprived them from reaping the benefit of technology. He
suggested that if the local entrepreneurs were serious in retaining
their share in the global market they have to optimize costs, improve
production and productivity. Since the technology is available
domestically, they must not waste more time.