PLANNED implementation of the Ebizframe Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Solution to manage all Chemelil Sugar Company operations will enable the firm save over Kshs. 4.5 million yearly, in operational costs.
The enormous operational savings that will accrue to the company became apparent during a one day Ebizframe ERP solution performance presentation workshop held at the company’s boardroom on July 8, this year.
During the boardroom presentation of the Ebizframe ERP solution developed by the Eastern Software Systems (ESS) PVT, Limited- ESS’s Project Manager Kevin Jethwa said its implementation will offer Chemelil Sugar Company one solution for management of all its operations.
Jethwa said ESS’s ERP solution has basically and specifically been developed for the local Kenyan sugar industry, to manage and provide the sugar companies with automated end-to-end processes.
The solution is designed to manage the following sugar company processes; sugar sales, normal financials, accounting, Human Resource (HR) payroll, cane farmers financials, agricultural management, and factory maintenance including production. Other processes include inventory management, procurement, and medical stores, transport and fleet management, among other operations.
“Chemelil Sugar Company will immensely benefit from ESS’s one ERP Ebizframe solution in the management of its processes and will yearly save on costs in terms of dollars between over USD30,000 and USD 40,000, translating to more than Kshs. 4.5 million per year,” Jethwa pointed out.
Jethwa gave the example of a local sugar company that saves between 10,000 to 15,000 dollars (USD) through the ERP solution, from previous fuel station theft. The Project manager who was accompanied by ESS’s Business Development Manager Anwar Khan enumerated other benefits that Chemelil Sugar Company will enjoy which will include efficient management of operations and reports, including provision of local technical support by
ESS, after implementation of the solution.
Jethwa said through implementation of the solution the company will also benefit through enhanced productivity, since it will not spend more time preparing reports as is the case currently through its use of the existing Sun System-that doesn’t provide end-to-end process solutions. “Decision-making by company management will also become faster through the prompt online availability of reports,” he added.
In a separate interview with this Staff writer, the ESS Project manager explained that due to Chemelil Sugar Company’s desire to implement such an ERP solution in phases-implementation of phase one focused on sales, procurement and financials will take 2 to 3 months.
Phase 2 of the company desired solution to cover agriculture management, cane farmers financials and fleet management will take 2 months, while an addition of other modules like HR payroll and factory manufacturing will take 2 to 3 weeks.
Jethwa said the ERP solution implementation timeframe will include commissioning of the project-that will entail installation, testing and training of company personnel that will manage the entire desired ERP system.
The Project manager said that ESS which is a global company headquartered in Noida, in the outskirts of New Delhi in India, has a wealth of international experience in the provision of ERP solutions adding that within the local Kenyan sugar industry they have implemented the solution in Nzoia Sugar Company, neighbouring Muhoroni Sugar Company and Trans Mara Sugar Company.
ESS which has a branch in Nairobi, has also implemented the Ebizframe ERP solution at Kinyara Sugar Company in neighbouring Uganda.
The ERP multinational with branches in other countries such as Britain, United States of America (U.S.A) and India has also provided other ERP solution to local Kenyan firms engaged in food manufacturing such as Nairobi-based Premier Food Industry, which manufactures the Pep eang tomatoe sauce brand and has equally implemented a solution in a local steel company Devki Steel.
Present during the boardroom presentation were Chemelil Sugar Company acting Managing Director Gabriel Nyangweso, acting ICT Manager Abraham Birgen, Kiplagat, acting Agriculture Manager Joseph Onyando, acting Human Resource Manager Constance Webale, Marketing Manager Linda and Internal Audit Manager Jacqueline Kotonya, among other company staff.
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