Technology Solutions for Bidco Oil Company, Kenya

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Technology integration solution for Bidco Oil Company in Kenya Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Customer Solution Case Study Oil Manufacturer Enhances Productivity Through Portal Integration and Collaboration Overview Country or Region: Kenya Industry: Manufacturing Customer Profile Bidco Oil Refineries Ltd headquartered in Thika Kenya is the largest manufacturer and distributor of high-quality edible oils fats margarine soaps and detergents in the East and southern African regions. Business Situation Bidco Oil had an intranet solution that did not deliver the required collaboration and integration the company was seeking particularly in light of the rapid expansion the company was achieving. Solution Bidco migrated to Microsoft® Windows ServerTM 2003 Exchange Server 2003 and Microsoft Office Basic Edition 2003 to enable better integration of the entire infrastructure with Microsoft Office SharePoint® Portal Server 2003 providing the collaborative properties the company sought to improve productivity across the distributed enterprise. Benefits  Improved integration  Enhanced accessibility to information  Quicker deployment  Reduced IT management costs “Like every other business we wanted to improve the performance of our infrastructure while at the same time decreasing our total cost of ownership.” Vishnu Sankaran Group Team Leader Information Communication Technology Bidco Oil Refineries Ltd Established in 1985 and with yearly sales in the region of US128 million Bidco Oil Refineries manufactures and distributes high-quality edible oils fats margarine soaps and detergents. The company has four factories: edible oils based in Nakuru production of edible fats and soap with a factory in Thika near Nairobi Kenya a newly opened factory in Dar es Salaam Tanzania and Jinja in Uganda which is East Africa’s biggest oil refinery. As a large distributed enterprise manufacturing mass goods Bidco was operating with a standard intranet solution with limited functionality. While the intranet solution enabled enterprise-wide distribution and access of information it lacked the enhanced collaborative functions that the company sought. Requiring an advanced technology solution to integrate all its applications and data sources across the intranet to improve productivity collaboration and accessibility for employees Bidco turned to Microsoft for a suitable business solution. Situation Bidco Oil Refineries Limited is engaged in the manufacture and distribution of high quality edible oils fats margarine soaps and detergents. The company features three factories in the East Africa region including a newly opened factory in Dar es Salaam Tanzania which is East Africa’s biggest oil refinery to date. Bidco was utilizing a custom-made intranet solution to manage and provide enterprise-wide information. While this gave stakeholders access to information and applications the company found that the solution was encountering difficulty handling the organisation’s increased growth and capacity—particularly following its expansion into Tanzania. The company’s geographical and financial growth had led to an increasingly distributed environment resulting in considerable demands for collaboration within the organisation. Group Team Leader Information Communication Technology at Bidco Vishnu Sankaran adds “The installed solution was not particularly user friendly and most importantly we were encountering difficulties integrating our applications particularly Active Directory®.” This difficulty in integrating applications was hampering critical deployment and maintenance of infrastructure leading to escalating support maintenance and management costs of the IT infrastructure. “Like every other business we wanted to improve the performance of our infrastructure while at the same time decreasing our total cost of ownership. For Bidco this required that our infrastructure be simplified to enable faster deployment of applications and information across...
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