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Faced with obsolete data and limited resources, Cummins Engines turned to i2 experts Data Technology to upgrade their systems and train their users.

London 11th December 2001. Cummins Engines, the largest independent diesel engine manufacturer in Europe and acknowledged leader in engine technology chose Data Technology Plc to migrate their i2 systems.

Cummins uses i2’s Demand Planner, which helps them accurately model their business and reduce forecast errors, and Factory Planner to optimise on-time delivery performance.

Martin Russell, Supply Chain Manager at Cummins Engines said, “We needed to upgrade our i2 implementation from version 4.5 to 5.1 to gain benefit from new functionality, in particular the new ‘consumption logic’ that would dramatically increase our performance and ability to forecast accurately and efficiently.”

Prior to the upgrade Cummins found that data was obsolete and they often needed to take systems down in order to extract data, this was time consuming and open to errors.

Russell added, “We asked Data Technology to assist us in 3 areas, first to take a look at our existing systems and advise on how to optimise them; second to upgrade our i2 implementation to the new version and third to train our users to be self sufficient. All three tasks were completed effectively, on time and within budget. We now have the skills to manage the processes internally and have freed up IT resources which is allowing us to further develop our systems to meet the changing needs of the business.”

Gus Machado, Chairman of Data Technology said, “We offer customers world-class skills and expertise, at a reasonable cost, and help them drive their systems forward to fully exploit the technology in place. Cummins Engines is a demonstration of how collaboration works, we are very pleased to have been involved in this project and to have made a demonstrable difference.

About Cummins Engines –

Cummins Inc., is the world's largest designer and manufacturer of diesel engines ranging from 55 to 3,500 horsepower. Our key markets for these engines are on-highway vehicles, industrial equipment, and power generation. In addition, Cummins provides filtration and acoustic systems, natural gas engines, engine components and electronic systems. Together we make people's lives better by unleashing the power of Cummins.

Cummins has a major presence throughout Europe comprising extensive technical and manufacturing facilities with strategically located distributors and part distribution centre to service Cummins customers.

Darlington, England manufactures and upfits engines and is also the location for the European Technical Operations centre. Daventry, England is the world-wide plant for high-horsepower engines, while a state-of-the-art Cummins Power Generation power systems plant has recently opened at Ramsgate, also in England. A major presence has been established in Turkey with truck maker BMC which produces engines under license at Izmir.

About Data Technology Plc –

Founded in 1987, Data Technology Plc with its proven manufacturing and distribution capabilities, combined with an experienced and dedicated team, is focussed on streamlining an organisations Supply Chain Management (SCM) processes. Regardless of a companies ERP implementation they seek to identify the latent value hidden within their supply chain and help them optimise ROI, other potential savings and business benefits.

Data Technology has a reputation for delivering projects on time and within budget. The company actively collaborates with best-of-breed companies including i2, the Supply Chain Management market leader, and global solutions vendor, IBM.

Data Technology uniquely resells, implements and supports i2’s supply chain solutions in the UK for the mid-market tier. Their partnership with IBM provides the opportunity to bring a solution to IBM’s marketplace that was previously not available. Together, with its partners, Data Technology is making a difference in delivering world-class robust solutions that are implemented and maintained in a cost-effective way.

For more information, photographs or interview opportunities contact:

Lia Isted
Data Technology Plc
Tel: +44 (0) 1895 829300

Sue Eyles or Angela Jones
BlueBird Associates Ltd
Tel: +44 (0) 1491 842940

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