by June 3, 2008 0 comments

ERP deployment in various organizations across verticals is commonplace.
However, ERP deployment at a religious trust is something definitely unheard of.
The Shri Sant Gajanan
Maharaj Trust is located in Shegaon, Maharashtra, and is the second largest
pilgrimage destination in Western India. This non profit organization serves
society through its vocational training centers, educational institutes, special
schools for the mentally challenged, pharmacy stores, medical dispensaries, and
health-camps. The Trust also manages a temple, which attracts over 3,000
devotees per day.

This number can surge to more than 100,000 per day during festive seasons and
other special occasions. The Trust has a network of nine branches spread across
different parts of the country, involved in promoting various social welfare

The Trust finances its philanthropic initiatives through the donations it
receives, sale of publications and souvenirs and subsidized on-campus lodging
and boarding services. It receives donation from various sources including
international remittances.

Over the last few years, the day-to-day operations of the Trust had become
quite complex. Additionally, the Trust had to handle approximately 20,000
transactions per day pertaining to various activities. It also had to manually
update records of transactions with over 1,000 suppliers and contractors.

The managing committee of the Trust recognized that manual practices for
managing sales, purchase and accounting operations resulted in lower
productivity and affected the service response time despite the high-caliber
administrative expertise of its staff.

The ERP Deployment team (starting from
left): S D Phuse, P V Bokad, T P Marode, D P Tarale, K B More, P R Joshi,
and P I Chaure. The team was headed by Shrikant D. Patil. To expand it s
scope of charitable services, the Sant Gajanan Maharaj religious trust took
aid of technology in the form of an ERP solution deployment

This called for a solution that would simplify processes, enhance operational
efficiency, minimize the cycle-time involved in transaction processing and ease
the work pressure on its staff. An ERP system was the need of the hour to
significantly raise the bar of transparency and accountability.

After evaluating various options, SAP ERP 6.0 was zeroed in on. Patni
Computers Systems was selected as the implementation partner in the process.
Patni conducted a detailed study of business processes pertaining to management
of finance, accounting, inventory, sales and distribution.

The implementation process itself was divided into five phases covering the
entire project lifecycle comprising preparation, blueprint, realization, final
preparation and go-live.

Moving away from functional silos and creating effective cross-functional
processes that are truly integrated via an SAP ERP system was not an easy task.
Most of the Trust’s functions were unique. Hence, there was a need to enhance
certain standard functionalities of the SAP ERP to meet those requirements.

Sri Sant Gajanan Maharaj
Sansthan ( Shegaon) is one of the first temple trusts in
India to implement an ERP system with the help of Patni Computer Systems,
one of the leading global IT service providers

The use of SAP ERP was spread across various lines of business including the
hostel, the medical centers and temple. This made it necessary to acquire the
buy-in of the multiple stakeholders who were involved in the process of managing
the activities of the Trust.

The biggest challenge to change came from the end users of the solution. Most
of the staff members were not conversant with English language and happened to
be the first time computer users. This issue was addressed by rolling out a
change management program. The management committee of the Trust discussed the
benefits of the new system with all the members of staff and assured that its
implementation would not affect the employment of the staff. It also imparted
end-user training to the entry level staff and assigned the elder members of the
staff with the roles in managing operations.

The manual practices were not discontinued for six months even after
“go-live” stage. to ensure that its staff achieved a certain level of comfort
with the new system.

After the deployment, automated information exchange between departments
about the material and cash flow has simplified most of the processes and
boosted the efficiency.

A significant improvement has been witnessed in the process of receiving
donations and distributing it for various welfare activities.

The number of donation counters has been reduced to one resulting in an 80%
gain in manpower utilization. The Trust is able to provide complete transparency
into the collection and utilization of donations.

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