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Unicoil deploys mySAP solution

Unicoil, one of the region’s biggest steel manufacturers, has deployed SAP’s mySAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution and NetWeaver platform to support its ambitious growth plans and improve the efficiency of its operations.

Unicoil, one of the region’s biggest steel manufacturers, has deployed SAP’s mySAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution and NetWeaver platform to support its ambitious growth plans and improve the efficiency of its operations.

The Saudi-based company — which manufactures
pre-painted steel products — had used the sales and distribution and financial modules of Microsoft’s Great Plains solution for four years but decided it was no longer meeting its business requirements.

It has now implemented the finance and controlling, project systems, production planning, plant maintenance, human
resources (HR) and material management and sales and distribution modules of the SAP application, which is powered by the NetWeaver platform.

Unicoil CIO Ahmed Shaaban said the company hoped the SAP software would help to support the company’s ambitious plan to reach a target of manufacturing two millions tons of steel every year within the next three years and to expand into new product lines.

“The company here is growing,” said Shaaban. “It’s growing rapidly so SAP was the right solution for the company to meet the future scalability and expansion,” he continued.

“SAP will provide the company from the business side all the
information required to run the business and it will meet
the future expansion for the different production lines,”
he noted.

“Right now the company is moving from 300,000 tons to two million tons production a year. And they have multiple production lines beside additional lines like coating which was the main business for the company,”Shaaban went on to say.

Shaaban said that although the company is still a Microsoft customer it felt that as an ERP solution Great Plains was not serving all the company’s requirements, including production planning, product costing and the ability to record production information.

“We believe that every solution is designed for a specific set of purposes to deliver within certain criteria, and given our long term strategic vision for rapid expansion we believe that opting for SAP will best serve our requirements within this expansion plan,” said Shaaban.

“We will continue to use a Microsoft based infrastructure using Windows 2003 and SQL Server as those solutions serve well our IT and business requirements including the implementation of SAP,” he continued.

“We will also continue to use Microsoft’s .NET technology and various other Microsoft applications and tools because they address our business needs, add value and integrate seamlessly within our IT system,” he added.

As well as cutting the time it takes to move products to the market, the SAP solution will reduce interruptions to the Unicoil manufacturing process, and will help the company to establish sales prices based on market value and product cost.

“The SAP installation will increase efficiency across the organisation, impacting business processes for all employees sand facilitate organisational growth,” Shabaan claimed.

The company is now in phase two of the project to be completed in September which will involve the creation of a portal based on the NetWeaver platform which will allow affiliates of the company to access the SAP database.

It also plans to allow customers to have access to their records on the database to track the status of their deliveries and also place orders for products.

“Right now we are focusing more on the customer side,” said Shaaban. “We’ve started to work with the customers very closely so we can give our customers more accessibility to their records on SAP over the internet,” he added.

Microsoft Arabia, said in a statement that “Many of our products continue to add value to Unicoil's business since many years and we will continue to work very closely with Unicoil to help them realise their full potential.”

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