July 14, 2008 - Eaton Steel, a leading distributor and processor of engineered steel bars, is relying on the Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Database and Oracle SOA Suite, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, to gain insight into its supply chain network and financial results, simplify transactions with its network of partners and help reduce costs by automating key business processes.


Using Oracle Financials, Eaton Steel gained a unified view of its financial performance and transactions across all six of its subsidiaries. As a result, the company has better insight into organizational performance and can consistently refine processes to improve results.


Eaton Steel is now able to manage its entire steel production process, from heat-treating and sizing the material to work-in-process to cost and quality management. Additionally, the company relies on Oracle to automatically transfer engineering specifications into production items, bills of material and routing.


Using Oracle SOA Suite, Eaton Steel is developing a series of Web Services based on easily reusable code that allows its subsidiaries and partners to call up a simple Web-based interface and quickly enter the relevant information, which will then be automatically routed into the Oracle E-Business Suite. This will enable Eaton Steel to automate business processes in multiple areas, such as purchase orders, invoices and inventory management.


The service-oriented architecture is helping provide Eaton Steel's business partners with a near-real-time and detailed view into inventory and production status. This helps eliminate several manual procedures, thereby reducing resources required to manage the process and the potential for error inherent in redundant data entry.

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