The art of the impossible

After acquiring Western Bakeries in 2007, Almarai had to convert its ERP system from Oracle to SAP in just 104 days – and using only one team to support both companies. Imthishan Giado reports

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3043 days ago
Ramesh Kulkarni

Kudos to Mr. Chakravarty Big Congratulations & Hats off to this efforts & his team. Definitely it is a challenging to manage the key stake holders from Operations to Finance and achieve the milestones. Mr. Chakravarty deserves all the credit with his team and stakeholders from other areas of operations as well.

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3173 days ago
Mohammad Lataifeh

Certainly Hats off for Mr. Chakravarty and his dedicated team: but in my view to this, I see two headlines for success here

1- Project champions:
I believe the lion share of credit should go to the leadership of the organization, this one or two champions he mentioned, their esteemed sponsorship of the project and deep understanding of what ERP entails.

2- Interdisciplinary team;
It was referred to this as process ownership- rather than module or functional segmentation; this is precisely the difference between having a multidisciplinary team Vs interdisciplinary one; a team that understand deeply and follow the process outside their helms, empathise with the need of other entities and prowess efforts to make it happen.

Should be emphasized as case study, hopefully to balance and benefit other tens of implementations before they head south.


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3333 days ago
Nasir Mahmood

In-fact such article is an example of commitment and dedication and true professional work with excellent management. ERP is not an easy thing to implement in this time period and at this scale, so congratulations for this success. Deputy IT Manager/DBA Saudi German Hospital - Riyadh

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3444 days ago
Fatima Alqahtani

this article is a great example shows the importance of change management (be ready to change). thanks for sharing , good luck in future projects

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3524 days ago
Latheef Shanawaz

It is definetely a Himalayan task to implement a New Erp like sap from oracle with lot of data converstion within such a short span of time.. it is done successfully only because of ownership of process in modules in Parent Company Almarai.. Good job... Latheef Shanawaz IT/ERP Manager. India..

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