Nufarm SA is the Argentine subsidiary of Nufarm Limited, one of the world’s 10 largest producers and providers of agrochemicals designed to protect crops. Nufarm also owns the Nuseed Company, which is dedicated to plant breeding and that markets sunflowers, sorghum, and canola.
Nufarm Limited has more than 2,600 employees worldwide, with factories in 13 countries. It offers more than 2,400 registered products, including herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and growth regulators, in over 100 countries. In Latin America, it has operations in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico.
In 2005, Nufarm first selected Oracle E-Business Suite—administrated by Oracle Managed Cloud Services—for its Latin American operations.
“We didn’t have an IT infrastructure. We selected Oracle E-Business Suite because it was a tried-and-tested solution that had been very successful. We chose Oracle Managed Cloud Services because it enabled us save on IT infrastructure expenses, while still providing the best support. Today, we have an Oracle project office and continue to use Oracle Managed Cloud Services for deployments throughout the region. In addition, Oracle Database is incomparable and irreplaceable. Microsoft SQL, Sybase, and Informix can’t touch it,” said Mariano Quintana, regional leader of Oracle projects, Nufarm SA.
“It is more cost effective to pay a monthly fee to support the database, hardware, and the application suite than to buy solutions and hire more employees. And, there’s less risk of incidents when you have an Oracle Managed Cloud Services contract. We have been so pleased that we are now migrating to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12,” Quintana said.
Nufarm deployed Oracle E-Business Suite in 2005 in Argentina, using Oracle Managed Cloud Services. Between 2006 and 2010, it extended the implementation to subsidiaries in Chile, Colombia, and Mexico, and to Nuseed Argentina. In 2011, the company implemented Oracle Forms to develop new electronic invoicing, seed exchange, and shipping management applications. It integrated these applications with Oracle E-Business Suite to comply with Argentina’s Federal Administration of Public Revenues regulations, optimize management efficiency, and enhance customer relationships.
“In 2011, we used Oracle Forms and Reports Managed Cloud Service to enhance processes, such as exchanging seeds for agrochemicals, and to manage packing slips and shipments, with all data integrated with Oracle E-Business Suite, as well as with our electronic billing process,” Quintana said.
Nufarm worked with Oracle partner IT Convergence to implement Oracle E-Business Suite Managed Cloud Service, as well as to develop Oracle Forms and Reports Managed Cloud Service applications, such as those used to generate online packing slips. It completed the implementation on time and within budget.
“IT Convergence is a strategic partner for us. We have great confidence in the company, which has the necessary infrastructure to succeed and a clear understanding of our business,” Quintana said. “IT Convergence also helped us to optimize our Oracle investment.”