By John McCormick  |  Posted 2002-10-11 Print this article Print

Alcoa can't dictate the prices of the aluminum it sells. So it's relying on software to help control costs.

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Alcoa Base Case

Headquarters: 201 Isabella St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5858

Phone: (412) 553-4545

Business: World's leading producer of aluminum

Chief Information Officer: Rudolph P. Huber

Financials in 2001: $22.9 billion in sales, $1.6 billion in operating income, $908 million in net income

Challenge: Implement common set of software applications in support of corporate cost-reduction program

Baseline Goals:

  • Cut $1 billion in costs by the end of 2003
  • Eliminate most of 3,000 corporate applications and establish global software standard, based on Oracle 11i suite, by end of 2003
  • Drive sales, general and administrative costs down from 2001 level of $1.3 Billion

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