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Texas Industries, Inc. (TXI) is a leading supplier of cement, aggregate, and consumer product building materials for residential, commercial, and public works projects. With operating subsidiaries in six states, TXI is the largest producer of cement in Texas and a major producer in California. TXI is a major supplier of stone, sand, gravel, and expanded shale and clay products, and one of the largest producers of bagged cement and concrete products in the Southwest.
In 2005, TXI deployed Oracle E-Business Suite to streamline its administrative processes and increase efficiency companywide. The implementation was also instrumental in enabling the asset-intensive company to optimize preventative maintenance of equipment required to run its three major cement plants.
More recently, to address a recurring challenge of decentralized and manual processes for entering 180,000 vendor invoices annually, TXI deployed Oracle WebCenter Imaging 11g. Previously, invoice entry was a time- and resource-intensive process that entailed significant personnel requirements. Oracle WebCenter Imaging centralized the invoice processing system and routed documents electronically rather than sending paper invoices between offices. TXI gained significant efficiencies by reducing the number of hands required to touch an invoice before it is paid. Further, the company expanded visibility into its total spend to leverage better pricing, as it can more quickly pay invoices and take advantage of vendor discounts.
TXI is working to simplify its IT maintenance and support efforts by moving more middleware and applications to Oracle. To keep its IT environment running smoothly, TXI relies on Oracle Premier Support and My Oracle Support for expert advice and knowledge management, complete lifecycle management, proactive problem diagnosis and resolution, and expert configuration management.
TXI considered other ERP vendors but already had an investment in Oracle Database. It also relied on several third-party applications that use Oracle Database, which made the Oracle E-Business Suite the best option regarding the ease of integration. The company benefits from having a single vendor for most of its databases, applications, and middleware, so Oracle WebCenter Imaging 11g was a logical choice for that project, as well.
“Having a single vendor helps reduce the cost and effort required, since we only have to make one phone call. Also, when it comes time for upgrades, a single vendor simplifies that process, as well” said Terry Marshall, vice president of information services, Texas Industries, Inc.
TXI also benefits from Oracle’s comprehensive support programs and services, including Oracle Premier Support and My Oracle Support, which helps the organization troubleshoot potential issues and maintain the performance of its extensive and mission-essential Oracle environment.
TXI initially deployed Oracle E-Business Suite in 2005, rolling out modules in a phased approach, as business needs arose. The process began with Oracle Financials and Oracle Internet Expenses. More recently, TXI added Oracle iProcurement to facilitate a move from a decentralized to a centralized purchasing process. While implementing Oracle WebCenter Imaging 11g, TXI also completed a migration from Red Hat Linux to Oracle Linux.
TXI worked with O2Works on the original Oracle E-Business Suite implementation and then with Keste LLC for the Oracle WebCenter Imaging 11g implementation.