Qatar Steel forges ahead

The Qatar Steel Company has implemented Oracle’s E-Business Suite to boost its productivity and aid its expansion.

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By  Eliot Beer Published  February 5, 2006

The Qatar Steel Company (Qasco) has implemented Oracle’s E-Business Suite to boost its productivity and aid its expansion. The regional steel giant has plans to expand its production capabilities to four million tons of iron a year by 2010. To do this, Qasco needed to replace elements of its existing IT infrastructure to improve efficiency and allow the planned growth. Malek Hamdieh, information technology manager for Qasco, said, “We had a set of stand-alone systems developed internally by our IT staff. The systems, while operating independently could not provide an integrated view of our business operations. “We wanted our executives to have up to the minute accurate information to enable them to make business critical decisions quickly, and Oracle E-Business Suite gave us this capability and much more.” Qasco has now implemented E-Business Suite throughout its internal processes, including finance, HR, manufacturing and sales. It has also deployed an internal knowledge centre, called ‘iCenter’, based on the Oracle Portal. The iCenter allows Qasco staff to access and analyse data easily. The company plans to develop this to give access to key performance indicators (KPIs) and explanations of information. “Oracle delivers seamless integration between all of Qasco’s business functions – a critical objective in achieving visibility into the company’s business performance,” said Ayman Abouseif, managing director for the Gulf states at Oracle. “The technology is now in place to support Qasco’s ambitious plans, supported by Oracle and its systems integrator partner, Global Technology Services.”

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