Al-Rabie selects IFS ERP

Al-Rabie Saudi Foods Company is replacing its proprietary enterprise resource planning (ERP) application with a solution from Industrial & Financial Systems (IFS).

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  August 21, 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.

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 Al-Rabie’s deputy general manager, Robert Parsons.

The implementation is being carried out by a combination of Al-Rabie and IFS Arabia staff. To ensure that the company will be able to begin benefiting from the ERP application as soon as it goes live, the Al-Rabie team has been involved in an extensive knowledge transfer process with IFS’ local partner.

“Al-Rabie realised from the start that any system is only as good as its users, thus effective training in the operation of the various facets of the IFS system was an absolute must for there to be a truly noticeable and cost effective improvement in Al-Rabies’ overall performance,” explains Parsons.

“With this in mind there were many familiarisation and training sessions [and] from a management standpoint the knowledge transfer was designed to ensure that we knew how the system worked, what its advantages were over the old system and how certain components could be best applied to our business,” he adds.

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