Casio Lays Foundation for Next-Generation Supply Chain

Taps BEA for core infrastructure as company builds SCM system to span global enterprise

Taps BEA for core infrastructure as company builds SCM system to span global enterprise

San Jose, CA — January 7, 2004 — Casio Computer has tapped BEA Systems to provide the foundation for its next-generation supply chain management (SCM) infrastructure as the company moves toward a system that will enable Casio to manage and monitor business processes across its entire SCM network, both inside and outside the firewall.

Casio currently is building a new SCM system designed to optimize its demand forecasting capabilities and to enable decreases in production lead-time and reductions in inventory.

"As global competition intensifies, it becomes increasingly difficult to outperform our rivals if we continue to expand our IT infrastructure using the traditional method of optimizing each individual business unit," said Atsushi Yazawa, general manager of Casio's information technology department.

Yazawa noted that Casio's business today spans multiple countries and business units, requiring the standardization of all of the company's IT operations on a single technology platform. "By adopting BEA WebLogic Integration 8.1 as the core infrastructure for our supply chain and business management systems, Casio has taken the first major step designed to connect our global technology network," Yazawa said.

BEA said that its WebLogic Integration 8.1 solution would help Casio gain competitive advantage with real-time information access, better two-way business visibility and improved supply chain performance.

The provider said its technology is designed to more easily facilitate the integration of new IT systems with existing systems, as well as those of the many manufacturing subsidiaries in the Casio Group.

BEA can also enable Casio to engage in B2B integration with its global network of buyers and suppliers that assume component and materials inventory management activities, as well as electronic manufacturing service (EMS) providers, according to the solution provider.

NEC Corp. (Tokyo) has been assisting in the development of the system for Casio, which expects the system to be fully operational next year.