Africa’s largest manufacturer of bricks and allied building products manages fourteen factories and more than two thousand employees. They recognized the need for a robust enterprise data management solution that would seamlessly integrate with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne®.
Building a solution in-house was not a viable option as internal resources were consumed with manufacturing implementation, daily support and other strategic initiatives. Additionally, the time and resources required to understand system complexities and build a solution were cost prohibitive. The company wanted to have an archival solution in place to control their database growth and associated problems. After having considered other vendors, the company chartered Essentio with the implementation of an archival solution from beginning to end.
After considering a home-built solution, the company scoured the globe looking for "best
fit" alternatives. They selected and implemented Archivist™. "Dealing with Essentio’s
project managers and developers crossed 21 time zones," said the company’s
Business Systems Support Manager. "Yet we received better service, support and
communications from Essentio than we do for many IT projects done entirely locally
here in our headquarters in Africa."
Archiving the company’s data means more than simply storing it. "We need to be able to manage our archival data and instantly access it if required. Archivist not only tags and tracks all of our data, but it maintains the relationships between the various tables, protecting the integrity of the information." Archivist’s™ automated business rules and workflows prevent active or unreconciled data from being archived prematurely. Data tracking and approval chains ensure timely purging of data that is no longer needed. Audit trails maintain detailed records of all actions and approvals.
"Archivist™ easily reconfigures processes for the specific ways in which we do business. We’re now better able to track, manage and access our data. Without a doubt, Archivist™ helps to better organize and manage our business, and gives us peace of mind that we’re adhering to compliance requirements."