plantERM, a comprehensive solution developed for the plantations industry by Aitken Spence Technologies (Pvt) Ltd., won the Gold Award competing in the category of General Applications, at the recently concluded (NBQSA) 2013.
NBQSA is an annual event organized by the British Computer Society (BCS), The Chartered Institute for IT Sri Lanka Section, and serves to showcase and benchmark Sri Lankan ICT products, under sixteen commercial categories, in this globally competitive era.
plantERM, which pitched against seven other solutions in its category at NBQSA, is an end-to-end solution covering, field, human resources, factory, supply-chain, marketing, financials, consolidation and KPI management of plantation operations. The solution supports multi-location, multi-tier, multi-crop and multi-currency operations and is flexible and modular to support operations of any scale and size.
General Manager (Operations) of Aitken Spence Technologies Mr. Jayantha Jayamanna, the chief architect of the solution said, “Looking back, I believe the time we spent in the field, working with our associates from plantations, including consultants, auditors and industry leaders is what made our solution rich while maintaining simplicity, and hence acceptable to the industry”.
plantERM, which was launched into the market in July 2012, already boasts of one total deployment at Elpitiya Plantations PLC covering head office together with 13 estate and 19 factory locations that include tea, rubber and oil palm crops.
“plantERM is based on mature Open Source technologies such as Java, Linux and PostgreSQL, which has helped us to maintain, user, application and data security, flexibility and a much lower TCO than competitor offerings” said Dr. Vickum Senanayake, General Manager (Sales & Marketing) of Aitken Spence Technologies.
“By offering the solution as a SaaS (Software as a Service) on-cloud as well as on premise, we are better equipped to address the industry’s requirement for a scalable and cost effective solution, while minimizing the investment risks of our clients”, he added.
plantERM was also nominated by British Computer Society (BCS) The Chartered Institute for IT Sri Lanka Section, to be part of the Sri Lankan delegation competing in the Industrial Applications category at the Asia Pacific Information Communication Technology Alliance (APICTA) 2013 Awards, in Hong Kong.
Speaking on the occasion, Director of Aitken Spence Group Ltd. and Aitken Spence Technologies (Pvt) Ltd., Mr. Dinesh Mendis said, “It gives us pride that our able and dedicated team has achieved significant recognition within such a short time frame. We are convinced that we will be able to establish plantERM in the regional and global plantations industry. We have already made a few key initiatives through collaborative engagements, and are confident, will bear fruit over the next six months to a year”.