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Power Cooperative Sends Email and Fax To Multiple Destinations from Oracle EBS


The Company:

Founded in 1940 to generate electricity during the Depression era, Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc. (MPC) today serves eleven distribution cooperatives and twelve municipal utilities. With more than 300 employees on staff, MPC is able to meet the energy needs of more than 125,000 customers over 34,500 square miles of eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. With expectations of future growth, MPC realizes the importance of cutting costs and improving productivity within their business processes.

 The Problem:

Over a period of ten years, a satisfied MPC utilized a legacy document delivery solution on their IBM System 390 mainframe. Though automating and batching a modest volume of 200 purchase orders and requests for quotation per day, MPC became interested in utilizing Oracle’s XML Publisher to easily format their PO data. Their goal: to better communicate with customers via email and fax by using Oracle reports.

While upgrading the company’s server and software to accommodate Oracle E-Business Suite, MPC learned that their legacy solution was unable to integrate with XML Publisher output. Tim Sanger, IT Manager, reported problems with documents being held in the queue, despite having the correct fax number and contact information. Additionally, he was told that the solution might only allow for one fax per print stream which would not meet users’ needs. After MPC repeatedly attempted to salvage its investment with a 3rd party reseller, Sanger reports, “Our management was getting upset with their approach of selling us more add-ons that did not work.”

The Solution:

After learning of STR Software, Sanger called to inquire about AventX’s integration with XML Publisher output and robust feature set. Impressed with what he learned, Sanger decided to present STR Software’s AventX Oracle Connector to Minnkota management.

Ben Bruno, President of STR Software, explains, “STR Software has years of experience integrating with XML Publisher and properly bursting batch documents. We have created sample templates of Purchase Orders, Request for Quotation, Sales Orders Acknowledgements, Invoices, and Statements to accelerate use of this technology.”

Just two days after viewing a web demo of AventX, MPC issued a purchase order to STR Software. Since then, Sanger reports, “Our PO and RFQ templates are working without a hitch. AventX is integrated extremely well with Oracle; the AventX Oracle Connector takes data directly from the Oracle database so we know what we’re sending is automatic and accurate.”

Using AventX to automate the delivery of critical procurement documents has assisted MPC in strategically structuring their purchasing process to keep small amounts of inventory on hand. Sanger cites the ability to get materials quickly and efficiently as the top benefit MPC has realized after implementing the solution. “We needed exceptional reliability, and with AventX, we got it! When we send something with AventX, we know it’s been sent.”

STR Software specializes in document delivery providing email, confirmed email, fax, and print solutions for ERP environments.  The AventX Product Suite integrates with internally-developed and  ERP applications including Oracle EBS, SAP, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, IFAS, EAS, and more in UNIX, Linux, MPE, and Windows environments.


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