By Paul Barthram
STME, the enterprise storage company, has announced it is to embark on a year-long project to integrate its business processes, under the banner of its VISION project.
STME, the enterprise storage company, has announced it is to embark on a year-long project to integrate its business processes, applications and critical information for internal online access under the banner of its VISION project.The VISION (Versatile Information System Integrating Operations and Needs) project has been adopted by STME in order to cope with the company’s rapid growth, and to provide a more efficient, productive and customer orientated working environment."As is the case with many of our customers in the Middle East, STME has traditionally had banks of information sitting in our different offices around the region, and paper-based processes. We’re now integrating this data and streamlining our operations to provide faster access to more accurate information, while making more informed decisions about the direction of our business," said Trevor Hutson, STME’s president & chief operating officer. "As part of VISION, we will be transforming our paper-based ISO 9001:2000 certified quality management system to an online business process management system using Metastorm e-work," said Ancel Fernandes, the project supervisor and STME’s executive vice president of marketing and audit.STME’ implementation of Metastorm e-work will be the first of its kind in the Middle East. Metastorm e-work offers a powerful graphical environment through which STME will be able to very easily model, integrate, automate, analyse and optimise its business processes, create online forms and develop process actions. The e-work business process management system will encompass both customer and employee related processes across STME’s entire value chain. This will be integrated with other online applications including human resources, inventory costing, and finance.The VISION project, which is being implemented in four phases, will be completed early next year. The first phase of the project will focus on human resource-related processes within STME - recruitment, induction, training, appraisals, time sheets, leave requests, employee awards, and improvement opportunity requests, and will be rolled out this month."The gradual introduction of the new features will ensure that employees have time to get used to the new technology. We are confident that this investment will result in greater efficiency, improved productivity and reduced costs," concluded Hutson.