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Atul Limited is a member of Lalbhai Group - one of the oldest business houses of India, with a turnover in excess of Rs 1200 Crores for FY 2008-09. Atul Limited provides innovative chemistry and manufacturing solutions to the Agriculture, Automobile, Construction, Cosmetic, Food & Beverage, Fragrance, Marine, Packaging, Paper, Pharmaceutical, Textile and other industries. Atul has seven Businesses namely Aromatics, Bulk Chemicals & Intermediates, Colors, Crop Protection, Floras, Pharmaceuticals & Intermediates and Polymers. Atul Ltd - incorporated in 1947 is spread in over 1400 acres of land, and is one of Asia's largest integrated chemical manufacturing complexes. Atul's registered office is in Ahmedabad and its corporate headquarters are located at Atul, Gujarat with business interests spread globally thru operations in USA, UK, China, Vietnam & Germany.

Atul is operational on Oracle eBusiness Suite Release 12.0.6 ERP since April 01 2009 providing the complete business processes of Sales, Purchase, Inventory, Production and Financials. This ERP platform was further extended through the deployment of Peoplesoft Enterprise 9.0 through which the Payroll, Absence Management, Performance Appraisal System & complete lifecycle of Employee - "Hire to Retire" have been made operational since November 2009.

The latest project functionally launched at Atul was "Oracle R12" ERP deployment detailed as in response to Q2.

ERP –Atul is operational on Oracle eBusiness Suite Release 12.0.6 ERP since April 01 2009 providing the complete business processes of Sales, Purchase, Inventory, Production and Financials. This ERP platform was further extended through the deployment of Peoplesoft Enterprise 9.0 through which the Payroll, Absence Management, Performance Appraisal System & complete lifecycle of Employee - "Hire to Retire" have been made operational since November 2009.
WAN – VPN through Relance connectivity across 2 Production & 25 out-locations.
Unified Communication – Polycom Audio & Video Conference Solution + Alcatel VoIP based telecommunication solution
Data Centre – IBM Green certified Data Centre deployment

Server Consolidation –Server unification executed for various diverse IT application solutions.

Mobility – Blackberry integration with Oracle R12 ERP for SMS / email based MIS + Self Service Management

Uniform & consolidated information visibility to the top management through a common solution. Atul is an enterprise having seven independent business verticals operative in a multi-country market, and in the earlier scenario, there were multiple isolated systems which were unable to give a consolidated MIS view. Previously, there used to be a lot of information compilation through manual intervention & effort for deriving the key business indicators which is now much simpler with the deployment of ERP.

Oracle suite of ERP application products with "eBusiness Suite R12" + "Peoplesoft HRMS" was chosen to be deployed at Atul for the enterprise application coverage.

Oracle R12 was chosen as the ERP platform base as the Oracle Financials rel 11 was in operation at Atul for the past five years & the user community as well as the IT team was well acquainted with the solution.

The project went live wef April 01 2009 with the hub data centre at Atul (Valsad) and is operational at 2 production units & 25 business out-locations. The server solution is from IBM while the WAN is based on Reliance VPN. The project went LIVE in one year.

PwC has been the implementation partner for the Peoplesoft HRMS while KPMG was the support partner for Oracle R12 ERP

Uniform & consolidated information visibility to the top management through a common solution. Atul is an enterprise having seven independent business verticals operative in a multi-country market, and in the earlier scenario, there were multiple isolated systems which were unable to give a consolidated MIS view. Previously, there used to be a lot of information compilation through manual intervention & effort for deriving the key business indicators which is now much simpler with the deployment of ERP.

Atul has been one of the initial movers onto Oracle Applications R12 application space in India, and the first in the Indian Chemical manufacturing vertical for go for ahead for it.

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