SADDLE BROOK, N.J. & KOLKATA, India--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Eveready Industries India Limited, the third largest producer of carbon zinc batteries in the world and Panaya, the largest ERP test and upgrades automation SaaS provider, announced today that Eveready has successfully upgraded its Oracle EBS 11.5.X platform to R12.1.3 using Panaya’s technology, saving 60% in project duration, reducing code corrections by 50% and saving tens of thousands of dollars on outsourcing costs.
Eveready, the flagship company of the B.M. Khaitan-led Williamson Magor Group, sells more than 1 billion units a year and has six manufacturing plants across India. Since 2005, Eveready has relied on Oracle's E-Business Suite (EBS) to power its operations and ensure delivery to its global customer base. The company had been running EBS 11.5.X since 2007; however, beginning in 2014, all Indian companies will need to be compliant with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), which the 11.5.X system is not. While the need for upgrading to R12 was clear, getting there was not simple at all. Testing was taking too much time and there was difficulty pinpointing which of the customized code would break in 12.1. Eveready could not afford to have system problems after the go-live so it began looking for solutions that could help.
On a fact-finding trip in June 2012, CIO Arup Choudhury learned about Panaya’s SaaS technology. The results of a demo shined a light on one of his biggest upgrade challenges: the big leap from 11.5.X to 12.1.3. The Panaya solution was able to track the customized code and document what had changed from 11i to R12. In July, Eveready signed up for a subscription and immediately began using Panaya for unit testing and code corrections. "The testing team could actually pinpoint what needed to be changed, which would have taken a long time otherwise," Choudhury said. "Our testing people were pretty impressed."
Once Panaya was brought in, the upgrade project was over in two months, cutting the projected project duration by six months – a 60 percent reduction. Panaya also saved Eveready 50 percent on code corrections, 50 percent on unit testing, and $60,000 in outsourcing costs. And because Eveready didn't need to outsource their testing and code corrections, they were able to better control the project. Said CIO Choudhury, "We would recommend that companies planning to upgrade to R12 use Panaya to ensure peace of mind and potentially save time, money, and hassle."
Eveready Industries India Limited is the flagship company of the Williamson Magor group. The carbon zinc battery operations started in 1905. Eveready has a strong distribution network consisting of 6 manufacturing plants, 6 mother warehouses, 34 child warehouses and 3600 distributors. These distributors service 3.5 million retail outlets across India. The product mix consists of Carbon Zinc battery, Flashlight, Packet tea, Luminaires (CFL, GLS, Tubes), Rechargeable and Alkaline batteries, Mobile chargers, Electronic goods. Eveready exports to markets in Africa and South east Asia under the brand name LAVA.
Panaya's software-as-a-service helps companies that use SAP or Oracle reduce 70% of their upgrade and testing risk and effort. Utilizing a cloud-based supercomputer, Panaya simulates the upcoming upgrade, automatically pinpointing which custom programs will break as a result of the upgrade, automatically ﬁxing most of these problems. Panaya's testing solutions dramatically expedite ERP testing and eliminate the need for manual test script maintenance. Seamlessly capturing business knowledge in the background, as users work with the ERP applications, Panaya automatically generates plain-English test scripts that are rapidly executed and continually self-adjust based on test results. For further information on Panaya click here:
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