Murli Industries: Murli Cement builds better, faster processes with SAP and IBM


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This white paper is an IBM case study. Murli Cement deployed a range of SAP ERP applications centrally, including financial accounting,materials management, sales and distribution, plant maintenance and production planning to provide a single, integrated business management platform. With SAP applications provided centrally, all business units categorize their costs and revenues in the same standardized manner, enabling the company to extract, analyze and compare data rapidly and produce meaningful results.

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Murli Industries: Murli Cement builds better, faster processes with SAP and IBM

  1. 1. we know they knowMurli Industries: Murli Cement builds better,faster processes with SAP and IBM Murli Industries Limited (“the Overview Company”) is a public limited company, formerly known as The Challenge IBM System x3650 server running Murli Agro Products Limited and Murli Cement, a fast-growth cement Microsoft Windows Server and established in December 1991. The manufacturing business unit of Microsoft SQL Server database. Company, inter alia, engaged in the Murli Industries, relied on various business of production and marketing IT solutions to support the specific  The Benefits of various agriculture-based products needs of each operational area. With SAP applications provided like Soya derivatives – oiled cake, Limitations of database size and its centrally, all business units refined edible oil and paper products. expandability, and the unavailability categorize their costs and revenues Recently the Company has made of an industry-standard sales and in the same standardized manner, forays into the cement sector and distribution module, an important enabling the company to extract, has commissioned a cement plant capability for a cement company, analyze and compare data rapidly at Chandrapur, Maharashtra. The were hindering company growth. and produce meaningful results. registered office of the Company is situated at Nagpur, Maharashtra, and The Solution  Key Solution Components has an employee base of more than Murli Cement deployed a range of Industry: Industrial Products, 2000. The Cement Business is one of SAP ERP applications centrally, Manufacturing the fastest growing-business units of including financial accounting, Applications: SAP® ERP including Murli Industries. materials management, sales and financial accounting, inventory, distribution, plant maintenance manufacturing, import/export, As is often the case with growing and production planning to provide payroll, quality, warehouse business activities, the underlying IT a single, integrated business management, sales and distribution systems had grown to reflect each management platform. The decision Hardware: IBM ® System x3650 operational area’s specific needs. was based on the widespread server powered by quad-core Intel® The operating divisions tended to adoption of SAP solutions within Xeon® Processor 5500 series, IBM invest in their own solutions, resulting the cement industry, the excellence System Storage® DS3400 in high operational costs and of the functionality offered by the Software: Microsoft® Windows® underutilized assets. The result was sales and distribution component, Server 2003, Microsoft SQL silos of applications and data, along and the ability to handle very large Server™ 2005 with disparate and disconnected data workloads. To support the Services: IBM Global Business processes. Executives were facing SAP applications and database, Services Murli Cement implemented an
  2. 2. “The IBM System challenges in discovering the right offered the greatest experience both in information at the right time for successful SAP implementations and Storage DS3400 offers decision making. with the best resources in India. a secure, centralized store for Murli Cement, Finding expert help “We selected IBM Global Business and the embedded Murli Industries’ executives Services to guide us through the RAID protection and understood the need to integrate software selection and implementation the company’s cement business process. There was strong dual controller design processes, and had created a competition from some large Indian offers a high degree of shortlist of possible ERP solutions. It IT service companies, but we felt that resilience to ensure that was important to Murli Industries to IBM offered the strongest experience our valuable business bring in experts to help choose the of successful SAP implementations in data is secured.” right solution and subsequently to India.” implement it cost-efficiently. Sudhir Thosar, Head of IT, Murli Industries Starting initially with another Ltd. Sudhir Thosar, Head of IT, explains, implementation partner, after three “Our cement business was expanding, months Murli Industries found that particularly the operations and the the quality and expertise were not up local teams were busy supporting to standard. After switching to IBM, daily activities. We were particularly project progress accelerated and IBM interested in switching to industry- delivered considerably better value for standard software that would offer money. us the best possible fit with our business. This led us naturally to SAP Building on best practices ERP applications, which are used by The IBM Global Business Services almost all cement and construction team implemented a wide range of businesses in India. The next step was SAP ERP applications, including to choose an IT service partner that financial accounting, materials management, sales and distribution, plant maintenance and production planning. To ensure speed and reliability of design and implementation, IBM Global Business Services used integrated tools and techniques, including proven reference architectures, based on templates that are known to work and provide a very high degree of functionality with the least possible customization. This approach involved people and resources from IBM Global Business Services, including specialists from Financial Management, Business Risk Management, Human Capital Management, HR Strategy and
