Agilent Base CaseBy Larry Barrett | Posted 2003-01-17 Print
Agilent blew $70 million on a software project. Was that a cause of its financial problems? Or an excuse?
Agilent Base Case
Headquarters: 395 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Phone: (650) 752-5000
Business: Manufactures electronic test and measurement equipment and semiconductors
Chief Information Officer: Marty Chuck
Financials in 2002: $6.01 billion in sales; net loss of $1.03 billion
Challenge: Install companywide enterprise planning software
- Reduce inventory of raw materials from six weeks to two days
- Tally inventory and report financial data on daily basis, rather than twice each quarter
- Streamline order placement, processing and fulfillment processes
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