Port Autonome de Cotonou is located in Benin’s economic capital. It is the largest urban center in Cotonou and one of the major shipping ports in the region—a natural deep water harbor in a strategic location. The port covers 400,000 square meters, providing seven docks for container vessels and one dock for roll-on/roll-off cargo vessels. It serves Benin and its neighboring countries—Niger, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Togo, and Mali—providing imports, such as consumer goods, manufactured items, and cement. Major exports leaving the region through the port include petroleum products, bauxite, iron, and cotton.
Port Autonome de Cotonou wanted to improve its performance, physical security, and cargo capacity to reduce consumer transportation costs. It also sought to reduce container and cargo waiting times—to increase merchandise traffic volume from 4 million to 6.3 million metric tons per year—and to decrease the time required to clear customs from four days to one day.
As such, the port needed to replace its heavily customized third-party accounting and payroll system with a semi-automated, fully monitored financial management solution that provides direct visibility into the port’s financial and payroll status. The organization also wanted to enable authorized employees to generate periodic financial and payroll reports without contacting the organization’s IT specialists. Finally, it sought to lower the IT infrastructure’s total cost of ownership.
With Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.0, Port Autonome de Cotonou has a highly reliable, secure, and scalable application suite. The application immediately improved system performance and accounting visibility, standardized business processes, and increased operational efficiency. The organization worked with Oracle partner LP2I, leveraging LP2I’s Oracle Accelerate Solution to complete the implementation within five months, on a limited budget.
The port authority chose Oracle because of its competitive pricing, short implementation time, and the support provided by an experienced Oracle Platinum Partner with a proven track record in JD Edwards EnterpriseOne deployments.
The port authority worked with Oracle Partner LP2I, the first Oracle Accelerate solution partner with African operations, to complete the implementation in five months, on a limited budget.
Oracle Platinum Partner LP2I specializes in integrated IT solutions across industries and has more than fourteen years of experience in implementing Oracle ERP systems. LP2I was the clear choice due to its competitive pricing and rapid implementation timeframe.
"Implementing a complete ERP solution within five months on a limited budget was an enormous challenge. LP2I did an excellent job, completing the project on time and within budget, using its Accelerate implementation methodology, while providing excellent training support. We definitely plan to work with LP2I for our future needs," said Joseph Ahanhanzo, chief executive officer, Port Autonome de Cotonou.