National Tiles & Block Co. Ltd., one of the largest manufacturers of tiles, concrete pacing blocks, and concrete masonry building blocks, today announced that it has phased out its older IT systems and is deploying Focus RT, the real-time enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution from Focus Softnet. According to the company, the deployment of Focus RT will lead to reduced production planning times, quicker response to market changes, and increased levels of efficiency.
The company has been producing such tiles and concrete blocks since 1977, at its facility located on the outskirts of Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE. “After completing successful three decades, today National Tiles & Block has become an integral part of the economic growth in UAE. It is also a pioneer and leader in the field of concrete products and having more than 450 dedicated employees,” explains Mr. Abdullah, Director, National Tiles & Block.
In the face of a high rate of growth, several variations in the production line, the need for shorter production cycles, and the need for aggressive pricing strategies, the company began to debate the need for an ERP package. The company, however, did not look for a short-term solution by cutting down fixed cost components such as labour.
"We clearly wanted a single software package that could take care of all areas of our business processes such as production, accounts, materials, sales and distribution, and pricing. The solution should have the ability to scale up as required, and yet stay focused on helping the organisation grow,” adds Mr. Abdullah. “Moving up the value chain is something that can happen independent of IT in an organisation. But IT has to enable it very strongly. The backend should be able to support the value-addition process and consequent business changes.”
National Tiles & Block considered using an ERP solution based on the strength of its manufacturing solution, the vendor's support infrastructure and future scalability of the solution. It chose to go with Focus RT, which is a Real Time ERP solution that seamlessly integrates all facets of the business, including planning, manufacturing, finance, sales, marketing and HR. Focus RT also flawlessly combines the functionalities of Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Focus RT, which is completely modular and scalable software, helps increase productivity and reduce costs thus paving the way for increased revenues.
“Focus RT is user-friendly and easy-to-customize and is perhaps the only ERP solution that passes on the reins, tools and know-how of addressing change to the user,” says Mr. Ali Hyder, CEO at Focus Softnet. “The in-built Report Designer and facility for attaching External Report Writers and Applications, through the advanced Voucher Wizard and Document Setup Guide, allow authorized users to create or alter any number and type of vouchers and thereafter align them into any desired workflow. We are confident National Tiles & Block will see huge benefits and cost savings in their manufacturing and business processes by using Focus RT.”
In addition to the its feature rich ERP solutions – Focus RT, Focus Softnet also develops Streamline CRM, Focus6 – the mid-market accounting solution, Service Management System and Academic Records Management System (ARMS) that covers entire administration modules for academic institutes.
About Focus Softnet
Focus Softnet, which commenced operations in 1992, has a strong global presence with offices that deliver a comprehensive range of products and services. With its International Headquarter in Dubai Internet City and with offices across the G.C.C, Focus has a well established infrastructure and an excellent management team. The solutions developed by Focus Softnet are business driven technologies that have been developed in constant consultation with functional and management experts from the industry. Their wide range of products and the modules within them - help seamlessly integrate a wide range of customer requirements. These solutions minimize information bottlenecks and Focus Softnet is always at the clients' service to customise them in keeping with the organisations overall vision and strategy. Major markets of Focus are India, Middle East and Far East. In Middle East, Focus has 10 offices covering entire GCC, Iran and Yemen. Focus6 is the mid-market accounting solution with over 1500 customers in UAE and over 2500 customers in the Middle East.