SAP India honours the Best Run Businesses that are setting global benchmarks in excellence at SAP ACE 2007

SAP ACE 2007 receives enthusiastic customer response across the Indian Subcontinent

The Nominations demonstrate effective use of technology for outstanding business transformation

New DelhiSAP India today announced the winners of SAP ACE 2007 (Awards for Customer Excellence) – the second edition of its annual awards in recognition of customer excellence. A total of 38 winners were felicitated in an impressive awards ceremony held on 27th August, 2007 in New Delhi. The SAP ACE awards 2007 received enthusiastic nominations from a large number of organizations – large, medium and small.

The SAP ACE awards span across three categories which include: overall category, midsize category and small enterprises category. The evaluation process comprised of four stages including scrutiny of the nomination form, short listing via interviews, onsite review and final assessment by the jury after a detailed panel discussion. The expert members of the jury comprised of R. Subramanian, Managing Director, Subhiksha Trading Services, V.M. Venkatarajan, former IT Advisor – TVS Group, T. Ravindran, General Manager, ONGC, Amit Mukherjee, Vice President and Group CIO, RPG Group, Krishna Sundar, Chairperson – ERP Center & CFC, IIM-Bangalore and Ranjan Das, President & CEO, SAP Indian Subcontinent.

“ We are very happy with the enthusiasm of our customers in showcasing their business transformation success, through the SAP ACE process. Highlighting the increasing penetration of IT usage in companies of all sizes in the Sub Continent, we received nominations from organisations across all segments and industries” said Ranjan Das, President and CEO, SAP Indian Subcontinent. “It was a very tough job for the jury to select the winning projects from a list of exceptional nominations, showcasing that the best run Indian Businesses run SAP.” he added.

This year’s nominations received a rich participation from companies of all sizes – with revenues ranging from less than Rs. 20 Crores to the largest companies in the Indian Sub continent. Corporates across diverse businesses like garments, retail, telecom, construction, consumer goods, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, steel & oil producers, energy, utilities, IT/ITES enthusiastically participated in SAP ACE. The nominations also include a rich spread of projects across diverse verticals like HR, SCM, NetWeaver & BI implementations, and managing growth across many diversified businesses.

The winning nominations across various categories are: –

Best Financial Sector Implementation
National Housing Bank

– For a project that is helping this Housing Finance regulator to expand its offerings through e-enabled processes and through microfinance trials whilst keeping controls on market & company positions

Best Public Services Sector Implementation
International Water Management Institute

– For a project that has helped this global NGO provide separate accounts for donors and management, control project & corporate assets–all the while keeping the least possible admin overheads to maximise the on-ground impact of project funds.

Best Metal Sector Implementation
Tata Steel

– An ERP implementation that covers not only the core company but subsidiaries & associates, that is making a sizeable business impact for this steel giant

Best Oil & Gas Sector Implementation
OIL India

– An ERP implementation that is helping this public sector oil giant to control operations and fund flows comprehensively

Best Chemicals Sector Implementation – Large Enterprises
Indian Rayon (Unit of Aditya Birla Nuvo Limited)

– A core implementation in the Chemicals industry that is yielding rich returns across several operating parameters—collection, inventory, order processing etc.

Best Pharmaceuticals Sector Implementation
Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited

– With emphasis on statutory compliances across several countries, EDI with supply chain & customers–this is a project that has also helped Ranbaxy achieve the prestigious SAP CCC status 3 times already.

Best Automotive Sector Implementation – Large Enterprises
Mahindra & Mahindra Limited

– A well-defined, user-led BI implementation across Farm & Auto Equipment businesses, one that is empowering users in key operating & business decisions today

Best Automotive Sector Implementation – Large Enterprises
Tata Motors Ltd.

– SRM-cum-Warehouse management project that has redefined supplier processes and leveraged technology applications in warehouse operations allowing major operating benefits.

Best Service Providers Sector Implementation
Kuoni Travel (India) Private Limited

– A well-managed implementation in an industry not traditionally known for technology, this project promises several important operational benefits for Kuoni Travel.

Best Travel & Transportation Sector Implementation
Jet Airways

– A significant HR and BW / BI implementation in an extremely competitive, fast-growing yet difficult-to-operate-in sector.

Best Telecommunications Sector Implementation
Reliance Communications

– A Master Data Management project across the entire group, which provides easy material visibility and search functions allowing better material control in future group projects.

Best Utilities Sector Implementation

– A large, 5 location implementation for one of India’s leading power producers, this project has provided excellent cost-benefits and project management improvements

Best Engineering & Machinery Sector Implementation
Larsen & Toubro Ltd.

– A well-managed treasury operations implementation with a huge treasury transaction base that is well controlled by a small treasury team

Best Textiles and Apparel Sector Implementation – Large Enterprises
MAS Intimates Pvt. Ltd.

– This project reflects the focus of this company–in improving operations and impacting business. The clarity and single-mindedness of approach has given this textiles & apparels company huge business benefits even in the first year of implementation.

