The chemical manufacturing group embarks on a digital transformation by migrating JD Edwards EnterpriseOne to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).
“Moving JD Edwards EnterpriseOne to OCI was a challenge that we accepted, knowing that it would require a lot of work in a really short time. The complementary tools of Oracle Cloud helped make it a success.”
Grupo OCQ (Oswaldo Cruz Química), a leading producer of resins and raw materials for the construction, paint, adhesives, packaging, paper, and textiles industries in Latin America, includes 21 companies as part of its structure. The company was rapidly expanding, prompting the need for robust infrastructure at all its branches and facilities across Brazil and Latin America, especially at its headquarters in São Paulo. The company added more memory and processors to its server landscape to improve computing capabilities, but the cost of doing this became prohibitive.
To overcome these challenges, Grupo OCQ decided to support its on-premises enterprise resource planning (ERP) system—Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne—with a virtual machine on AWS. However, this setup made data backups very time-consuming. When the Brazilian currency started losing value against the US dollar, it made the cost of the contract substantially more expensive. The company struggled with scaling compute power, and also found AWS’s support and service difficult and distant. At one point, the on-premises machine running JD Edwards had a hardware failure, leaving the company without access to JD Edwards for a week.
Security was another critical concern for Grupo OCQ because JD Edwards could be accessed from anywhere via its IP address. Although the application had access controls, they were ineffective and easy to circumvent.
The group companies also needed to address their logistics challenges. Apart from having facilities throughout Brazil and Latin America, the company operated a fleet of 90 vehicles, ranging from small to very large. The company used Excel spreadsheets to route and monitor vehicles, as well as to control shipment status, which was labor-intensive and prone to errors. Grupo OCQ leaders decided to move to a new version of JD Edwards and also use the opportunity to rethink the cloud environment.
Until recently we saw IT as an expense, but after our move to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, we understood that it’s an investment that gives a return and strategic value.
Why Grupo OCQ chose Oracle
Grupo OCQ selected Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and Oracle Enterprise Database Service because of their ease and speed in scaling computing power. The company also built a close relationship with Oracle’s support team and was confident in Oracle’s ability to provide fast and effective support in times of need.
Moving JD Edwards to OCI, while also deploying Oracle Analytics Cloud, allowed the chemical manufacturer to increase staff efficiency and expand analytics capabilities.
The organization successfully set up JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2 Financial Management and Inventory Management in OCI for the five main companies within the group, working from configuration, testing, and verification to proof of concept with the help of Oracle Premier Support. The company saw immediate efficiency benefits from the transition. Before moving to OCI, staff would spend nearly 12 hours finishing all pending tasks, whereas now they execute the same duties in around 2 hours—more than 5X faster.
Grupo OCQ companies also addressed its considerable logistics challenges by deploying Oracle Transportation Management and integrating the solution with JDE. This streamlined the entire logistics chain—such as transportation planning and execution, including freight payment—on a single application.
Using Oracle Analytics Cloud, the organization’s IT team created dashboards for analyzing JDE data, providing an environment where non-IT staff could design their own dashboards. Employees can also extract business intelligence data from Oracle Analytics without needing to involve IT experts.
Meanwhile, Grupo OCQ solved its security challenges by creating a virtual private network, which helped the company create a secure home-office environment when the pandemic disrupted normal operations. The company found the VPN on OCI to be faster than a local connection.
Grupo OCQ selected Oracle Premier Support to help with the implementation.
About the customer
Grupo OCQ is made up of 21 companies in the chemical sector. Headquartered in Brazil, the group employs more than 1,000 people and has 30 operating units, with a presence in 7 countries and 8 Brazilian states.