Savola Group enhances management control with AWLA application

Savola Group works with Estarta Solutions to develop management application based on the balanced scorecard methodology.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  September 18, 2002

Saudi-based Savola Group is poised to go live with its strategy management system, AWLA. The Microsoft.NET-based application extends the ‘balanced scorecard’ methodology across the entire group.

The balanced scorecard methodology relies on several key business metrics being extracted from the group’s back end systems. The information is then presented through a web-based digital dashboard, providing staff with intelligent data on the business and its performance.

The scorecard can be customised to relate to nearly all aspects of the business. By using AWLA, Savola Group intends to gain vital management benefits and improve its competitive position.

“AWLA will enable our company to align its efforts with our set of business scorecard indicators and achieve them effectively. It will also allow for the individual members of our organisation to balance their personal goals with their business related tasks and initiatives, with their role as leaders in the organisation and with their responsibility to themselves to continuously develop and improve,” says Dr. Aymen Hashem, a consultant at the human resource development division, Savola Group

For the last nine months, Savola Group has been working with Jordan ISV, Estarta Solutions, to develop APIs, define business metrics and reengineer company processes. The project team was made up of members of the group’s executive committee, human resources development division, IT services organisation, Royah Company and Estarta.

“We built AWLA to address the specific business and personnel needs of Savola, but [also] with a broader goal of making the application a stand-alone product that Savola can share with its partners and clients,” says Ennis Rimawi, chairman & president at Estarta Solutions.

AWLA has been developed on using Visual Studio.NET to build a component-based architecture, which can be easily scaled and tuned to Savola’s changing business need.

“The initial data repository uses Oracle RDMBS but we can easily exchange with other DB vendors that better fits the target host. The presentation layer is thin leveraging the new .NET server side controls,” says Majied Qasem, VP of services, Estarta Solutions.

“The application runs in a web browser with zero foot print on the client, and can easily extend to address different concurrent clients such as PDAs or even simple SMS based cellular phones,” he adds.

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