Al-Safya Sea Water Desalination Company goes live with ERP suite

Utility company implements Microsoft Great Plains’ E-Enterprise application suite.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  December 1, 2002

Al-Safya Sea Water Desalination Company has streamlined its business processes and increased efficiency with the deployment of Microsoft Great Plains (MSGP) E-Enterprise. The organisation has deployed Payroll, Financial & Accounting, and Manufacturing & Distribution modules of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) application suite. The project also integrated the solution with the in-house Fleet Management System.

“E-Enterprise [provides] up-to-the-minute information to Al-Safya’s management team, [improves] communication within the company [and][enhances] our business processes by using best practices,” says a Al-Safya company spokesperson.

“We choose Digicom Systems on the grounds of its long experience and expertise in systems integration and its in-depth knowledge of Microsoft Great Plains Business Solution and long experience in implementing and training on the system,” he adds.

Digicom’s implementation team helped Al-Safya to customise the payroll module for the Saudi market. The module was altered to comply with the General Organisation of Social Insurance (GOSI) calculation.

Additional coding work was carried out to develop an add-on module to the ERP system to control and manage the movement of the fleet distributing the desalinated water from the plant to the customer.

“Although (MSGP) Payroll Module did not fit our requirements exactly, we wanted to use it because it is a very rich module with many good features and functions,” explains the company spokesperson.

“Also, bringing in another application and trying to integrate it with (MSGP) would have been less cost effective. We wanted to retain an integrated system under one umbrella,” he adds.

Digicom also designed and provided an extensive training programme for Al-Safya.

“Currently we have a team of Al-Safya specialised IT employees managing and controlling the operation of the system. Then they will enrol [for] Technical Certification of E-Enterprise to qualify as consultants,” comments the Al-Safya spokesperson.

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