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Al-Rabie Saudi Foods Company is replacing its proprietary ERP application with a solution from IFS as it looks to improve internal decision making.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  July 30, 2002

Al-Rabie Saudi Foods Company is replacing its proprietary enterprise resource planning (ERP) application with a solution from Industrial & Financial Systems (IFS). Scheduled to go live in January, the company will deploy approximately 20 IFS modules as it looks to build a software stack capable of handling its future growth.

“The in-house system was fragmented and lacked the means of integration for us to move forward,” explains Al-Rabie’s deputy general manager, Robert Parsons.

By implementing the IFS solution, Al-Rabie hopes to improve its systems integration and accelerate the flow of information through the company, something that will help its senior management make better informed business decisions.

“By implementing IFS we will be able to successfully integrate our existing advanced process technology, have rapid access to relevant management information to quicken the decision making process and generate meaningful reports in double quick time to keep everybody informed,” says Parsons.

The ERP application will run on an IBM–X370 Xeon-700 server. Storage will be provided by three RAID sets and, once live, the company’s depots will access data over a virtual private network (VPN). Although an Al-Rabie employee will manage the application, the company will work closely with IFS Arabia to begin with in order to maximise its investment.

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