A.M. Castle Implements Oracle 11i in Shanghai, China
By partnering with IT Convergence, A.M. Castle rolled out a multi-module, multi-language instance of Oracle E-Business Suite in China.
Founded in 1890, A. M. Castle & Co. is a global distributor of specialty metal and plastic products and supply chain services, principally serving the producer durable equipment, oil and gas, commercial aircraft, heavy equipment, industrial goods, construction equipment, retail, marine and automotive sectors of the global economy. A.M. Castle specializes in the distribution of alloy and stainless steels; nickel alloys; aluminum and carbon. Through its subsidiary Total Plastics, Inc., the Company also distributes a broad range of value-added industrial plastics.
A.M. Castle was facing a common challenge of operating both in China and USA: in terms of item mapping, the same item would have different codes in each country. A.M. Castle China did not have full control of the mapping project management and were dependent on their team in the US. However, the US team was suffering from high turnover rates, which ultimately affected their ability to perform the necessary Data Conversion and item cross referencing, thus delaying the Chinese project. A.M Castle decided to partner with IT Convergence in China because of the ample experience of its consultants in implementation projects and the efficient proposal it offered at reasonable a cost.
IT Convergence begun this Oracle EBS 11i rollout project by late April and finished it within 5 months. The implementation included the deployment of Oracle’s localization for China in order to comply with local statutory regulations and the modules: AP, AR, GL, COST, SO, PO, Pricing, INV, QA, BOM, WIP, WMS, and ASC. IT Convergence assigned a total of 4 consultants to the project, including 1 technical resource, and provided support after go-live as well as end-user training of key staff members in A.M. Castle.