AlRashid-Abetong selects iScala

Building material specialist hopes to drive down costs by removing redundant processes from day-to-day business operations.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  April 4, 2004

AlRashid-Abetong Company is set to deploy Scala Business Solutions’ iScala Collaborative enterprise resources planning (ERP) system in an attempt to centralise and streamline its manufacturing, warehousing and financial processes. This, in turn, should help the building material specialist drive down costs by removing redundant processes from day-to-day business operations and accelerating execution through the development of automated workflows. “Our business involves design, manufacturing, delivery and erection of various turnkey projects and by choosing iScala we expect to make a huge difference by tracking cost and profitability of these projects accurately,” says Mahmoud Judeh, finance & administration manager at AlRashid-Abetong. “We also expect iScala to ensure easy flow of information among the company’s various departments and branches,” he adds. The Saudi firm opted for iScala after an extensive evaluation process during which it examined offerings from a number of other ERP vendors. However, according to Mohammed Seraj Shaikh, head of IT at AlRashid-Abetong, Scala’s local knowledge proved to be the deciding factor. “Scala stood ahead of its competitors in local presence, knowledge and excellent local support. Scala also has an impressive list of successful implementations in Middle East, particularly in Saudi Arabia,” he adds. The initial iScala implementation will see the financial and material management processes modules of the suite rolled out. Once that has been complete, the Saudi firm intends to add manufacturing and project management modules to the application. Concurrent to this extension, AlRashid-Abetong Company also intends to increase the number of users who can access the ERP app by connecting its factories to the software.

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