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All that I ever learned about ERP

All that I ever learned about ERP

Come to think it, I have learned a lot from my work than my academic studies. When academic studies taught me to pass exams learning from my work experience, taught me to live.

Sitting at a CEO’s chair and looking back at the paths that I have crossed and looking ahead of the long ways that to be crossed before I reach my destination, I must say, I am fortunate enough to learn many things that once thought never possible.

My first job in the IT industry was with Global Systems and Technologies (GST), way back in 1991. Understanding the user’s requirement, designing the requirements, creating tables and databases, coding, compiling the codes, testing application, training and implementation was the job that have been carried at Global Systems and Technologies. Computer programming was my passion.  It was a time when a handful of people choose to be Computer programmer. In GST I was the only programmer, developed bunch of software applications, including accounting package called “Quick Accounts” and some others.

My office was located in the Fort Area, Mumbai. It takes one hour 20 minutes journey from Dombivli, where I stay, to reach then Bombay Victoria Terminus, today’s Mumbai Chhatrapathi Shivaji Terminus. (I don’t know why Mr Bal Thackeray has no objection to the word Terminus).  I used to catch 7.36 a.m. Kalyan local and reach VT (sorry CST) around 9 a.m.

A walk between 10 and 15 minutes and I reach in office. By 9.30 I start my work. My work schedules normally starts with onsite visits or else just sit and write codes. It was always a long working hours. When I finish a day’s work it will be 11:30 pm, almost 15 hours on work.My boss, Mr. Arif Mithani, also the owner, had a habit of making a visit around 10.00 p.m. and review my project work. I must admit my extended working hours helped me to learn more. It was truly an experience that has helped me to build my confidence. And once you have learned and also become confident, you must move out. I have done that.

Second job was with Afternoon Despatch and Courier, then a leading evening daily in Mumbai, edited by late Mr. Behram Contractor popularly known as Busybee. It was a tabloid publication. I was the only programmer and when I joined the company had only one computer, an IBM PC AT XT. As air-conditioned area was considered to be unavoidable for computers and the only air-conditioned place in the whole office was CEO Mrs. Farzana Contractor’s cabin, I was forced to use a corner of her cabin as my work place.

The company had all manual working system, Advertisement scheduler used to schedule advertisement in a manual register. After the ad was released, billing department used to create manual handwritten bill, bill was submitted to the accounts, accounts was maintaining more than 20 different registers, chief accountant Mr. Nivelle Mistry used to make manual entries in the respective ledgers of the invoices, expenses. Generating Balance sheet, Balance sheet and P&L used to take at least 30 days.

Circulation billing was done manually. Since nobody there knew programming concept, I had the full freedom to start from wherever I wish to. I started with Advertisement Scheduling System.  It took about 3 months for me to complete.  Mr. Manoj Parmar, the scheduler was trained and since then the scheduling was computerized. Immediately upon completion of Scheduling System, I took Billing department project. Lily Elavia was the in-charge of Billing module. Within a month I have completed Billing and went live. I think, among all the publications then, ADC was the first one to come up with computerized billing. Billing was integrated with Advertisement schedule. Third project was the Circulation department and integrated Circulation with Billing Module.

My fourth mission was to code on Accounts department, I knew accounting because I was a main programmer while developing Quick FA accounting software for Global Systems. Accounting was integrated with Billing module. After completion of Accounts Department project, the only department left out was HR and Payroll, I created an attendance system.  Attendance system was placed in the reception area and all employees would capture the LOG-IN time and LOG-OUT time. Then, I created a Payroll system, integrated attendance with Payroll and payroll with Accounts.

Within three years the ADC was completely computerized. What I was trying to say by elaborating the process that I have been carried out in the company is that even when I was coding and developing single handedly in line with an ERP system method without actually knowing it, I was learning a lot in the process.

My third job was with Liyod Finance Ltd, a public listed company. There I have developed a completely integrated system on Oracle.  It has also given me ample opportunity to learn a lot within a limited period.

Jumbo Electronics in Dubai was my last job, in the term of an outside company I have worked with. It was a 750-million company. I was working there as an Enterprise Manager. My job profile included looking overall implementation of ERP. Working on AS 400, you learn a lot. Yes, I did.

Twenty years down the line, today I sit in the chair of CEO in eresource Infotech Pvt. Ltd. one of the leading web-based ERP solution in India, drawing more than 500 times the salary I was getting with Global Systems and half the work I was doing there.

Here I have learned only one lesson.  That is, if you want to learn something then you must work for others, not for you.




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  1. Rupesh Vardam
    July 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Really Inspiring.

    • July 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      Thanks Rupesh.. Watch this space, best is on its way.. Cheers.

  2. July 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Awesome!!!!! Dodos lyk me who dunno technology also could understand it. Very inspiring. Simply put.

    • July 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      Thanks Shradha.. Watch this space, best is on its way.. 🙂

  3. Anish PT
    January 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    great source of inspiration for people like me who wanna become an erp consultant one day……..

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