Published June 25th, 2006 - 11:54 GMT

Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group (ESAG), one of the leading business houses in the UAE, has gone live with mySAP ERP, a world class integrated Enterprise Resource Planning solution.

The new business application software encompasses a portfolio based on core ERP modules such as Sales & Distribution, Material Management, Finance & Controlling, Production Planning, Projects System, Customer Service and Human Resources.

The mySAP ERP application is being implemented by Caritor who have vast experience in setting up SAP worldwide, and a team of 20 technical professionals selected from the ESAG group.

The new software will allow the ESAG Management to benefit from better standardisation of processes within the group, efficient management of working capital, better customer support, effective planning and monitoring of projects and production through real-time information available to all decision-makers.

Commenting on the implementation, S.B. Jeyaseelan, Group General Manager, Easa Saleh Al Gurg, said: “With the introduction of this new software, we aim to harness the full potential of the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution and  enable the business units to achieve our vision of being a strong corporate organisation.“

He added: “In this endeavour, we are driven by best practices, innovative systems and professional management. Having identified mySAP as a market leader in ERP solutions, we are confident that this software will suit our organisational requirements.“

Tightly integrated to optimise cross-functional business processes, mySAP ERP has replaced existing solutions running on various platforms.The new system runs on International Business Machines (IBM) hardware with DB2 database on Advanced Interactive eXecutive (AIX) platform in a centralised networking environment, supported by Cisco active components and security firewalls.

The new ERP system ensures lowered  total cost of ownership, faster return on investment and benefit from a more flexible IT infrastructure that helps drive innovation.

Speaking about the implementation, Raja Sekharan, Senior Vice President - Client Management, Asia Pacific, India and Middle East – Caritor, said: “We are delighted with the success of this project and honoured to work with the ESAG group of companies in this landmark implementation. ESAG’s leadership position in the region is largely due to its strong commitment to customers and employees. This was evident in the way the processes have been blueprinted during the SAP implementation.”
The project was launched in August 2005 while the pilot Go-Live was introduced in February 2006 at Scientechnic, one of the largest companies within the ESAG Group. Subsequent implementation was carried out in Al Gurg Building Services, Gulf Engineering Industry, Better Life, OFIS and Interiors within three months of the pilot site implementation with other Group companies still in the pipeline.

Ravi Mahalingam, Vice President – Business Development, Caritor, Middle East Operations, pointed out: “ESAG is a strategic customer for us as this is the first Middle East SAP implementation and we would like to be their trusted partner for all their IT initiatives beyond this project. We are glad that we are able to help in the transition of their IT Application infrastructure seamlessly from their legacy systems to SAP across multiple companies in a phased manner.”

By year-end, at least twelve ESAG companies will be fully managed by mySAP while implementation of the solution in the rest of the divisions within the Group, will be carried out in the second phase.“Once we stabilise this system, we intend to consolidate and use the power of information to gain mileage from the booming market of the UAE and expand into other markets,” said Jeyaseelan.

Caritor, a global technology solutions provider headquartered in San Ramon, California, USA, with operations across the world is the implementation partner for this project.

About the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group:
The Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group was founded by H.E Easa Saleh Al Gurg CBE in 1960. The Group now has 23 companies under its wing, which together handle more than 200 world class franchises. They manufacture a diversified range of products which include tyres, electrical and electronic items, personal care products, detergents, cigarettes, beverages, household appliances, stationery, automobile batteries, branded garments, cables, industrial chemicals, furniture, building materials and steel.
Some of the Group’s principals include British American Tobacco, Unilever, Siemens, Osram, Armitage Shanks, Stanton, ID Design, Catnic, Yorkshire Copper Tubes, Dunlop, Danfoss, Dulux, Electrolux, Interface, Broyhill, United Colors of Benetton, and many more.


About Caritor:

Caritor is a global technology solutions provider headquartered in San Ramon, California, USA, with operations across the world. They are present in the USA, UK, France, the Middle-East, India and Singapore with over 2900 employees working across these locations to deliver winning solutions to their clients.

Caritor offers cost-effective and intelligent IT solutions to clients in the Financial Services, Communications, Retail, Manufacturing, High-Technology, Travel & Transportation and Public Sector industries. Other IT services in the areas of Application Development include: Application Management, Enterprise Business Solutions, Software Testing and Systems Integration through a global delivery model that ensures security, cost-effectiveness and quality for clients. For more information visit www.caritor.com.


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