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HCL AXON Announces iMRO for Rail

Published Date: 
May 09, 2012

Using Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Business Solution for Rail From HCL AXON – Together With SAP® EAM – Optimizes Operations, Lifecycle Management for Rail Customers

Global release – UK, N. America, APAC ME, 9th May 2012 – HCL AXON, the Enterprise Application Services division of HCL Technologies, today announced the release of its iMRO solution for the rail industry. HCL AXON’s iMRO, a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) solution endorsed by SAP AG, was previously available for use by organizations that maintain complex, expensive and regulated assets such as in the travel and transportation, high-tech, energy, aerospace and defence industries. iMRO for Rail, when used together with the SAP® Enterprise Asset Management (SAP EAM) solution, enhances operations for the rail industry and integrated lifecycle management for linear assets, rolling stock and road vehicles.

HCL AXON, the Enterprise Application Services division of HCL Technologies, today announced the release of its iMRO solution for the rail industry. HCL AXON’s iMRO, a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) solution endorsed by SAP AG, was previously available for use by organizations that maintain complex, expensive and regulated assets such as in the travel and transportation, high-tech, energy, aerospace and defence industries. iMRO for Rail, when used together with the SAP® Enterprise Asset Management (SAP EAM) solution, enhances operations for the rail industry and integrated lifecycle management for linear assets, rolling stock and road vehicles.

HCL AXON began cooperating with SAP on development of iMRO for the aerospace industry in 2008. It extended that cooperation last year, when HCL AXON began pioneering the new iMRO for Rail solution to deliver a world-class, knowledge-based asset management platform to help ensure rail asset availability within efficient cost structures.  During these latest development efforts, HCL AXON tapped into its vast experience in globally implementing over 90 MRO and asset management projects and as a dedicated business transformation expert with strong experience supporting SAP solutions for use in railway environments.  HCL AXON, together with SAP, represents a first-class team in the development, delivery and support of business applications for rail asset management and MRO.

Todd Crandall, Executive Vice President & Global Head of Asset Intensive Industries, HCL AXON, said, “We are delighted to be cooperating further with SAP to optimize global rail asset management processes.  The evolving co-innovation with HCL AXON’s iMRO since 2008 for aerospace and airlines and now the rail industry emphasizes the longer-term commitment from HCL AXON and SAP.”

iMRO for Rail was developed to improve productivity and planner visibility and reduce variations encountered between planning and rail operations, allowing higher asset utilizations to be realized for large and small railways, manufacturers and third-party MRO providers. The native and prebuilt integration of the iMRO solution, certified by SAP for integration with SAP solutions, reduces time to implement, risks, cost of support and cost of custom development. iMRO is supported by HCL AXON’s ReadyForRail Framework, encompassing accelerators such as rail process models, benefits-dependency maps, rail-asset cost models, user guides and rail-specific dashboards for speeding up deployments and increasing the value of such investments in SAP solutions.

Significant improvements in visualization and usability as well as rail-specific functionality incorporating electronic work instructions, induction, inspection and planning workbenches, mobility, technical document integration, modification management, component sourcing and swaps, network viewer and preconfigured analytics can be realized by deploying HCL AXON’s iMRO for Rail in combination with SAP EAM.

The rail solution was developed based on a rail reference process model, validated by the SAP User Group for Railways (SUGRAIL) and Railway Users and covers all key rail asset management processes.

Till Dengel, Head of Transportation and Logistics Industry Business Unit, SAP, said, “Across the globe, railway customers have chosen to implement SAP solutions to run their core commercial systems of record, and they look to SAP to help extend their strategic investments. Through delivery of iMRO for Rail, used together with SAP EAM, rail customers have an even stronger set of solutions available for rail-assets management. This announcement underscores the strength and value provided to customers through efforts resulting from cooperation of SAP and its partner ecosystem. In cooperation with HCL AXON, we are delivering proven value to the rail industry.”

About iMRO

iMRO is HCL AXON’s maintenance, repair and overhaul industry solution for the SAP ERP application. iMRO reduces cost, complexity and risk for railways,  airlines, manufacturers and third-party MRO providers by delivering best practices for maintenance engineering, maintenance planning, maintenance operations and business support processes. iMRO improves productivity and data accuracy while reducing process variations typically encountered by complex asset maintenance businesses. iMRO has been recognized as a leading MRO solution from industry leaders around the globe.

About HCL Enterprise

HCL is a $6.2 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 and a transformational enterprise, HCL’s diverse range of hardware and software offerings span a wide array of focused industry verticals. The HCL team consists of 90,000 professionals of diverse nationalities, who operate from 31 countries including over 500 points of presence in India. For more on HCL, please visit www.hcl.com

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, 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, Customer Second’ which empowers our 82,464 transformers to create a real value for the customers. HCL Technologies, along with its subsidiaries, has reported consolidated revenues of US$ 4.0 billion (Rs 19,412 crores), as on (on LTM basis). For more information, please visit www.hcltech.com

About HCL AXON

HCL AXON (www.hcl-axon.com), a division of HCL Technologies, is a Business Transformation consultancy that delivers significant value to large, complex organizations through the innovative implementation and support of enterprise applications. HCL AXON has a significant number 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.

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