Best Defence Electronics (High Tech) Sector Implementation
Bharat Electronics Limited

– A challenging project for a high-tech company engaged in both exports and domestic markets, both civilian and defence sectors, where product design & components are complex and global competition is tough

Best Construction & Real Estate Sector
Implementation – Large Enterprises

Hindustan Construction Co. Ltd.

– A project that has user involvement and the unstinting commitment to leverage technology even in remote, unconnected areas of the country. This project has become an SAP reference site in the construction industry

Best Media Sector Implementation – Large Enterprises
Bennett, Coleman & Company Limited

– For a project that promises to usher in some serious change management ( in keeping with the changing “times”) in one of India’s largest media corporations–a task that is both deep & wide in scope and implication

Best Consumer Products Sector Implementation – Large Enterprises
Titan Industries Limited

– Implementing Knowledge Management is never easy, particularly in a growing & creative company. Titan has a well-structured KM agenda and this project will go a long way in transforming Titan into a knowledge-led enterprise

Best Gems & Jewellery Sector Implementation
Dimexon Diamonds Ltd.

– A project that helps this global gems & jewellery company to keep track of its very valuable products and in estimating exact value-addition in each of its factory processes.

Best Automotive Sector Implementation – Midsize Enterprises
Pricol Limited

– In a keenly contested award category, a cohesive and clear strategic framework has helped this quietly performing company to become an SAP powerhouse partner in South India. Pricol continues to leverage this SAP implementation to provide competitive advantages for both operations and growth.

Best Consumer Products Sector Implementation – Midsize Enterprises
NITCO Tiles Limited

– An ERP implementation that has provided immediate first-order benefits to this company–including ideas such as tracking the installation of signages at project sites.

Best Media Sector Implementation – Midsize Enterprises
Sakal Group of Publications

– This regional media company has used technology to improve not just distribution but advertising planning and inventory management–helping it to maintain its strong leadership position.

Best Textiles and Apparel Sector Implementation – Midsize Enterprises
Abhishek Industries Limited

– Some excellent user involvement backed by top management support has ensured that this ERP implementation is well on its way to providing several orders of business benefits.

Best Oil & Gas Sector Implementation – Midsize Enterprises
SHV Energy Private Limited

– For a project that helps this MNC control the two major cost drivers, production & distribution

Best Retail Sector Implementation
Radhakrishna Foodland Pvt. Ltd.

– An excellent IT project that gives this retailer-cum-distributor a strong foundation for scalability, both in warehouse/distribution and within stores.

Best Chemicals Sector Implementation – Midsize Enterprises
Phillips Carbon Black Ltd.

– A relatively older ERP implementation but one with clear business benefits in freight, inventory and debtor control–allowing a quick payback on investment

Best Construction & Real Estate Sector Implementation – Midsize Enterprises
K. Raheja Corp Private Limited

– An effective ERP implementation in the construction industry that helps to control project schedules & budgets, improve leasing management and provide activity-level tracking

Best Implementation – Small Enterprises
Encube Ethicals Pvt. Ltd.

– For achieving excellent operating and decision-making advantages from an enterprise applications project.

Best Implementation – Small Enterprises
Natural Textiles Pvt. Ltd.

– For achieving better inventory control, better order management and faster response time to customer requests, in a tight operating conditions of the hosiery industry

Innovative SAP NetWeaver Implementation
TVS Motor Company Limited

– For utilizing the power of NetWeaver really well in their core business operations—improving product design & launch timeframes through collaboration and in obtaining/tracking product feedback from markets directly

Jury Award – SAP HCM Implementation
John Keells Holdings Limited

– A project that recognises the multiple facets of HCM–including recruitment, payroll, personnel administration and performance management and unifying power of human capital across diverse businesses and implementing such a project across 70 different group companies.

Jury Award – Agri-business Sector Implementation
Bajaj Hindusthan Ltd

– For fast implementation of an IT project in a difficult agri-business sector at rural locations–for the pioneering effort in introducing IT & ERP into a relatively unexposed employee profile

Jury Award – SAP Business One Implementation
Pidilite Industries Limited

– A special multi-country small B-1 implementation that forms a key part of Pidilite’s global expansion

SAP Special Recognition Award
Indian Oil Corporation Limited

– For Innovation in Implementing Business Continuity Solutions covering 650+ locations across the length and breadth of India, with a strong emphasis on well documented processes and procedures

Infosys Technologies Limited

SAP Special Recognition Award

– For using innovation and design around SAP as a framework to enable unique business process and applications especially in the area of financials

SAP Special Recognition Award
Reliance Retail

– For fastest and most comprehensive deployment of SAP Retail solution across the Reliance Fresh formats, specialty stores and hypermarkets supported by logistics, distribution and human capital management

SAP Special Recognition Award
Videocon Industries Limited

– Implementing a templated SAP Best-Practices-based solution across 5 countries using global ASAP methodology within a short period of 5 months

Innovative SAP Enterprise SOA adoption Award
Asian Paints Ltd.

– For deploying solutions with Enterprise SOA to minimize the impact of vacancies on business and bring in flexibility to the strategic business initiative of home solutions.