.ERP solutions for manufacturing sector offer strategic advantage


June 02  - 08, 2003 




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 strategic tool.

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.