Agilent Base Case

By Larry Barrett  |  Posted 2003-01-17 Print this article 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

Senior Writer
Larry, of San Carlos, Calif., was a senior writer and editor at CNet, writing analysis, breaking news and opinion stories. He was technology reporter at the San Jose Business Journal from 1996-1997. He graduated with a B.A. from San Jose State University where he was also executive editor of the daily student newspaper.

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