Yemen Petroleum streamlines IT platform

New Microsoft-based IT infrastructure including enterprise resource planning (ERP), communications and desktop solutions helps YPC to manage its restructured business

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By  Sarah Gain Published  February 9, 2005

The Yemen Petroleum Company (YPC) has announced that it is set to deploy a new IT infrastructure based on Microsoft technology, which will give it complete control over its financial management and business processes. The sole distributor for petroleum in Yemen, YPC will roll out a wide range of solutions, including ERP, office productivity, communications and network infrastructure solutions. YPC is currently undergoing a complete restructuring, and the new technology platform will help the company to manage all aspects of its business. The solution includes Microsoft Business Solutions Great Plains 8.0, which provides the core ERP functions, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Office 2003 and SQL Server 2000. “As part of our restructuring, and our aim of enabling YPC to meet international standards, YPC was looking for a powerful and reliable solution that would be able to automate all of our different business processes,” says Omar Al-Arhabi, YPC’s general manager. The Microsoft technologies were chosen off the back of the company’s technology-neutral evaluation of the solutions on offer, and on the basis of its strong support services. The integration of the business solution with the others that the company is deploying, will also provide a YPC with “a much more powerful, cost effective, reliable and easily maintained solution,” adds Hizam Gamoom, senior IT consultant for YPC. The deployment will utilise many of the features of the latest version of the popular ERP solution. The entire financial backbone of the company will be automated, with enhanced controls extended to human resources, supply chain management, inventory control, advanced distribution control, online requisition and field sales. Management will be able to keep up-to-date with performance and processes through improved analytical, reporting and forecasting capacities. The project design was carried out by the IT division of Al-Salam Establishment, part of the Al-Ahmar Group, and will be rolled out in co-operation with Dubai-based E-Solutions, both of which are Microsoft partners in the region. E-Solutions is also providing customisation of the payroll module to meet local requirements. “YPC had assessed a wide range of ERP solutions, but Great Plains was able to offer the complete solution they were looking for to help streamline their business,” says Majdi Al-Masri, general manager of Al-Salam’s IT division. The deal includes a Microsoft enterprise agreement to license software, which will give YPC rights to free upgrades of all of their Microsoft software for two years, as well as enhanced support and a closer working relationship with the corporation. “This enables the customer to get the most out of their technology investment,” says Abdullatif Al Mulla, general manager of Microsoft South Gulf. This agreement will bring business benefits and added value to YPC, giving them a very positive return on investment, with possibilities to maximise the value of the investment in future.

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