IT so­lu­tion providers are com­ing up with in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions for small tex­tile com­pa­nies. The Tirupur Ex­porters As­so­ci­a­tion (TEA), through a spe­cial ini­tia­tive called G-Tech Info So­lu­tions (man­aged by two erst­while chan­nel part­ners), col­lab­o­rated with top global ven­dors in­clud­ing Mi­crosoft, Wipro and SAP to form a com­mon cloud com­put­ing plat­form.

The cloud plat­form of­fers ERP to over 4,000 SMBs in Tirupur to au­to­mate and sim­plify pro­cesses across man­u­fac­tur­ing, lo­gis­tics, fi­nance, HR, and cus­tomer and ven­dor re­la­tion­ships.

“Pre­vi­ously, a SAP im­ple­men­ta­tion would have meant an in­vest­ment of ` 50 lakh+. The cloud model that we now use is unique, and com­pa­nies have to pay just ` 3,500 per month for the ser­vice,” says A Sak­thivel, Pres­i­dent, TEA.

“Gar­ments alone do a busi­ness of $9 bil­lion out of In­dia,” says San­jay Ku­mar Gupta, CMD, G-Tech Info So­lu­tions. “It is no big deal to in­crease ex­ports by 15 per­cent if this sys­tem is im­ple­mented in other clus­ters in the coun­try as well.”

Moin Shaikh, Di­rec­tor, In­no­va­tive Tele­com & Soft­wares, Su­rat, is fol­low­ing suit. He is plan­ning to pro­vide a cloud-based ERP, TexCloud, built on top of Mi­crosoft Azure. “Most tex­tile com­pa­nies opt for legacy soft­ware due to the pro­hib­i­tive cost of stan­dard ERP.”

In­no­va­tive will launch its cloud ERP in Septem­ber 2014. “With avail­abil­ity at just ` 500-`1,000 per node, most small and mid-sized com­pa­nies will grad­u­ate to cloud-based ERP,” Shaikh pre­dicts.

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