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TechNova Generates Reports 3x Faster, Enhances Decision-Making, and Boosts Competitive Edge

Established in 1971, TechNova Imaging Systems (P) Ltd. (TechNova) is a leading global manufacturer of total imaging solutions for the graphic arts industry. TechNova offers complete, integrated solutions that include consumables, systems, software solutions and services for the print, publishing, packaging, textile, engineering, signage, and photo industries. The company is also the pioneer of the Go Green revolution in the Indian printing industry.

TechNova has four major lines of business, with three lines specializing in imaging-product manufacturing, such as digital and analog printing plates and processing chemistry. The company’s trademark digital print media products include offset laser and inkjet printing applications. The fourth line of business focuses on marketing digital imaging solutions for the prepress printing segment.

In 2001, TechNova implemented Oracle’s JD Edwards 7.3.3 as the enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform for its three manufacturing lines. With support for JD Edwards 7.3.3 scheduled to end, TechNova wanted to reinforce its IT strategy and determine the right ERP platform for future business support. 

TechNova decided to adopt a big-bang approach and overhaul the entire IT ERP infrastructure platform. The company implemented the Oracle Optimized Solution for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne running on SPARC T4 with Oracle Solaris and Oracle WebLogic Server. The solution provided a highly available, secure, and scalable ERP platform, and enabled the company to complete reports up to 3x faster, enhance inventory visibility, and improve operational efficiency for supply chain operations.

TechNova was the first company in India to deploy Oracle Optimized Solutions for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne.

 
Ensures High Availability While Reporting up to 3x Faster

A word from TechNova Imaging Systems (P) Ltd.

  • “We chose Oracle Optimized Solution for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, as Oracle’s integrated hardware and software platform is a perfect fit for our manufacturing environment. We complete reporting up to 3x faster, have enhanced inventory visibility and improved management decision-making. We also have a mobility option for future business innovations.” – Piyush Kapadia, Chief Information Officer, TechNova Imaging Systems, Ltd.

TechNova was using multiple vendors, including IBM servers and Microsoft products, to support its ERP platform. The company also needed to upgrade its legacy operating system and database, which were at end of their support and could no longer support the ERP system. It was also time-consuming to manage multiple-vendor systems and coordinate with each vendor to resolve issues. 

By implementing Oracle Optimized Solution for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, TechNova transformed from a multivendor IT environment into a single-vendor platform, ensuring full, strategic support from Oracle and eliminating future lapses in assistance from multiple vendors. 

“Oracle Optimized Solution for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne is a complete, fully tested, and tuned architecture, and we know what to expect right out-of-the box. With a single point of contact for resolution of all issues, it is much easier to manage and meet our business requirements with multiple locations and websites. It saves us time and costs,” said Piyush Kapadia, CIO, TechNova Imaging Solutions, Ltd.

Using JD Edwards EnterpriseOne running on SPARC T4 with Oracle Solaris, TechNova gained a reliable, secure, and scalable ERP platform and ensured 24/7 availability for its business-critical supply chain operations, as the system can scale up to 1,200 users. It also accelerated the data processing speed for its ERP system. As such, managers can generate critical reports, such as manufacturing work orders, production planning, and financial reports, up to 3x faster.

 
Improves Data Accuracy and Enhances Decision-Making with Real-Time Data

 
Enhances Inventory Management and Improves Cash Management

 
Gains Control Over Supply Chain Operation, Increases Staff Productivity

 
Enables Anytime, Anywhere Access; Increases Competitive Advantages

 
 

 
 

Challenges

  • Improve operational efficiency for digital imaging manufacturing and marketing lines of business with an upgraded ERP system and single-vendor environment
  • Ensure high availability and scalability of the ERP platform to support business growth and enhance competitiveness in the graphic communications industry
  • Improve data accuracy and increase management confidence in quality of reporting

Solutions

  • Produced business-critical reports up to 3x faster by implementing Oracle Optimized Solution for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne deployed on SPARC T4 running Oracle Solaris
  • Achieved high availability and scalability for the ERP platform to support a 24/7 supply chain across all locations and future growth of the supply chain
  • Simplified system management and reduced costs with a single-vendor solution
  • Gained real-time data visibility across manufacturing, sales, and marketing departments by seamlessly integrating transactions for manufacturing, financials, and procurement
  • Improved reporting accuracy, boosting management confidence and enabling more informed decisions
  • Enhanced inventory visibility across 15 regional distribution centers, channel partners, and customers—gaining better control over inventory allocation and improving cash flow management
  • Improved the customer experience by enabling customers to place orders and view shipment statuses online
  • Increased staff productivity by automating processes for cross-border transportation
  • Streamlined complex billing for each state and provided flexibility for invoicing to meet overseas and domestic customs requirements
  • Enabled anywhere, anytime access to data and increased mobility for future business innovations, thanks to Oracle WebLogic Server

Why Oracle

With JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 7.3.3 coming to an end of support, TechNova evaluated other ERP vendors, including SAP. The company decided to stay with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and selected Oracle Optimized Solution for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne for its integrated hardware and software platform with single-vendor support. 

Furthermore, Oracle’s recommitment to providing ongoing support to existing JD Edwards customers after 2013, cemented TechNova’s IT strategy to continue with JD Edwards. TechNova also chose Oracle WebLogic Server over IBM for its seamless integration with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne’s architecture.

“JD Edwards EnterpriseOne is the perfect fit for a manufacturing environment, as no other vendor can offer the same manufacturing capabilities. With Oracle Optimized Solution for JD Edwards, we gained a high-performance, highly available, secure, and scalable ERP platform that can support our growth and enhance our competitive edge,” Kapadia said.

Implementation Process

As TechNova was the first company to implement Oracle Optimized Solution for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne in India, the company adopted a balance-transfer approach for implementing the solution. It began the migration for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and then deployed SPARC T4 and Oracle WebLogic Server to ensure minimal disruption to business continuity. The company next cleaned up database gaps between current and historic data in the past 10 years before moving into a production environment. 

TechNova worked with Oracle Consulting from India and Oracle’s Denver team for testing and periodic review with stakeholders. Oracle Consulting also performed system health checks and provided solutions to resolve issues and improve system performance during the implementation period. The new system went live in August 2013, and it is operating smoothly with users trained and prepared for the new environment.

“We are impressed with the excellent support and prompt response from Oracle’s Denver team. With its expertise and experience in JD Edwards environment, it provided useful insights and enabled us to address our challenges quickly,” Kapadia said.

Partner

TechNova worked with Oracle partner Wipro Ltd. for the implementation of Oracle Optimized Solution for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and Oracle WebLogic server. Wipro provided support for onsite configuration, issue monitoring, mitigation, network system audits, and module customization.

“We’ve had a good working relationship with Wipro since our first JD Edwards implementation in 2002. The team has enabled us to migrate to the new Oracle environment successfully and optimize our IT infrastructure,” Kapadia said.