lights the lamp at the project’s kick-off event on 13 June, 2002. The
Directors of GSL look on. ( L-R) Radm. Rtd. Paralikar – CMD GRSE Ltd.,
Radm. Sampath Pillai – CMD Goa Shipyard Ltd., and Dipali Khanna –
Addl. Financial Advisor, Ministry of Defence.
A Sea of Change
odrej Infotech Ltd (GIL) successfully completed a large IT implementation
project at Goa Shipyard Ltd. The project kick-off took place in June 2002.
The implementation was undertaken in a phased manner while the final Go-Live
was declared in September 2003.
About Goa Shipyard Limited:
Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) was established in 1957 and is today a leading
shipyard on the west coast of India, meeting the requirements of varied
customers in the field of design, development, construction, repair,
modernisation, testing and commissioning of ships. GSL can not only build
traditional military ships and marine craft, but also next generation
vessels. This Indian public sector unit functions under the administrative
control of the Ministry of Defence, Department of Defence Production and
has massive expansion plans to upgrade its infrastructure. To support its
growth plans GSL decided to go ahead on a major IT initiative. Godrej
Infotech was chosen as its IT partner after a detailed evaluation process
involving six leading Enterprise solution providers.
The GSL project involved supply of Hardware, Software and Services on a
turnkey basis. Various modules of BaaN ERP such as Projects, Distribution,
Finance, Human Resources, Executive Information System and Service Modules
and BaaN PDM were implemented. Interfaces with third party products like
Primavera (a planning software), Tribon (a ship design CAD software) and
CARS (Computerised Attendance Recording System) were developed.
implementation touched almost every activity at GSL. Apart from the Core
BaaN ERP implementation, over 50+ net- based applications were developed. On
entering the Company’s premises, the CISF security will check on our
“Movement Tracking System” if your appointment has been initiated and then
print a Gate Pass from the system. Workflow applications cater to employee
claims and various HR activities viz Training System, Lunchroom System,
Quarter Allotment System, Leave Form System, Library Management System,
Guest House Booking, etc. Work-flow- based “Document Manager” is used for
obtaining online approvals. This has revolutionised approval processes at
GSL. Applications such as ISO Management and Knowledge Management are
implemented to address the quality and knowledge areas.
implementation was also extended to benefit GSL Customers and Suppliers.
Suppliers can now log in to a GSL website, get tender documents, and submit
their bids online. Customers have been given access to the website for
viewing their Project Status.
GSL is tending towards project-based working compared to the traditional
functional approach leading to improved internal co-ordination. Build
Periods are expected to come down significantly. Customer and Supplier
Connectivity has been established. Transparency, visibility and
accountability is taking the organisation towards operational excellence.
This project has complemented GSL’s e-Governance Initiative.
strong foundation has been laid for GSL to reap the benefits in the years to
The GIL Team
The GIL team consisted of BaaN application and Tools consultants, VB and
Java professionals, and external personnel for Hardware support. M.V.N. Rao
and a full-time Project Manager stationed on-site head the team. Our Chief
Executive Officer, Pradeep Kapoor, who reviewed the project on a regular
basis, ably guides our team.
GIL received the second runners-up trophy at “Lakshya 2003” – an on-the- job
achievers award organised by NITIE – Powai. GIL had presented the GSL
implementation as a case study. In future GIL will concentrate on delivering
more value to customers. Customer satisfaction will drive our business
meeting our “Lakshya”.
The “Lakshya 2003” second anniversary
trophy won by GIL.
The Chairman and Managing Director of GSL, Radm. Sampath Pillai’s vision and
the sheer energy of his presence provided tremendous motivation to the
implementation team. His direct involvement with the team provided timely
guidance, direction and support. e-Governance and a paperless organisation
were on the top of his agenda and he advocated the same in letter and
Watching the Arabian Sea at the GSL jetty, we feared that with such a
massive IT implementation, we would either be thrown out by the high tide or
engulfed by the dangerous low tide. Relentless effort and a “we believe we
can” attitude saw us through.
Leaving their footprints on the golden sands of Goa, the project teams of
GIL and GSL weathered the pains of implementation and came out with flying
colours. It’s not only the Arabian Sea that you see at the GSL jetty, today
what you see is “A Sea of Change”.
Project Manager, GSL Project
Godrej Infotech Ltd