Elders replaces 10 year old supply chain with local Java solution

Project tops $10 million

After a long and intensive evaluation, Agribusiness group Elders Ltd has selected an Australian supply chain solution over software giants SAP and Lawson to undertake a 12 month project worth more than $10 million.

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, said the company had "big issues" with the previous system which had outblown its functionality.

Ferguson did not identify the product or vendor of the previous system but said the company did an exhaustive assessment of the market before final selection.

He said Elders did a nine month investigation prior to going to tender in August last year.

In the first cut, he had identified 110 possible candidates, which was reduced to 16 and finally three vendors, before selecting the Odyssey supply chain and corporate accounting solution.

With 420 Elders locations across the country, Ferguson said 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 said.

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

"The biggest cost was retraining staff across a highly dispersed network," he said.

Mid-Comp CEO, Steve Bridges, said Odyssey is one of the world's largest pure Java commercial systems.

Bridges said the solution is platform independent and fully scalable, and provides full financial processing, inventory management, sales and distribution.

"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 said.

"Odyssey delivers a 21st century strategic weapon at a fraction of the conventional cost."

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