Business Needs KCG Saudi Arabia is a leading specialized engineering contracting company in the operations since opening its first branch in Jeddah, in 1980. It is currently comprised of 20 divisions that provide specialized contracting services-including roofing, concrete repair, cathodic protection, non-destructive testing, and construction management-to the construction industry. Until recently, each region managed its own finacial systems, with data held in isolated local applications. But the company's separate systems made it difficult for the group to gain insight into divisional and group operations and performance. Mahmoud Kassim Al-Awar, Chief Applications Officer for Kabbani Construction Group, says: " Reporting was difficult. There was no integration between the technical systems of different business divisions, so managers had to request data every time they wanted to create specific reports. " Without integration and a centralized repository for all our data, it was a challenge to enforce security and access rules," says Al-Awar. KCG wanted to standardize its financial and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems across the business to improve operations and security, but the group was aware that deploying new software meant a significant cultural change for the business. " Employee were used to the way they worked before, so we knew that the solution we chose would have to be user friendly, to encourage high adoption," he says. Solution In June 2009, KCG worked with Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Right Group to deploy Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0, a flexible ERP solution, across the 20 divisions. Right Group customized the solution to meet business requirements, and established a centralized store for financial data. Information from every business unit is automatically stored in the repository rather than in local databases. " We selected Right Group because of its expertise at implementing ERP systems and knowledge of construction contracting projects, " says Al-Awar. Right Group worked intensively with the business to understand its needs and demonstrate how modules within Microsoft Dynamics AX could address them. " Right Group us that it was a robust solution, and could accommodate the reporting requirements of different business divisions," says Al-Awar. For example, with Microsoft Dynamics AX project module, executives can view the internal resources required to finish a project on time. They can also create reports from pre-configured templates-such as those needed for accounts receivable, trial balance, and cash flow reports-or configure new reports. KCG can now enforce its security policy across the organization. Administrators set role-based permission within Microsoft Dynamics AX to protect sensitive information. Only certain employee have access to all the date, and sensitive data is restricted from being used or viewed by use that don't need it. "Right Group managed implementation, and provided training sessions tho help employees with the transition to the help employees with the transition to the new system," says Al-Awar. "Microsoft Dynamic Ax was deployed across all divisions and went live in June 2009." Benefits With support from Right Group, KCG has a standardized ERP solution that's secure. It supports employees, helping them to create accurate reports quickly, and manage projects more efficiently. Although some users were tentative about using Microsoft Dynamics AX, Al-Awar says employees are now positive about the solution. Reporting is faster. " It used to take a signficant amount of time to create a report. Thanks to the new system, we can create accurate reports, such as trial balance or cash flow reports, much faster," says Al-Awar. Workload is reduced. Al-Awar says: "Microsoft Dynamics AX is user-friendly, so managers customize their own reports, instead of asking for them. They can get the information they need with a few clicks of a mouse." Security has improved. " Microsoft Dynamics AX makes it ensure data is secure. We can control access to date, so only people with the correct permission can view and after information, " says Al-Awar. Projects are managed more efficiently. With their new reporting tools, managers can examine every element o their projects while they are in progress. Al-Awar says: " In minutes, we can create a report to tell us if a project is within budget, or how much we're spending on materials. If we see a potential proble, we can take action straight away." User adoption is high. Around 110 employees are now using Microsoft Dynamics AX. Al-Awar says: " Some employees were unsure about the system before implementation-they were used to doing things their own way, and didn't want to stop. But that changed when they discovered how easy it is to use Microsoft Dynamics."