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Cipatex Group (Grupo Cipatex) is a leader in synthetic-laminate manufacturing, providing the market with reliable and innovative solutions with a commitment to social and environmental responsibility. Since its creation in 1964, the company has diversified and now has product lines across many industries, including retail goods, construction, mining, agriculture, automotive, sports, leisure, school supplies, and visual communications.
Cipatex Group had a high growth rate over the last 20 years, increasing sales, doubling production, and incorporating new business units through the acquisition of a petrochemical company and an alliance with the DuPont brand. However, the company’s in-house IT system could not support this expansion, so it selected Oracle and Oracle partner Maxxcon Consultoria e Sistemas to chart a path of organizational and technological evolution.
Cipatex Group eliminated service interruptions by deploying Oracle Database, Enterprise Edition 11g. It then implemented Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne management software and reduced monthly financial closing times from 25 days to 8 days and lowered raw-material and supply inventories, thanks to the solution’s real-time inventory management functionality. Cipatex Group recently upgraded to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.0, to achieve a 99.8% service availability level, yielding positive results, as all business information originates in this system and other applications depend on its performance.
“Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne is the major application among all of the systems at Cipatex. All business data originates within this application, and we’ve found a high level of satisfaction among internal users. Therefore, when we decided upgrade there was no need to evaluate other suppliers,” said Wanderlei Grando, IT manager, Cipatex Group.
“The upgrade to version 9.0 of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne was a three-month project that involved all of the company’s branches. We carried out the final go-live phase in just three days with no negative impact on the organization or factory stoppages. All of the upgrade routines worked properly and were successful,” Grando said.
“Maxxicon Consultoria e Sistemas was a very important piece in this process as it worked with us as members of the same team, aiming to achieve perfect conditions, so the project could be concluded within the proper time, cost, and scope. It has worked with us for a long time and, to this day, has been a great partner regarding all of the Oracle products we have implemented, working with great professionalism and credibility,” Grando said.