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XLRI eyes Microsoft, SAP alliances

December 16, 2003 11:08 IST

Software giant Microsoft is examining a proposal to make Xavier Labour Relations Institute a centre for excellence for its products. The focus would be on enterprise resource planning packages for the managers of tomorrow, XLRI sources said.

"Microsoft evinced interest in making XLRI a Center for Excellence," said A K Pani, head of information systems department at XLRI.

XLRI would get Microsoft ERP packages -- Navision and Axapta -- for academic use. Meant for mid-size units, these generally cost between Rs 3-20 lakh (Rs 30-200 million). Navision caters to the lower end of mid-size companies, Axapta is meant for the upper end of the segment or companies with turnover of Rs 5-50 crore (Rs 50-Rs 500 million). "These packages provide best practices - customising and implementation are done by a consultancy," said Pani.

"XLRI would like to know whether Microsoft would provide training, hardware and small projects that the students can handle," said Pani.

XLRI was exploring a similar tie-up with SAP, a major player in the ERP sector. SAP ERP packages, generally for large-scale companies, cost Rs 20-100 crore (Rs 200 million-Rs 1 billion).

Tata Steel has implemented SAP for Rs 80 crore. XLRI can conduct training programmes for local entrepreneurs to make them aware of the benefits of ERP, Pani said.
BS Correspondent in Jamshedpur