JBA wins deal with Astre

JBA wins deal with Astre

One of Australia's largest IBM resellers, JBA International, has won a multimillion dollar deal to help Astre Automotive achieve year 2000 compliance and improve its IT infrastructure.

Dubbed Project Quest 2000, the four million dollar contract will include JBA's Y2K compliant System 21 enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution.

As Australia's largest car import and distributor group, Astre chose System 21 software after a lengthy tender process that involved presentations, evaluation, site visits and reference checks.

Evolutionary success

"The system, running on IBM's AS/400 platform, is an evolutionary successor to Business 400 software," Richard Kulkarni, sales director of JBA International, told ARN.

"It uses JBA Envisage and JBA Objects to extract information from an IBM data warehouse, and comprises financial, logistics, customer service, vehicle system and workshop warranty management applications.

"These will allow Astre to conduct all their day-to-day business, including orders and purchases of cars and car parts, distribution of warranty information to dealers and the RTA, banking, and the like, via the Internet."

Leveraging its expertise as an IBM reseller, JBA is also integrating IBM Visual Warehouse and Lotus Notes/Domino messaging and groupware as part of the system, which is designed to provide Astre with a total data storage, business intelligence processing and electronic business solution.

"Astre needs to be able to store and process product, customer and dealer information, as well as examine electronic commerce options for the future," Darryl Hughes, management accounting manager at Astre, explained.

"This is critical to our business, as we want to be able to track our customers from 'the cradle to the grave'."

System 21 was chosen because of its flexibility and cost effectiveness and of JBA's ability to integrate the solution with the company's legacy systems, according to Astre officials.

Project Quest 2000 is currently in the first phase of implementation and is expected to be completed by June 1999.

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