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Frimesa Cooperativa Central produces meat and dairy products and distributes them to food retailers in Brazil. Headquartered in the Brazilian state of Paraná, the company has five production plants and 13 distribution units in the states of Paraná, Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro. Since food safety and public health are key priorities in the food industry, the company practices rigorous quality control—from the origination of raw materials, to delivery—using standardized procedures and production-line inspections.
The company has grown by an average of 20% per year and aims to maintain this growth rate. To achieve this goal, Frimesa continuously reviews and seeks to improve its business processes, especially for billing and quality control. As such, it decided to upgrade to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1, which improved performance and reduced the time needed to process monthly billing by 75%.
“We were already very satisfied with Oracle’s service from commercial and technical points of view. This influenced our decision to upgrade and remain on the same platform. We had assessed other options on the market but they proved not to be viable. We knew Oracle E-Business Suite was the best option to help us maintain our 20% annual growth rate,” said Irajá Curts, chief information officer, Frimesa Cooperativa Central.
Frimesa led the project and worked with Innovative Management Consulting because of its implementation expertise. The company used Oracle AIM Advantage along with its documents and procedures to ensure a successful implementation.
“We carried out the upgrade in three stages. In the first stage, we migrated and tested the base, which enabled us to identify and anticipate problems. In the last two stages—which took only two months—we tested and validated the processes and synchronized and finalized the migration. We had only three hours of downtime and completed the project in a third of the estimated time. It was a totally transparent and flawless project,” Curts said.
“The Innovative Management Consulting team in charge of this upgrade was very familiar with the Oracle AIM Advantage methodology. The team’s skill set enabled us to avoid project rework and helped us meet our deadlines. We had already worked with Innovative on other projects with great success. Its professionals have a lot of experience, and they always meet deadlines without increasing project costs. We are very satisfied with yet another successful project,” Curts said.