Frimesa Cooperativa Central Completes Monthly Billings 4x Faster with Enterprise Resource Planning Upgrade
 
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Frimesa Cooperativa Central Completes Monthly Billings 4x Faster with Enterprise Resource Planning Upgrade

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%.

 
 

 
 

Challenges

A word from Frimesa Cooperativa Central

  • “The migration project was a success. We achieved all of our objectives relating to the system´s use and business results, and deployment was on time and on budget. We completed the migration without impacting other internal processes, as the E-Business Suite 12.1 modules continued to process critical company information.”– Irajá Curts, Chief Information Officer, Frimesa Cooperativa Central

  • Employ an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to help Frimesa maintain its 20% annual growth rate in the food market by accelerating billing and improving quality control in manufacturing processes
  • Gain better billing, logistics and production control for operations at the company’s five production plants and 13 distribution units

Solutions

  • Upgraded to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 and used its expanded functionality to improve financial, sales, logistics, production, planning, and accounting processes—like the monthly bill close, which is now 4x faster
  • Raised satisfaction and system usability levels among its 350 users, thanks to the solution’s easy-to-navigate, graphical user interface
  • Monitored and consolidated production and logistical data for the company and its meat and dairy lines, supporting further growth through a detailed view of accounting operations and enabling it to better organize its accounts, thanks to the Oracle E-Business Suite workflow features
  • Completed the migration project without impacting the company’s critical processes (such as accounting and billing) in a transparent manner and within the stipulated five-month timeline—without budget overruns or scope creep—thanks to the adoption of Oracle Application Implementation Method (AIM Advantage), which brings together the market’s best practices

Why Oracle

“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.

Implementation Process

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.

Partner

“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.