  3. 3. Transformation, Supply Chain even if one of the controllers fails, “With SAP applicationsManagement, and from Enterprise offering additional protection that is provided centrally,Asset Management. ideally suited to organizations that rely on a single storage device. there is no longer aActing on advice from IBM Global need for each operatingBusiness Services, the Murli Industries “As Murli Cement grows, so will unit to invest in their– Cement Business team chose to the amount of data, and the value own solutions and theimplement the SAP applications on an of data tends to increase over time supporting hardware,IBM System x3650 server, powered as it contains a track record ofby quad-core Intel Xeon 5500 series performance. With the previous which immediatelyprocessors. The server runs Microsoft solution, data held in separate servers saves money. It is cost-Windows Server 2003, with a Microsoft and individual storage systems within effective to invest in theSQL Server 2005 database to support the business units was very difficult IBM System x3650 andthe SAP applications. to obtain and analyze, and Murli IBM System Storage Cement Business faced increased“IBM Global Business Services was cost and complexity along with the DS3400 and thenable to provide access to the right accompanying business risks,” exploit these assets topeople with the in-depth resources comments Sudhir Thosar. the full.” that we needed for selecting, sizing Sudhir Thosar, Head of IT, Murli Industriesand deploying the correct SAP “The IBM System Storage DS3400 Ltd.application architecture on the IBM offers a secure, centralized store forSystem x3650 server. The IBM System Murli Cement, and the embeddedx3650 itself offers excellent response RAID protection and dual controllerfor SAP applications, and is easily design offers a high degree ofcapable of handling our predicted resilience to ensure that our valuableworkload,” says Sudhir Thosar. business data is secured.”Scalable storage Gaining control of operationsAs the company expands its With the SAP applications on the IBMoperations across geographies and System x3650 server, and data storedexpands its market base the total data on the IBM System Storage DS3400, TECHNICAL LANDSCAPEgenerated by the SAP applications will Murli Cement has now gained control Servers: Four IBM System x3650rise. It was clear to the Murli Cement of its enterprise operations. The SAP servers powered by quad-core Intelteam that the ability to add storage applications provide core business Xeon Processor 5500 series withcapacity easily and quickly would services such as finance, materials 8 GB memory, IBM System Storagebecome important. management, sales and distribution, DS3400 plant maintenance and production Software: SAP ERP including financialWorking with IBM Global Business planning. The result is that executives accounting, inventory, manufacturing,Services, Murli Cement chose to are now able to receive enterprise- import/export, payroll, quality,implement an IBM System Storage wide business information rapidly, warehouse management, sales andDS3400 Dual Controller. The IBM based on accurate data that is distribution, Microsoft WindowsSystem Storage DS3400 is capable automatically retrieved from the SQL Server 2003, Microsoft SQL Serverof expanding to 24TB total capacity, database. 2005and to 96TB with expansion cabinets, Users: 100 SAP users accessingallowing for even the most dramatic Sudhir Thosar continues, “With SAP approximately 100 GB of data ingrowth. The Dual Controller design applications provided centrally, there Microsoft SQL Server 2005ensures that operations can continue is no longer a need for each operating
  4. 4. unit to invest in their own solutions “The IBM System x3650and the supporting hardware, and IBM Systemwhich immediately saves money. Storage DS3400It is cost-effective to invest in theIBM System x3650 and IBM System technologies provideStorage DS3400 and then exploit an excellent foundationthese assets to the full. for Murli Cement to IBM Deutschland GmbH run its new SAP ERP D-70548 Stuttgart“The shared SAP applications ensure applications, with thethat all Cement unit departments IBM, the IBM logo, and are trademarkscategorize their costs and revenues opportunity to start of International Business Machines Corporation, registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. Ain the same standardized manner, small and grow fast current list of other IBM trademarks is available on the Web at “Copyright and trademarkand we can then extract, analyze and in a way that matches information” at this data rapidly and produce Murli Industries’ own copytrade.shtmlmeaningful results for executives. Intel, the Intel logo, Intel Xeon and the Intel Xeon ambitions” logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United“Looking ahead, we can see that States and other countries. UNIX is a registered Sudhir Thosar, Head of IT, Murli Industries trademark of The Open Group in the Unitedthere will be more consolidation Ltd. States and other countries. Linux is a trademarkto SAP applications, and analysis of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries, or both. Microsoft, Windows, Windowsof the centralized data will help NT, and the Windows logo are trademarks ofexecutives understand and manage Microsoft Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.the business more effectively. The Other company, product or service names mayIBM System x3650 and IBM System be trademarks, or service marks of others.Storage DS3400 technologies This case study illustrates how one IBMprovide an excellent foundation for customer uses IBM and/or IBM Business Partner technologies/services. Many factors haveMurli Cement to run its new SAP ERP contributed to the results and benefitsapplications, with the opportunity described. IBM does not guarantee comparable results. All information contained herein wasto start small and grow fast in a way provided by the featured customer and/or IBMthat matches Murli Industries’ own Business Partner. IBM does not attest to its accuracy. All customer examples cited representambitions,” concludes Sudhir Thosar. how some customers have used IBM products and the results they may have achieved. Actual environmental costs and performance characteristics will vary depending on individual customer configurations and conditions. This publication is for general guidance only. Photographs may show design models. © Copyright IBM Corp. 2010. All rights reserved. © Copyright 2010 SAP AG SAP AG Dietmar-Hopp-Allee 16 D-69190 Walldorf SAP, the SAP logo, SAP and all other SAP products and services mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and several other countries. SPC03301-INEN-00 (December 2010)