Life Technologies Corporation Integrates Applications, Improves Shipment Accuracy, On Boards Acquisition in Two Months, and Speeds Time to Market
 
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Life Technologies Corporation Integrates Applications, Improves Shipment Accuracy, On Boards Acquisition in Two Months, and Speeds Time to Market

Life Technologies Corporation is a global biotechnology tools company dedicated to improving the human condition. It was created from the merger of Invitrogen Corporation and Applied Biosystems Inc. in November 2008. Its product portfolio includes technologies for capillary electrophoresis-based sequencing, next-generation sequencing, mass spectrometry, sample preparation, cell culture, ribonucleic acid (RNA), interference analysis, functional genomics research, proteomics, and cell biology applications, as well as clinical diagnostic applications and water testing analysis. The company has a presence in approximately 160 countries, and holds more than 3,100 patents and exclusive licenses.

Life Technologies wanted to find an efficient way to achieve real-time integration between its JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, Siebel customer relationship management (CRM), Agile product lifecycle management (PLM), and warehouse management environments. It had been relying on batch processing, which did not provide the real-time data the organization required, especially in its very active warehouse network.

The company used Oracle Fusion Middleware, including Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle Service Bus, Oracle Application Integration Architecture, and Oracle Application Development Framework, to achieve the real-time integration it required. It has reduced missing product shipments and losses associated with them and rapidly integrated a new acquisition in just two months—30% faster than if the company had used traditional integration methodologies. Life Technologies also accelerated the creation of new stock keeping units (SKUs), speeding time to market for new products. Further, it reduced the time, expense, and potential for error associated with rekeying data into multiple systems.

 
 

 
 

Challenges

A word from Life Technologies Corporation

  • “Oracle Fusion Middleware has enabled us to achieve real-time integration between our core business systems, including our JD Edwards EnterpriseOne environment, Siebel CRM applications, Agile product lifecycle management systems, and our warehouse management environment. It is opening up new possibilities, as it helps improve shipping accuracy and inventory control, quickly integrate new companies, and accelerate time to market for new products. And, we’re just getting started.” – Sreedhar Reddy, Senior Manager, Enterprise Resource Planning and Middleware Development, Life Technologies Corporation

  • Achieve real-time integration between the company’s enterprise resource planning (ERP), CRM, manufacturing, warehouse management, and product lifecycle managements systems to automate, accelerate, and improve the accuracy of core business processes, from the creation of new life sciences instrumentation and diagnostics products, to order fulfillment
  • Enable the company to rapidly integrate acquired companies to jumpstart return on investment
  • Ensure more accurate data about the company’s instrumentation and diagnostics products and eliminate the time, expense, and potential errors associated with rekeying data into multiple systems
  • Improve IT team productivity and accelerate IT initiatives through the ability to reuse integration components

Solutions

  • Used Oracle Fusion Middleware, including Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle Service Bus, Oracle Application Integration Architecture, and Oracle Application Development Framework, to achieve real-time integration of Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne applications with the company’s warehouse management system, Siebel CRM applications, Agile PLM applications and more, providing more accurate information and expanded visibility across the enterprise
  • Eliminated missing shipments of the company’s life sciences instruments and diagnostics products and reduced associated lost revenue
  • Improved inventory control—reducing the incidence of shelf-life expiration for perishable products, such as dry ice—thanks to more efficient and accurate information exchange between JD Edwards EnterpriseOne ERP applications and the company’s warehouse management environments
  • Enabled efficient processing of 25% of the company’s US$3.8 billion in revenue using Oracle Fusion Middleware
  • Gained the ability to integrate a new company into Life Technologies’ ERP environment in just two months to jumpstart return on investment, reusing existing Web services to complete the project 30% faster than with traditional integration methods
  • Created a business workflow application that automated and decreased turnaround time for creating new SKUs, helping to speed time to market for new instrumentation, diagnostic, and testing products
  • Eliminated time, expense, and potential for error associated with rekeying data into multiple systems
  • Created a foundation to consolidate manufacturing applications for a more efficient environment and develop real-time dashboards for expanded visibility into shipments, warehouse activity, manufacturing, and more