Founded in 1957, our client is one of the foremost agricultural and specialty formulators and distributors in the United States. Products and services offered include Crop Protection Products, Fertilizer and Fertilizer Application Services, Specialized Nutrients, Seed and Seed Treatments, Financial Services, and Precision Agricultural Services and Software. The client also offers its line of products — Adjuvants, Bioscience, Branded Fertilizers, Nutritionals, Seed Treatments and Value-Added Products. It is headquartered outside of Memphis in Collierville, Tennessee. Across the country, it has over 450 branch locations, as well as division offices.
Business Situation
The client was looking out for upgrading their Oracle E-Business Suite from R12.1.3 to R12.2.7 as a part of their ERP modernization initiative. Their existing modules comprised GL, AP, AR, FA, CM, FA, PO, INV, OM, OPM, WMS, etc. The client wanted to leverage the new functionalities and features offered in the new version and retain the remaining existing functionalities while doing away with redundancies.
Project Highlights
Industry: Agri and speciality formulators and distributors
  • Application upgrade from 12.1.3 to 12.2.7
  • Used proprietary tools for identifying and retrofitting impacted custom objects
  • Triggers were replaced with newly available Business Events
  • 4 upgrade iterations to ensure smooth cutover and zero surprises
  • Snap back up during upgrade to reduce downtime
Revenue: $500+ Million USD
Employees: 4,000+
Geographic Location: United States
Birlasoft Solution
A like to like upgrade was delivered in all offshore model given low project complexity on account of a limited number of code changes. The upgrade project was delivered with four upgrade iterations to ensure smooth cutover. Triggers were replaced with newly available business events. A new patching methodology was adopted. Snap back-up during upgrade to reduce downtime with backout plan was executed.
  • Overall savings of about 30% for the entire upgrade initiative
  • Go-Live cutover completed 17 hours ahead of schedule
  • DB and apps Health Monitoring script setup in IBM AIX to automate existing manual processes
  • Significantly reduced downtime with no impact on business
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