SWCC turns to ERP

Oracle Middle East, has announced that Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), the world’s largest desalination plant company, has started implementation of the Oracle E-Business Suite, to integrate its business processes from 27 desalination plants and 3 separate IT sites into a single, online environment.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  April 21, 2004

Oracle Corporation, today announced that Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), which operates the world’s largest desalination plant is set to implement the Oracle E-Business Suite. As part of its privatisation efforts, SWCC will initially utilise applications including Oracle Financials, Oracle Human Resources Management System (HRMS) and Oracle Procurement to streamline and integrate its business processes from 27 desalination plants and 3 separate IT sites into a single, online environment. The Oracle implementation at the SWCC has already commenced, with Oracle partner Ernst & Young providing on-site consulting services. Centralising financial management and creating a supply chain foundation to connect its desalination plant production, maintenance and procurement operations to the organisation’s Riyadh headquarters would be the main agenda of the implementation said the only fresh water supplier in the Kingdom. The major benefits that SWCC anticipates are greater control over its procurement and supply chain functions, lower operational costs, better insight into financial performance through daily business intelligence, and more advanced forecasting and analysis of production and supply chain. SWCC has recently announced plans to gear up for private competition in Saudi's utility market, by building three new desalination plants worth US$3 billion, expected to completed over the next few years. “In order to administer these programmes professionally and according to a set timeline and budget, our core business processes [should be] managed centrally with an increased focus on efficiency and the level of service,” says Loay Musalem, director of IT, SWCC. SWCC, also the second largest electricity supplier in the country expects the new business infrastructure will address a number of challenges within the organisation, including automating the inter-plant transfer process, better management and deployment of human resources and integrating project expenditure with the overall procurement cycle. “As Saudi’s population grows, the demand for a professionally-managed, efficient desalination organisation also increases. With its new infrastructure in place, the SWCC also has the ability to export its expertise to other markets, should other utility companies enter the Saudi market at some juncture,” says Abdulrahman al Dosary – managing director, Oracle Saudi Arabia.

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