Giving a peek into its highly automated set up, V Srinivas, CIO, Nagarjuna
Fertilizers and Chemicals says, "In order to connect our geographically
dispersed sales and marketing teams, we have decided to roll out an in-house
developed mobility application for connecting the teams to our central
application." The Hyderabad based company has been operational since 1985, and
is the flagship company of Nagarjuna Group with an asset base of around Rs 21 bn.
The last one year has been hectic for Srinivas as an in-house mobility
application was being developed graduating from PDA based solution to a mini
laptop based system. Earlier we were using SMS based application with online
integration to SAP; however the sales team was facing issues with push and pull.
Apart from difficulty in submitting relevant sales information; extracting
information from the central application was also proving to be cumbersome.
Therefore, it was decided to equip the salesforce and logistics team with
mini laptops equipped with data cards. Thus, connecting them to the central
application resulted in improving the efficiency of the salesforce and reducing
V Srinivas, CIO, Nagarjuna
We have fully automated our canteen coupon system moving
Another interesting deployment done by NFCL is the Canteen Automation System
for automating the canteen coupon usage. With more than a thousand employees on
its premises, issuance of canteen coupons is a mammoth task. Earlier each coupon
issued had to be manually kept track of as payments to the canteen operator were
issued according to the coupons being used.
Quips Srinivas, "Last year we fully automated our canteen coupon system
moving on from barcode cards to biometric/RFID cards issued to employees. These
biometric cards are issued to all visitors to our site including our employees,
and they can be used for attendance management as well as swiping in the
canteen. Every time a card is swiped, this is debited to our accounts
Virtualizing the Cloud
Technology has become a core component of the business strategy at NFCL,
since fertilizer is a controlled sector and one needs to constantly look at ways
to increase the bottomline.
For instance, NFCL has gone ahead with virtualization moving from fifty
servers to only two blade servers. "We are perhaps the only fertilizer company
to have deployed different types of virtualization. We can see clear cost
benefits after this deployment in terms of power saving of up to 30%," adds
NFCL also has its private cloud for its Intranet based application, wherein
daily production reports along with MIS reports generated is posted online.
Employees too can access a host of applications including online PF application
forms for applying for PF loans, etc.
Divulging details about their future initiatives, Srinivas says, "We are now
looking at entering the GIS/GPS space and integrating some of the web 2.0
applications with it. In addition to this, we will also be automating our
logistics related supplier relationship modules for connecting all our suppliers