Sherwin-Williams Upgrades to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 to Support Global Business Operations

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

New Features Helped Streamline and Simplify IT Infrastructure and Business Processes

Redwood Shores, Calif. – September 21, 2011

News Facts

To help increase operational efficiency across its growing global business, Sherwin-Williams, the largest specialty retailer of paint, stains, coatings, wall coverings and sundry items in North America, has upgraded to the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 ( .
Faced with the complexities of supporting its expanding global operations, Sherwin-Williams needed a standardized, flexible and scalable enterprise-wide management system that could provide the visibility and control needed to efficiently manage international accounting, regulatory and environmental regulations, as well as a complex global supply chain.
Upgrading to the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and using it in conjunction with Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition ( has enabled Sherwin-Williams to standardize and simplify its IT infrastructure and business processes while giving its operations, financial, manufacturing and customer service departments access to new intelligence and reporting functionality across a comprehensive suite of business applications. As a result, Sherwin-Williams has been able to reduce costs and improve the efficiency and accuracy of decision making.
In addition, the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 can help drive even more efficiency to the company’s operations with new features for discrete manufacturing operations and process manufacturing operations, reducing overhead for these key functions in Sherwin-Williams’ complex global manufacturing business.
To help ensure that local operations have the autonomy and flexibility needed to meet specific regional demands, the latest release of the Oracle E-Business Suite also delivers the localization and configuration required to address specific regulatory and language requirements.
New functionality within Oracle E-Business Suite Financials ( has enabled Sherwin-Williams to increase effectiveness of its financial processes by improving visibility, while also supporting compliance with global and local reporting requirements including complex accounting and tax rules.

Supporting Quote

“We needed a standardized, scalable and flexible platform that would allow us to efficiently manage our expanding global operations while also enabling us to meet the specific demands of local markets,” said Tom Lucas, chief information officer, Sherwin-Williams. “With the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1, we have benefited from an integrated business platform that has helped us to simplify our IT infrastructure and enhance our business processes. By centralizing data and operations on one global platform, we have been able to support our growth and increase the bottom line by driving efficiencies and ensuring compliance with global and local business requirements.”

Supporting Resources

Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 (
Oracle E-Business Suite Financials (
Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (
Oracle Process Manufacturing (
Sherwin-Williams (

About Sherwin-Williams

Founded in 1866, The Sherwin-Williams Company is a global leader in the manufacture, development, distribution, and sale of coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers. With 32,000 associates and $7.78 billion in sales, S-W is the USA’s #1 paint and coatings company; #3 in the world. The company manufactures products under well-known brands such as Sherwin-Williams®, Dutch Boy®, Krylon®, Minwax®, Thompson's® Water Seal®, Ronseal™, Becker Acroma™, Sayerlack®, Euronavy®, Altax™ and many more. With global headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, Sherwin-Williams® branded products are sold exclusively through a chain of 3,390 company-operated stores and facilities in the U.S., while the company's other brands are sold through leading mass merchandisers, home centers, independent paint dealers, hardware stores, automotive retailers, and industrial distributors. The Sherwin-Williams Global Finishes Group delivers a wide range of products to the automotive refinishes, product finishes, and protective and marine markets in 109 countries around the world. For more information, visit ( .

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