Microsoft Dynamics AX – a powerful ERP solution has been chosen by the Jinasena Group of Companies as the right tool to drive their business to new heights. Jinasena - a diversified group with nearly a century of experience in Sri Lanka has grown to be one of the country’s largest Industrial and Trading Conglomerates with fifteen companies within its fold. Whilst Microsoft provides solutions, Sudaram Infotech of India will be the implementation partner.
Microsoft AX (formally known as Axapta) is a dominant Tier 1 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution for corporate businesses and with its entry to Sri Lanka, corporate Sri Lanka will be able to avail itself of one of the most powerful business enabler available today. Significantly, the implementation also marks the entry of Microsoft Sri Lanka into the Business Solutions space in Sri Lanka.
Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne, Country Manager – Microsoft Sri Lanka said “We take pride in implementing our flagship Enterprise Resource Planning software at Jinasena Group, one of the largest businesses in Sri Lanka. Familiar and adaptable, Microsoft Dynamics AX is a powerful alternative for companies looking to upgrade their business management solution. Sundaram Infotech and DACVision – the local partner for Dynamics have worked in partnership with Microsoft to roll out the implementation at Jinasena Group very effectively, and we are confident that this would enable the Jinasena Group to achieve the efficiencies it seeks.”
Microsoft Dynamics AX enjoys several unique features that make it the preferred choice for businesses. Perhaps most convenient is its familiarity – it looks and works like other Microsoft software that most users may be familiar with. Whether working with Microsoft Dynamics AX or the Microsoft Office system, users get a consistent, familiar experience which makes the traditional user embrace Dynamics AX readily. Microsoft Dynamics AX is part of a well-designed road map – it provides a roles-based user experience, service-oriented architecture, and a common client technology that works like and with the Microsoft Office system. Future releases are expected to provide a model-driven approach to business processes that draws on the power of Microsoft Visual Studio .NET.
The system is adaptable, cost-effective, and easy to maintain; it is designed to reduce the time needed to maintain an existing solution and to adapt a solution to changing business needs. Microsoft Dynamics AX provides one of the lowest Total Cost of Ownership models in the industry, and the Microsoft mass market model helps reduce the cost of development and maintenance, further lowering the TCO of the installation. A standardized migration process, together with a new Sure Step Migration Tool for Microsoft Dynamics AX, can help speed up the implementation process, lessen the risks inherent in any implementation, provide increased transparency, deliver improved accuracy, and ease the pain that can take place when migrating to a new system. Dynamics AX is designed with an architecture that makes it easier to implement in stages and even be implemented in subsidiary or satellite sites with links to the back-office system in headquarters facilitating for mixed-mode manufacturers and distributors.
Microsoft Dynamics AX has more than 1,500 partners and 7,000 customers worldwide and Microsoft is working with the partner community to deliver best-of-class vertical solutions to support many industries.
The complete implementation of AX Dynamics at the Jinasena Limited would encompass the processes of Finance, Supply Chain, Projects and Services Management, Production, Master Planning & Human Resources and Admin(Fleet), Centralized Planning and After Sales Service Management. Centralized planning: out of many, one of the key requirements of Jinasena Group was to perform centralized planning for the group to attain cost benefits in the material requirement planning process. Yet again, Dynamics AX was rated the ideal solution in meeting this key requirement.
At the project kick-off Mr Rohan Jinasena, Director of Jinasena Limited said “We are extremely happy to select Microsoft Dynamics Ax as the new ERP solution for the Jinasena Limited group as it supports our business processes and future business strategies. All our present operations could be totally integrated with Dynamics AX functions and will require only a minimum level of customization as identified during the preliminary stages. Since Dynamics AX is a software solution implemented at leading organizations in many countries, undoubtedly the best business practices already available with the package would bring in greater benefits to the organization. With implementation of Dynamics AX we are hoping to improve our present business processes and to provide many benefits to our valued customers.”
Mr. Senaka Attygalle, General Manager (IT) of Jinasena Ltd group said, the decision to implement a new ERP solution was taken since the present system could not cope with the business expansions and the technology used to develop the system was more than 15 years old.
Microsoft Dynamics Ax was selected after a careful evaluation process where few other ERP systems were considered and also he said we are fortunate to select an ERP system like Dynamics AX since it is rich in features, user friendly and also most of the processors could be mapped with Dynamics AX respective modules with proper parameter settings. Thereby the envisaged customization percentage could be kept to a minimum level. At the project kick-off, Mr. Attygalle highlighted the key benefits of the new ERP system and the user commitments and key responsibilities to make the project a success. He also emphasized certain key points of how to implement an ERP system successfully.
Sundaram Infotech is a wholly owned subsidiary of one of the most respected Financial Services Companies in India: Sundaram Finance Limited, a part of the TVS Group. An ISO 9001: 2000 quality certified organization, Sundaram Infotech focuses on markets in Indian subcontinent, Middle East Asia, US, Europe and Australia. Sundaram Infotech offers to provide licenses and implementation services for Microsoft Dynamics AX | NAV | CRM and also offers Dynamics solutions for specific industries such as Automobile Dealerships, Construction, Financial Services and Trading. Sundaram Infotech can also offer services based on Microsoft Dynamics such as training, resource augmentation, upgrade services to Dynamics partners and customers.
DACvision, the Microsoft – Gold Certified Partner, is the local partner for Microsoft Dynamics products suite. DACvision is the primary party who
teamed up with Sundaram Infotech of India, in materializing the Dynamics AX implementation project at Jinasena Group. The DACvision team would shadow the implementation team from Sundaram Infotech to get the expertise and be ready with certification to provide post implementation support to Jinasena Group. This would further benefit Jinasena to obtain support services at a low cost.
Jinasena Limited is involved in a range of industries including the manufacture of Water Pumps, Tractors, Agricultural Machinery, Machining and Fabrication of Engineering Components, Seals, Solid Rubber Tyres, Garments, Aluminium Dye Castings and Hospitality Industry. They currently operate six factories producing water pumps, electric motors and agricultural machinery. These products, manufactured to international standards, are exported to many countries around the world through Jinasena Industrial Appliances Limited. Jinasena was among the first to introduce computer controlled numerical machines to the manufacturing sector in Sri Lanka. Today, with eleven CNC turning centers, seven injecting molding machines, eight NC lathes, two Seal Lapping and polishing machines and newly introduced Ultra-Sonic pasting machines – the latest technology in the Sri Lankan manufacturing sector, Jinasena Industrial Appliances Limited customizes products to be exported according to each country’s requirements. Jinasena Industrial Appliances Limited focuses mainly on outsourcing parts or complete assemblies in electric motors, water pumps and related industrial products.
Jinasena is also the sole distributors for ROBIN engines from Japan and also imports Water Purifiers from India and Drip and Sprinkler irrigation systems from leading manufacturers in the USA, Israel, Thailand and India - all of which reaches the local market through the island-wide network of Sales Centers and dealers.