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Innovative Fashion Company, Alpargatas, Selects Orchestra Networks’ EBX5 for Master Data Management

Customer MDM is the first phase for largest footwear and apparel manufacturer in Brazil

Paris, France and Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 23, 2015 — Orchestra Networks, a leading multidomain Master and Reference Data Management (MDM/RDM) vendor, today announced that Alpargatas, has acquired Orchestra Networks’ MDM/RDM software EBX5 to validate, manage and govern their master data. Customer master data management is the first phase in Alpargatas’ multiphase master data management program. Future domains include product, supplier and material.

Alpargatas is Brazil’s largest footwear and world-renowned apparel brands such as Havaianas, Dupé, Topper, Rainha, Mizuno, Timberland and Osklen. Alpargatas also operates a network of over 500 stores of brands Havaianas, Osklen, Timberland and Meggashop.

One of Alpargatas’ biggest challenges was maintaining a consistent and accurate, enterprise-wide source of information. With several enterprise applications, including SAP AFS and LINX, there were multiple sources of and diffuse control over master data. Alpargatas needed a solution to govern their master data, data relationships, hierarchies and integrate/distribute high-quality information to their applications and business users.

To address these master data management issues and build a strong foundation their MDM program Alpargatas chose Orchestra Networks’ master data management solution, EBX5. “At Alpargatas, we needed a solution that would completely satisfy the information management needs of our business users (brand managers, product marketers) without limiting us to the product or customer data.” Said Marcelo de Matheus, Information Architecture Manager at Alpargatas. “We evaluated the top MDM options and EBX5 stood out. Our business users evaluated EBX5 and loved its built-in capabilities for hierarchy/relationship management and workflow. The program team was excited because EBX5 did not lock us into one domain.”

“We are very proud to have been selected by Alpargatas, our big reference of the segments of footwear and apparel customer in Latin America. This is yet another example of how our multidomain MDM software, EBX5, can support the most sophisticated master data management use cases in globally oriented, fashion and apparel companies such as Alpargatas. We would also like to congratulate our Brazilian distributor DRZ in this victory. DRZ continues to be instrumental in developing our presence in Latin America.” Says Christophe Barriolade, CEO of Orchestra Networks. 

About Alpargatas

Alpargatas is the largest footwear and apparel manufacturing company in Latin America. Its growth strategy is focused on brand management. Together, Havaianas and Dupé lead the domestic sandals market. Aged 53, Havaianas is the Brazilian branded consumed with greater international recognition. Topper is the leader of sports shoes in Argentina. Mizuno has a significant presence in the brazilian market for running shoes with high performance and Timberland in shoes and outdoor lifestyle apparel. The portfolio is completed by Rainha, brazilian most traditional brand of sporting goods and Sete Leguas boots. The acquisition of Osklen in 2014 was an important step towards joining Alpargatas lifestyle fashion segment of luxury. To generate more value to their business, Alpargatas has exclusives retail stores by Havaianas, Timberland, Topper, Osklen, Meggashop and Outlet Alpargatas located in several countries.

About Orchestra Networks

Orchestra Networks (www.orchestranetworks.com) is a leading pure-play, independent master and reference data management software solution provider. The software, EBX5, enables business and technology users to model, master, govern and connect master data as diverse as customer, product, supplier, finance, HR, reference data, and more in a single end-to-end solution.