Pantaloons ambitious IT plans
CIO, Pantaloon Retail India
Pantaloon Retail (India) Limited (PRIL) has an ambitious IT
roadmap. It has lined up IT investments of over Rs 100 crore for the next three
years. These investments will go into its lifestyle and value retail businesses.
A complete revamp has started, with the first step being a strategic partnership
with SAP to implement the mySAP Business suite, SAP advanced planning tool for
merchandise planning and SAP apparel and footwear solutions across the organisation
with over 1,000 users.
Chinar Deshpande, CIO, PRIL, says, To support growth, a robust and futuristic
IT infrastructure has been planned for the next three years, with investments
of over Rs 100 crore. Our strategic partnership with SAP is our first step in
realising our IT vision.
As the precursor to this, PRIL has implemented a company-wide VPN connecting
all the stores, warehouses and offices. The network is capable of handling heavy
traffic of data, voice and video. As part of its second phase, the company plans
to implement a fully-integrated transaction system (SAP) which would accumulate
accurate real-time data.
PRIL also plans to implement a data warehouse and a business intelligence tool
on top of the transaction data accumulated by the above systems. A set of advanced
corporate planning tools is also being put in place including forecasting &
demand planning, budgeting and variance, inventory planning, space planning,
promotions planning and analysis, and human resource management systems.
The investments will be mainly in the areas of hardware, software, business
connectivity infrastructure (such as VPN, and video conferencing) and skilled