6 March 2020

Oman Cable Industry, a success for mashfrog Group

The SAP migration project of Oman Cable Industry closes successfully and in record time. A best practice implemented by mashfrog.

The SAP model implementation project in Oman Cable Industry, a Prysmian Group subsidiary based in Muscat, Oman, and specialised in the production and sale of electrical cables, ended recently in mid-February 2020.
The company relied on mashfrog experience for implementation of the SAP model, a model that is consolidated and already widespread in the Prysmian ecosystem, and for integration of MES into SAP

The success of the operation consists not only of achieving the expected results, but also the record-breaking times recorded: 6 months instead of the 10-12 months normally required by a project of this magnitude.

The project

Oman Cable used 3 distinct management systems, Baan as ERP, MES and a cable design tool. These instruments were not inter-connected and, each time, each required data entry with significant expenditure of time and resources," according to project PM Ghaieth Guerine.
We managed implementation of the SAP model for all business processes and interfaced it with MES (Advaris).
Masfhrog Group managed to achieve the first global integration of the SAP model with MES thanks to its vast knowledge of the manufacturing world

The record times

Typically, a corporate systems migration project requires 10 to 12 months of work. The project phases generally include 2 months of GAP Analysis, 4 months for the actual implementation, 4 months of testing and training and 2 months of support for Go Live.
The migration project in Oman Cable lasted a total of 6 months: 4 months of preparation, implementation and test & training, and less than 2 months of support for Go Live which took place on 15 February. A record duration that saw the team of mashfrog consultants on-site for about 50% of the time.
The team consisted of about 30 people, 24 from mashfrog (Senior Project Lead and Junior Consultant selected through the Academy) and 5 external consultants. Two people selected on-site and full-time at the client company were also part of the team.  

The key success factors

The migration process finalised in Oman is in all respects a best practice that allowed us to identify the optimal conditions for success. Among these, explains Ghaieth Guerine:
•      A client particularly open and interested in change;
•      An experienced project team with solid SAP skills;
•      In-depth knowledge of business processes, also acquired during the preparation phase;
•      Adoption of the kernel, the standard organisational model, and the ability to guide the business in its adoption;
•      A positive relationship with the client based on trust.

The most challenging aspects

"Definitely the management of cultural differences. Oman is a country very different from ours, also in terms of the organisation of work". The main critical issues to be addressed included not only different methodologies and approaches to work, but also concrete aspects such as time zone, a working week that runs from Sunday to Thursday and the absence of remote communication tools. However, critical issues were managed and overcome thanks to a great capacity for mutual adaptation and the on-site presence of full-time resources.  

Competitive advantage

The ability to integrate different management systems, such as SAP and MES in this case, and the reduction of project times makes mashfrog Group a particularly competitive partner. In fact, these characteristics entail significant savings for the client in terms of costs, times and resources involved.