Wednesday, March 27, 2013

SAP BANGLADESH - The most prospect sector.

SAP in Bangladesh

SAP BANGLADESH – The most prospect sector.
  • ·         SAP BANGLADESH - SAP in Garments/Cloths/Fashion/outfit/Apparels sector which is main focus area.
  • ·         SAP BANGLADESH - SAP can be implemented within your reach around $ 0.5 million (license + Hardware + Implementation Partner) *
  • ·         SAP BANGLADESH - SAP can be implemented within very controlled time by perfect plan.
  • ·        SAP BANGLADESH -SAP can control this sector of business to make it stable.

Last few months I am having a question in my mind which becomes a must to express and discuss. Some facts those can’t be avoided but can be controlled. Are you confused what I am telling? Please don’t be, I explaining my areas of confusion. Let’s take an example; Bangladesh is a small country which is just raising her head in world economy. Bangladesh is well known in clothing manufacturing. Asia is the source of clothing manufacturing. Here China is the world’s largest exporter of clothing, marking up more than $150bn in exports in 2011 and Bangladesh ranks second at this sector by exporting about $20bn – that represents around 80 percent of all its exports. Here India is also behind Bangladesh by exporting $14.5bn. And Bangladesh strength is even growing because of its cheap labor and maintenance. And China’s market is squeezing because opposite rising of labor cost. But I have a question. Is Bangladesh really prepared for this growth or planning how to make this growth stable and fight in the world market. If the industry can export $20bn than there must be a huge planning for stabilize it first and than keep the accelerate pressing. Bangladesh is having about 5400 BGMEA listed factories. You can get all data from BGMEA web site

As I am not a Garments expert so here I will discuss only the control can be achieve by the ERP software. We all know the benefits of ERP software, as the fortune 500 companies use ERP for their business control and maximize revenue. All major ERP software is having Textile or clothing industry solution. Among them I will discuss only about SAP Apparel and Footwear (SAP AFS) as SAP BANGLADESH. SAP AFS is inbuilt in SAP ECC. You can find more details at SAP (Click here)
For your information I like to share that SAP is the world’s largest ERP vendor with market leading of 22% share in ERP market (Source: Panorama Consulting) So let’s focus what are the benefits can be ensured by SAP ERP for this industry:

SAP BANGLADESH - The SAP AFS Solution Benefits:
  • ·         Customer/consumer service can be improved to meet the needs.
  • ·         The must improvement in reducing inventory and capital investment risks.
  • ·         The ability to handle sizes (grids)
  • ·         Ability to categorize products based on their common features (like country importing the goods, quality grade of the product)
  • ·         Moreover can be boosting the organizations skill to respond to moving desires.
  • ·         Handling materials in sizes is a special requirement in the apparel and footwear industry. This is achieved with AFS Grid functionality.
  • ·         The organization will be able to more faster on generate requirements to execute the orders.
  • ·         The smooth controlled procurement process to monitoring the shortfall during the life cycle of the order
  • ·         Now more efficient and monitored and planned  manufacturing process
  • ·         Import and export related events have been linked.
  • ·         Can be handle the complicated SKU variants associated with clothing and footwear industry for handling procurement, production and distribution.
  • ·         Can be monitor scenarios of discrete and cognitive manufacturing
  • ·         Easily and effectively handling of subcontracted orders and specific outsourcing scenarios
  • ·         Enhance report for keeping track of delivery commitments and work-in-process goods
  • ·         Continuous exertion to avoid broken ranges and have near-real-time synchronization between stocks at stores and dispatch plans
  • ·         Can be easily identified and manage of tracking non-moving or slow moving stock and implementing an effective replenishment strategy.

These all the service can be handle by the ERP for these industries (SAP in Bangladesh):
  • ·         Weaving & Spinning 
  • ·         Sewing
  • ·         Dyeing 
  • ·         Knitted Products 
  • ·         Textile based subsidiary Industries serving to Apparel makers 
  • ·         Small accessories to Textiles like Narrow strips, Embroidered strips etc.

The modules can be offered for Apparel / Garments are:

  •          Financial Accounting (FI)
  •          Sales & Distribution (SD)                   
  •          Controlling (CO)
  •          Materials Management (MM)
  •          Production Planning (PP)
  •          Quality Management (QM)
  •         Plant Maintenance (PM)
  •     Human Resource Management (HCM) and Payroll.

And last but not in the list:
·         The resource of SAP or SAP consultants are available more than any other ERP in Bangladesh. 

As far my knowledge SAP is implemented in Bangladesh at this sector not more than 5%. So a huge field to work with and make this sector stable with salable control and world class solution monitoring.

I also know lots of companies are in confusion of taking SAP for its process and implementation approach. But believe me you can get SAP in Bangladesh implemented within your very range, please discuss with SAP Experts in Bangladesh before taking any decision for ERP, as they can guide you about the cost and the controlled implementation success SAP in Bangladesh. Don’t get frightened for the data and idea you will get from the marketing people of SAP in Bangladesh. And please be specific for your scope and don’t try BIG BANG approach for the implementation of SAP in Bangladesh, you can achieve your goal but you have to spend time. It’s not plug n play it’s all about your business re-engineering. For more help visit: Association of SAP professionals in Bangladesh

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N.B: I apologies if anyone got hurt by any unconscious means of my writing. I am not a garments expert. I am an EPR expert and want to analysis its implement sector to explore the truth behind the ERP implementation. All data presented here are based on personal analysis.

