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Malaysian solar power player uses digitisation to grow regionally

AvantiKumar | Oct. 12, 2017
‘In the digital era, companies must fully utilise technology to increase business agility, and enable insightful decision-making,’ says Managing Director, Davis Chong.


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  Digitisation is to power the path to regional growth, a Malaysian solar power player has announced recently.

"We are now in the digital era, and businesses must fully utilise technology to increase business agility, enable insightful decision-making and achieve greater gains," said Davis Chong, who is the managing director of Solarvest. (See - This is how Malaysia's ICT industry will transform in the next three years: IDC)

A subsidiary of Atlantic Blue, a turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) solutions for large scale solar farming, Solarvest provides high-yield solar photovoltaic (PV) systems

It was one of the first companies to begin the installation of solar panels for residential, commercial, and industrial properties in Malaysia, said Chong.

Formed in 2012 with four staff, Solarvest has expanded and today has offices in Selangor, Penang and Kedah, he added
Chong said the company's sales should double this year, and is now expanding into Southeast Asia. (See - Why Malaysian companies must expand into ASEAN's US$48 billion pie: MDEC exclusive)

The challenges of expansion

It was this "vast and rapid expansion," which demanded that Solarvest had to streamline its business operations and processes, he explained.

The crux of the problem was that the lack of automation allowed human errors to slip through.

It was also difficult for different departments to communicate and collaborate on projects, Chong continued.

He said that Solarvest then went on a hunt for a new platform to simplify and automate engineering processes, and one that would also allow a replication of an improved business model across Southeast Asia.

"We explored different options and decided on Epicor for its expertise in engineering services, as well as its stellar track record in this industry," Chong revealed, adding that Epicor's global ERP (enterprise resource planning) solution "is highly customisable, allowing us to specify and adapt business processes quickly, which is imperative for our business to expand successfully."

"Beyond enabling greater efficiency and productivity for Solarvest today, we are confident that the solution will provide the foundation for us to take advantage of newer technologies such as big data and analytics far into the future," he said.

Commenting on the move, Vincent Tang, regional vice president for Epicor Software in Asia said, "Solarvest faced some significant challenges, specifically around visibility and efficiency. To help them meet these challenges we focus on delivering a solution that not only will address the specific requirements and challenges posed by its industry, but was also easy to deploy, operate, manage and upgrade."

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