Birlasoft helps Martin Marietta modernize its ERP and position itself for future growth
In the decade leading up to 2012, Martin Marietta, a construction materials company based in Raleigh, North Carolina, had experienced an average growth rate of nearly eight percent inannual earnings. The company by then had grown to nearly 5,000 employees with US$2.1 billion in yearly revenue.
Dana Guzzo, Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Chief Information Officer for the company, realized that the company needed a modernized Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform to keep up with and continue this growth. Guzzo decided that upgrading its current platform, Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 8.0, to Release 9.1 would enable the company to scale appropriately.
"It was important for us to modernize the platform," says Guzzo. "For the company in general, it was imperative for us to become current, since we hadn't performed a major upgrade in a decade."
The company needed a modernized ERP platform to keep up with and continue this growth.
To complete the task, Guzzo turned to Jason Botts, Vice President of Information Technology at Martin Marietta, to lead the implementation. Specific modern features in the new version were also needed. Employees needed direct access to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne through the internet, and through different mobile devices. "At the time," says Botts, "we were tied to offline notification communication, and approvals within JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, and that was particularly challenging." To complete a purchase approval, for example, "someone had to notify the approver that there was an approval pending, and then that person had to find a computer and come in through a virtual desktop to run the approval."
"Birlasoft's complete understanding of our industry and Supply Chain Optimization allowed my team to drive transformational change in how Martin Marietta Materials does business specifically around purchasing and transportation."
Dana Guzzo Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer & Chief Information Officer
Dana Guzzo
Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer & Chief Information Officer,
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A Modern ERP
IT executives at Martin Marietta selected Oracle Platinum Partner Birlasoft to support the JD Edwards Enterprise One upgrade due to the firm's specialization in JD Edwards and its reputation of superior work in the industry. Birlasoft started by organizing design workshops assisting Martin Marietta to identify, analyze, map, and validate newer JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 functionalities. This enabled Martin Marietta to keep the functionalities that were important to them and to leverage new functionalities such as new mobility solutions available in JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1. The final cutover was seamlessly executed over the weekend without any disruption to the business. The end results have been well worth the effort. According to Botts, "A key benefit that's been realized is a platform that allows us to scale. We are better positioned for growth with this solution. And that has always been a concern."
A key benefit that's been realized is a platform that allows us to scale.
Botts says that extending purchase orders to mobile devices and through ordinary internet connections has also been a huge advantage: "Now it's right in our users' hands. They can be any place in the field, in the quarry, in their office. They can even be on vacation and receive the approval through email, click a link, and complete a purchase order approval."
A True Partner Throughout the Upgrade
For Botts, Birlasoft was essential to the success of the upgrade. "From start to finish, Birlasoft was with us hand in hand. Even through the go-live weekend, we had Birlasoft resources on premises with us 24 hours a day, seven days a week."
The partnership with Birlasoft has grown as a result of the upgrade. "We've looked at other ways that Birlasoft can support us," says Botts. "Birlasoft established a foundation of knowledge around our culture, our business process, and our technology, and we've seen opportunities to take advantage of that familiarity."
Baljeet Chhazal, Birlasoft 's senior vice president and global head of Birlasoft 's Oracle Business Unit, says, "Working with Martin Marietta was a prime example of how we work with our customers in a one-team approach. We specialize in providing value beyond the project. With our expertise in Oracle and our in-depth understanding of our customers' industries and business, we are able to become their strategic partner."
"From start to finish Birlasoft was with us Hand in hand."
Jason Botts, Vice President of IT
Jason Botts
Vice President of IT
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The Birlasoft Edge
Birlasoft is an industry-focused partner to manufacturing, supply chain, automotive, and energy companies. An Oracle Platinum Partner with 20-plus Oracle Specializations of which five are Advanced, Birlasoft delivers a combination of industry experience and Oracle knowledge that brings unsurpassed expertise in Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne; Oracle E-Business Suite; Oracle's Agile applications; and Oracle's master data management, value chain planning, value chain execution, transportation management, warehouse management, big data, and global support applications. Birlasoft , in partnership with Oracle, provides a JD Edwards ERP software suite of pre-integrated applications with extensive core, operational, and industry-specific functionality. We provide multiple deployment options such as on premises, appliance, or cloud, and our experts deliver end-to-end services for JD Edwards including implementation, post-implementation, upgrades, migration, testing, and global rollouts. For over three decades in 77 countries, Birlasoft hasplayed a major role in the success of many notable JD Edwards client implementations. Birlasoft 's industry knowledge, proprietary tools, and methodologies, refined and matured over years of close engagement with large, global enterprises, help customers drive maximum value for their business."
"We specialize in providing value beyond the project. With our expertise in Oracle and our in-depth understanding of our customers’ industries and business, we are able to become their strategic partner."
Baljeet Chhazal Senior Vice President, Birlasoft  Technologies Ltd.
Baljeet Chhazal
Senior Vice President, Birlasoft
Birlasoft 's Solutions around JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
  • 3PL Integration with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
  • Oracle Business Intelligence Applications/Procurement and Spend Adapter for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
  • Fuel Retail Solution for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
  • Invoice Processing Solution for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Financial Management
  • SOA Assessment Pack for JD Edwardse Enterprise
  • Upgrade Assessment Pack (UPA)
  • iLink Adapter for Agile PLM Integration with JD Edwards
*This article was originally published in the JD Edwards 2014 Special edition of Oracle Profit