Automating the operations of Ali Bin Ali (ABA) Holding’s Prime Consumer Products (PCP) Division, the FORWARD application went live on October 7, 2018. Like the other FMCG divisions of the Group, PCP went live with the following modules – Finance, Supply Chain, Sales and later, Trade-Marketing.
After a short period of stabilization, it was time to celebrate the successful implementation. On November 13, the PCP family and members of the FORWARD team gathered on the PCP premises to savor the success and recognize hard work that each member had put in for the smooth transition.
Apart from the PCP team led by General Manager Mr. Ghassan Aibef, also present at the event were General Manager Finance – FMCG Mr. Sampath Balaji, Division Manager, Supply Chain – FMCG Mr. Vincent Emmanuel, ABA Group PMO Manager Mr. Youssef Farajallah Mahmoud, Project Manager – IT Mr. Assad Hussein and Group Corporate Communications Manager Mr. Imad Hashim.
Inaugurating the event, Mr. Aibef said: “Our life does not get better by chance, it does only by change and there comes a time when change becomes inevitable. The change to the FORWARD system has been a beautiful journey. We had challenges and issues and are still working on some of them, but it was way better than what we expected. This wouldn’t have happened without the efforts of all our teams. With all these collaborative efforts, we ended up today with a Live system that is working perfectly. The highlight is that we did not stop our business for even one day. It was all planned and agreed upon with enough time to kick it off in an effective manner”.
Mr. Youssef thanked all the team members for their efforts and said: “Today, we are celebrating another big milestone for the FORWARD Project. It was not an easy one. It was the second FMCG division to implement the solution and we had a lot of challenges and many lessons to learn. However, with commendable teamwork, we managed to Go Live without any major issues. I would like to thank the PCP team for their involvement and cooperation. The FORWARD team gave their best and worked day and night with total commitment to the implementation. As Mr. Ghassan mentioned, we managed very well in terms of plan and time.”
Like in other divisions, a major element at the FORWARD Go Live celebration at PCP was the recognition of the heroes in the division who went the extra mile to make the transition successful.
Mr. Ghassan handed over certificates to Chief Accountant Mr. Ashraf O.V, Asst. Manager – Inventory & Stock Control (Logistics) Mr. Ivan Jose, Trade Marketing Manager Ms. Janet Alviz, Demand & Supply Manager Mr. Reiner Crisologo, MS&P Manager Mr. Shadman Khan and last but not the least, Senior Sales Manager Ms. Yvanne Saliba.
The award ceremony was followed by a fun activity that engaged each and every one present at the event. Colors were given out to the team members and they had to color an outlined image of a growing plant that symbolized the PCP Go Live slogan – ‘Nurture the change that grows’.