Arabi Enertech gears up for ERP

Epicor Software, the mid-market enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor has announced that its Dubai-based regional headquarters has been selected to implement an ERP solution for Arabi Enertech, part of the Kuwaiti Arabi Group.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  August 15, 2004

Epicor Software, the mid-market enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor has announced the Dubai-based regional headquarters of Epicor Scala has been selected to implement an ERP solution for Arabi Enertech, part of the Kuwaiti diversified business conglomerate, Arabi Holding Group. Arabi Enertech will implement all modules of the latest version of the iScala collaborative ERP system including financial, logistics, contracts, service management and BI (business intelligence) tools. Beginning the implementation in a modular fashion in August, the financial and supply chain management (SCM) module is targeted to go live first in early 2005. Arabi Enertech is also planning to establish a web-reporting framework for traveling managers using the iScala BI Tools, and is considering a PDA connectivity feature for mobile managers. “We view the win in Kuwait as a major development in our expansion strategy across the region. Arabi Enertech, which is into a range of activities. It will streamline and interconnect its business process across the spectrum with the help of iScala,” says Ziad Aqrabawi, regional managing director for Epicor Scala in the Middle East. The company started evaluating different ERP systems in October 2003, and after a screening process short-listed iScala. “The lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and the flexibility the iScala enterprise system will bring into the business processes of Arabi Enertech are what finally clinched the deal,” says Rami Kichli, general manager of Hadeed Internet Technology Services, the business partner of Epicor Scala in Kuwait. Arabi Enertech is qualified with the Central Tenders Committee of various ministries in Kuwait, and utility services such as electricity, water besides health, defense, public works and state-owned companies like the Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC), Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC), among others. Commenting on the reason for selecting iScala, Ra’ed AlNemah, finance and administration general manager of Arabi Enertech says: “The whole value proposition put forward by Epicor Scala was an ideal match to the dynamics of the company’s business and growth. The commitment and quick response of the Epicor Scala team throughout the evaluation cycle, as well as the favorable feedback from site visits, confirmed that iScala was best-of-breed ERP”. Arabi Enertech's revenues come from the design, supply of materials and construction of flow lines at the oil wells, engineering, procurement and construction of steam system projects besides electrical maintenance works on large projects. “We are confident that the implementation of iScala will bring in more cohesiveness and cutting-edge competitiveness to our business process, particularly at a time when we are on a rapid growth mode. We look at iScala as a significant enabler of our business, helping us cut down on expenditure wastages, process redundancies,” adds AlNemah. The 20-year old Epicor acquired Dutch ERP vendor Scala last December.

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