Malay-language publisher Karangkraf opts for Epicor ERP
By Digital News Asia June 22, 2016
- Malaysian company has 20 magazines titles, popular Malay daily Sinar Harian
- Moving from inhouse-developed system sped up data compilation and analysis
EPICOR Software Corp has announced that Karangkraf Media Group has chosen the Epicor ERP (enterprise resource planning) to help increase its efficiency and gain increased visibility across the business.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Established in 1978, Karangkraf is the largest publisher in Malaysia, with four key business groups, 20 magazines titles, and the fastest growing Malay daily, Sinar Harian, Epicor said in a statement.
Karangkraf’s printing division, known as Ultimate Print, initially deployed a print-specific ERP solution in 1990. As it continued to expand, it found that the system became increasingly irrelevant, so decided to implement a homegrown system developed by its inhouse IT personnel, according to Epicor.
As Karangkraf grew from an RM10-million to an RM200-million business, the company required a business solution which could enable it to adhere to a higher level of operational standards and support its continued expansion plans. [RM1 = US$0.24 at current rates]
“We experienced significant growth over the past few years, and needed an ERP solution that would improve efficiency and complement our expanding business needs,” said Karangkraf chief operating officer Syamil Fahim Mohamed Fahim.
“We selected Epicor ERP because of its compelling features that build on efficiency, reliability and mobility,” he said in the statement issued by Epicor.
“We are now empowered with the tools to enable us to make precise and well informed decisions as we can access real-time data from all three departments on site or on mobile devices,” he added.
A few months after implementing Epicor ERP, Karangkraf worked out that it had saved the equivalent of 50 working days when it came to compiling and analysing data, and saved about RM80,000 compared to its inhouse system, according to Epicor.
With a more efficient and disciplined business management system in place, Ultimate Print can gain detailed insight into its business processes at the push of a button. Business data is now organised consistently and accessible at any time.
“With Epicor ERP we are able to help Karangkraf streamline business processes and improve operational efficiency,” said Epicor International executive vice president Sabby Gill (pic).
“This will enable the team to gain great visibility into their business and support their growth strategy,” he added.
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