"IT Has Deep Penetration At Alok Industries"
Alok Industries has implemented SAP and Oracle Log Shipping in 2007 and is planning to deploy BI and APO Solution in the next fiscal.
Alok Industries is one of the fastest growing vertically integrated textiles solution providers in India, with operations in Navi Mumbai, Vapi and Silvassa. The company recently implemented SAP and is in the initial stage of deploying Oracle Log Shipping DR solution. Biztech2 speaks with Shaji Varghese, Head IT, Alok Industries.
Can you give us a brief on the present and future of IT implementations at Alok Industries?
The company went live with SAP on April 1, 2007. We will start getting deliverables from the solution after some minor configuration issues are sorted out. Our plan of action is to deploy a BI solution and further modules of SAP once the operations become seamless.
Recently we initiated a DR solution. The backup will be done on a host server at Silvassa. This will act as a full-fledged Business Continuity DR solution to assure that in case of an infrastructure failure, data up to the last transaction is captured. Sify has provided us with VPN connectivity, and as a backup strategy we have tied up with Reliance.
In a nutshell, this year we have deployed SAP and the Disaster Recovery solution. The Business Intelligence solution, along with additional modules of SAP and APO deployment, is planned for the next fiscal.
You said the company is in the initial stage of deploying a DR solution. Can you take us through that?
Presently we have an efficient backup system. The company has a complete mirroring and clustering of the production. There is a fireproof cabinet for backup. However, in case there is a SAN failure, chances of data loss is higher.
Additionally, we are a company with deep IT penetration. All the business processes are mapped in the IT systems. To assure no downtime and in case of any eventuality, we are able to retrieve even the last transaction. Hence the role of the DR solution becomes crucial, and we felt the need for an online backup system at a remote location.
The DR solution implementation is part of our Business Continuity Planning. Another priority will be to reduce the time interval of data backup. The DR solution is Oracle Log Shipping as we are on Oracle DBMS.
You went live with SAP from April 1, 2007. Can you tell us about the customization included, typical to the textile Industry?
Alok Industries is an integrated textile company having operations from yarn processing to garment manufacturing. It operates from diverse geographical locations. Given the nature of business and the geographical spread, there are some focus points, such as quality and diversion/cancellation of orders. We don’t follow a make-to-stock scenario whereby there is a standard bill of material. We are in a make-to-order scenario under which the bill of material varies even if the raw material is the same. So, one has to keep track of the entire cycle.
There are some common business processes like order to cash, procurement and financial cycle, etc., but the characteristics of those processes differ. For example, there are various characteristics that are specific to textile products. The material characteristic of yarn is different from that of fabric, and so on.
The processing of yarn depends on the characteristic of the material. A certain kind of yarn cannot be mixed, however SAP stores it either as batch or material characteristic. The basic material is the same but the characteristic of the end product is different, which SAP is not configured to capture. Our in-house team has developed various production components that are plugged into SAP.