* This is an average assumption with limited number of license and perfect implementation planning. I will write another blog regarding this in details steps including plan, Step by step implementation, choose hardware and also for AMC (Annual Maintenance Cost Plan)

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

SAP Consultant in Bangladesh

SAP Consultant in Bangladesh
As SAP has in the Bangladesh market for more than 14 years. And it has grown remarkably fast in last decade. I have done a research in Bangladesh market that if more than 50 companies are now using SAP than there should be a strong support of consultants. I had lots of chat with SAP partners about Bangladesh resource or SAP consultant in Bangladesh for SAP and its opportunities. If this 50 companies depend on the local consultants than there must be dependable consultants already in the market among them lots are SAP certified consultants. 
Let’s have a small analysis, if every companies having at least 5 consultants in their ERP support team than the number will be 200, you may disagree with my opinion that those 200 consultants are not SAP expert or experienced enough to do another implementation. I agree with you, and for sake of argument let’s say 10 to 20 percent of those consultants are not experienced enough, so remain 80 percent of 200 that is about 160 consultants can do implementation. Now I have got 160 consultants in Bangladesh for SAP implementation. But I have a different view as well, among we have implemented SAP with partner, we have also experienced that most of the partners put 15 to 20 percent fresh consultants in their implementation project most of them are very new to this area not having functional as well as SAP experience, basically they are helping the senior consultants. So, this kind of trick we can also do with our local consultants.

Recently we have tried to find out how many of the SAP consulates having confidence for a new implementation and found very positive approach among the people, I have attended the last seminar of “Association of SAP Professionals in Bangladesh” which having about 160 members from over 40 SAP clients all over Bangladesh, and found that lots of consultants blaming the local management for not giving opportunities. So resource is there for move with the biggest ERP vendor in the world.

I have discussed with top 5 successful SAP clients and their responsible person about their plan and resource. 90% of them agreed that the local SAP Expert team can give them support and there is very rare that those companies are going for foreign support contacts. They all emphasis to build local resource more to have the market stable.

Once one of my colleague put an interesting question to me" How many certified consultants Bangladesh have to do the SAP implementation and make it successful" Hmmm. good point! i asked Why you look for certified consultants for the job ? i have shared my real life experience with him and now shearing with all. "I had arranged an interview for to recruit SAP consultants expert for my new implementation project, and found some certified interviewee so i got more interest, in interview session i was trying the find the knowledge level of both functional and configuration level for my project. i have asked a question if raw material is entering to my store what will be the accounting entry, but unfortunately one of the certified consultant (related to that module) couldn't answer the same, i got more interest and keep asking him the configuration level question fom CO-PA, AP, AR etc, every answer was negative, i couldn't control myself rather asking him how and why he did the certification. The participant agreed his lacking and told that he did the certification as he got some suggestion to do that though he doesn't have the functional or practical knowledge or even SAP "   So point is to be noted that to do the SAP Implementation experiance and expertise is needed in real life its not mandatory to have SAP Certified Consultants. But the main important person is needed is the experienced Project Manager who can plan for the initial preparation before the project start.

I will discuss how the ability of a project manager can change the project toads success.  

Saturday, March 23, 2013

SAP Bangladesh on Media - SAP Professionals for Cutting Maintenance Costs

Friday, March 22, 2013

SAP Companies in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh ERP Market is growing very fast, last 3 to 4 years SAP has faster growth rate. There are about 50 local and foreign companies use SAP in Bangladesh. Here is the list of SAP using companies in Bangladesh as bellow:

  1. ACI Logistic
  2. Bangladesh Bank
  3. Bangladesh Edible Oilt Ltd
  4. BASF
  5. Bashundhara Group
  6. British American Toabacco
  7. Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited
  8. Butterfly-LG Bangladesh
  9. CEAT Bangladesh
  10. Ceragem bangladesh Ltd
  11. Coats BD
  12. Erricsson
  13. Gemcon
  14. House of Pearl fashions ltd
  15. Incepta Pharmaceuticals Ltd
  16. Karnaphuli Fertilizer Company Ltd (KAFCO)
  17. Lynde Bangladesh
  18. Marks Spencer
  19. MGH
  20. Nestle Bangladesh
  21. Novertis
  22. Otobi
  23. Partex
  24. Pedrollo
  25. Perffeti
  26. Rahimafrooz
  27. ROBI
  28. Samung
  29. Sanofi Bangladesh Limited
  30. Santa Group
  31. SAP India
  32. Siemens
  33. South China Bleaching & Dyeing Factory Ltd.
  34. Square
  35. Uilever
  36. Ultratech Cement
  37. Unique Group
  38. Viyellatex
  39. Young one

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