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.