One of the worlds largest manufacturers of discrete
semi-conductors and passive components was rapidly acquiring new business
that needed to be converted and integrated into their typical business.
The Systems Manager enlisted the Thor Group to help with the data conversion
and integration projects from companies that they acquired.
The company was on an iSeries/AS400 platform using JD Edwards World.
The data from the acquired companies was in a variety of formats including
Oracle, Quantel and a number of other third party proprietary systems
that needed to be converted and integrated into JDE World. The number
of internal technical staff members was small, had limited resources
and little knowledge of many of these different types of applications.
Using our in-depth consultative approach to identify business challenges
and recommend matching business solutions, Thor provided our client
an effective solution at a reduced rate for each conversion project.
Thor offered experts in Oracle, Quantel or other respective applications
and a Project Leader. The pay rate for these expert services varied,
but on the average, the Thor rate was $60 an hour less than the rate
for a System Integrator provided by JDE partners. Since a typical conversion
and integration takes 8 month, using a Thor specialist, our client saved
approximately $80,000 per project. In addition, with directive from
internal staff, the experienced Thor contractor was often the technical
lead providing further savings saving our client the need to hire another
This company regularly requests services of the same Thor contractors
for new projects. Since these experts already know our client's business
and processes, the learning curve is minimal, saving even more time
and resources. Due to the success of our IT support provided on conversion
projects, they have sought Thor services to provide professionals in
a variety of other departments and positions including: Buying and Planning,
Warehouse Management, Inventory Support, Customer Service and Administrative