Chemicals multinational picks niche ERP supplier

Global chemicals manufacturer Schenectady has traded its JD Edwards enterprise resource planning system for one from lesser-known...

Global chemicals manufacturer Schenectady has traded its JD Edwards enterprise resource planning system for one from lesser-known rival Ross Systems in a deal covering 14 countries.

Schenectady said it chose Ross because it had the experience in its sector which JD Edwards lacked. John Fallon, IT manager for Europe and Asia at Schenectady, said, "Having reviewed the market it was clear that we required a niche ERP provider with extensive experience in the process manufacturing space."

The move was also driven by a need to meet customer demands and comply with growing global legislation. Schenectady also wanted to simplify and speed up its processes, cut costs and provide a global IT platform.

The new ERP implementation includes financial, sales order processing, distribution, quality control and manufacturing modules.

The product is based on Ross's Gembase tool working in a Windows and SQL Server environment. The system has a browser-based front-end, allowing Schenectady staff to access the ERP system remotely.

The first site to go live was Mexico at the end of last year. The UK was second, at the beginning of May. The US begins a second phase in July to implement maintenance management.

Implementations over the next 18 months will include Germany, China, Switzerland and Canada.

Andy Barrett, operations director at Ross, said the implementation had been straightforward as Schenectady did not require custom modules. "It was a good project," he said. "We were on time, they were under budget, and it will be a long-term relationship."

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