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HCL AXON Announces iLINE, an Add-On for SAP® ERP, for Linear Asset Management

Published Date: 
May 19, 2010

Jersey City, N.J., May 19, 2010 – HCL AXON, a division of HCL Technologies and a provider of business transformation consulting services through the innovative implementation and support of SAP® applications, has developed iLINE – an add‐on in support of the SAP ERP application for linear and transportation infrastructure asset management. iLINE Release 1.0 is currently in development with Canada National Railway (CN) and other asset‐intensive customers. It is scheduled to be available late in the fourth quarter of 2010.

HCL AXON, a division of HCL Technologies and a provider of business transformation consulting services through the innovative implementation and support of SAP® applications, has developed iLINE – an add‐on in support of the SAP ERP application for linear and transportation infrastructure asset management. iLINE Release 1.0 is currently in development with Canada National Railway (CN) and other asset‐intensive customers. It is scheduled to be available late in the fourth quarter of 2010.

iLINE is being built based on SAP’s approach to service‐oriented architecture (SOA) and is being designed to be deployed on multiple mobile platforms to support execution and planning in the field. It is being developed for companies that have adopted SAP ERP as their enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform and who own or operate linear assets or networks. The solution integrates geographic information systems (GIS) with SAP ERP and allows networks to be managed from either SAP ERP, the GIS or both. iLINE is being designed to address the linear asset requirements across many industries and types of networks, including track, roads, bridges, tunnels, pipelines and distribution networks. Customer demands led to the development of iLINE as an add‐on in support of SAP ERP to meet their requirements to combine linear asset maintenance and operations across many different business functions into a single solution platform and aids cross divisional synergies. Enabling maintenance, operations and engineering to manage and represent linear assets in a common solution model increases efficient planning and execution across a company or public authority as a whole.

iLINE specifically meets customer needs through additional solution components that integrate with SAP ERP. One component is the built‐in, two‐way, GIS integration. The GIS component provides the user with geographical and other information viewing of assets on one integrated screen that includes geographic maps, network structures, dimensions, layouts, maintenance history, technical structure and business data of a particular asset or a group of assets. iLINE works between GIS and SAP solutions that support key business functions, such as maintenance planning, work dispatching, work execution and asset commissioning.

The second additional component covers linear asset‐specific data recording and tracking, such as dynamic segmentation, positioning and connectivity, as well as the allocation of maintenance work, history and cost to linear segments of an asset, or to multiple connected assets. iLINE also includes key features from iMRO, HCL AXON’s maintenance, repair and overhaul solution, particularly around asset induction, inspection, planning and resource balancing and paperless work execution. The inbuilt integration between iLINE and iMRO provides a complete maintenance solution for all types of fixed, complex moveable and linear assets.

Commenting on the development of iLINE, Ian Greenhalgh, executive vice president of Business Development said, "iLINE fully leverages SAP ERP to deliver a strategic advantage to our customers in an increasingly competitive and cost‐conscious environment. HCL AXON continues to strive to be a leader with our product offerings, and iLINE, in conjunction with iMRO, can enable our customers in asset intensive environments to transform their businesses through effective and innovative solutions."

To learn more about iLINE, please visit HCL AXON in booth 3001 at the SAPPHIRE® NOW conference,being held May 16-19 in Orlando, Fla.

About HCL AXON
HCL AXON (www.hcl-axon.com), division of HCL Technologies, is a Business Transformation consultancy that delivers significant value to large, complex organizations through the innovative implementation and support of SAP technologies. HCL AXON has over 4,700 of the industry’s most experienced professionals specializing in the delivery of sustained business improvement through technology enabled transformation programs. HCL AXON's consultants bring in-depth industry expertise alongside best practice functional knowledge to address the strategic, operational, information management and organizational effectiveness challenges faced by organizations today. HCL AXON is renowned for its global ability to help clients define more ambitious strategies, build more effective organizations and shape more successful futures.

About HCL Technologies
HCL Technologies is a leading global IT services company, working with clients in the areas that impact and redefine the core of their businesses. Since its inception into the global landscape after its IPO in 1999, HCL focuses on ‘transformational outsourcing’, underlined by innovation and value creation, and offers integrated portfolio of services including software-led IT solutions, remote infrastructure management, engineering and R&D services and BPO. HCL leverages its extensive global offshore infrastructure and network of offices in 26 countries to provide holistic, multi-service delivery in key industry verticals including Financial Services, Manufacturing, Consumer Services, Public Services and Healthcare. HCL takes pride in its philosophy of ‘Employee First’ which empowers our 58,129 transformers to create a real value for the customers. HCL Technologies, along with its subsidiaries, had consolidated revenues of US$ 2.6 billion (Rs. 12,048 crores), as on 31st March 2010 (on LTM basis). For more information, please visit www.hcltech.com


About HCL Enterprise

HCL is a $5 billion leading global technology and IT enterprise comprising two companies listed in India - HCL Technologies and HCL Infosystems. Founded in 1976, HCL is one of India's original IT garage start-ups. A pioneer of modern computing, HCL is a global transformational enterprise today. Its range of offerings includes product engineering, custom & package applications, BPO, IT infrastructure services, IT hardware, systems integration, and distribution of information and communications technology (ICT) products across a wide range of focused industry verticals. The HCL team consists of over 64,000 professionals of diverse nationalities, who operate from 26 countries including over 500 points of presence in India. HCL has partnerships with several leading Global 1000 firms, including leading IT and Technology firms. For more information, please visit www.hcl.com.

 

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For further information:
 
Mary Haigis – HCL AXON
(617) 967-0472
 
Kirsten Paragona – HCL Corporate US
(857) 350-5393
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