Elders scrubs up supply chain with Aussie Java solution

But the software is not yet slated for use in the company's 50%-owned New Zealand operation

After a long and intensive evaluation, agribusiness group Elders Australia has selected an Australian supply-chain solution over software giants SAP and Lawson for a 12-month project worth more than A$10 million (US$8.1 million).

However, the software is not yet slated for use in the company’s 50%-owned New Zealand operation, which is yet to deploy a computer-based supply-chain system.

Elders selected Melbourne-based developer Mid-Comp International over more than 100 competing systems to replace its previous system which was more than 10 years old.

Elders’ IT general manager, Chris Ferguson, says the company had “big issues” with the previous system which had outblown its functionality.

Ferguson will not identify the product or vendor of the company’s previous system but says Elders undertook an exhaustive assessment of the market before final selection. He says that took nine months before going to tender in August last year.

In the first cut, Elders identified 110 possible candidates, which were reduced to 16 and finally three vendors, before selecting Mid-Comp’s Odyssey supply chain and corporate accounting solution.

With 420 Elders locations across the country, Ferguson says the new system will be used by up to 800 users per day.

“We were impressed by Odyssey’s underlying technology and application architecture. We are considering the software to service other aspects of our enterprise-wide IT agenda,” he says.

Ferguson says the cost of the project, which will be rolled out within 12 months, includes software, maintenance, customisation and a pilot.

“The biggest cost was retraining staff across a highly dispersed network,” he says.

Mid-Comp CEO, Steve Bridges, says Odyssey is one of the world’s largest pure Java commercial systems. “For an unheralded Aussie software company to bump off giants of the calibre of SAP and Lawson on a level playing field confirms our belief that Odyssey represents a new enterprise level application software,” he says.

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