As the maintenance for SAP ECC 6.0 will end by 2027 and the company wanted to develop their system further to be well equipped in future, they set out to further digitize and simplify business processes by converting to SAP S/4HANA in the most efficient way. Westernacher were there to help them every step of the way to ease the transition.
An integrated EWM system in S/4HANA forms an essential pillar in that construction. The organization, based in Lengerich, Germany, produces a broad range of machinery and equipment for extrusion, printing and conversion and they wanted an up-to-date system implemented in a short timescale to avoid any disruption to the day-to-day running of their business.
Following the go-live at the 2500-strong company at the beginning of November 2018, they are now in the midst of several reorganizational projects. The company is already reaping the rewards of the quick wins, simplicity and enhanced functionality that S/4HANA offers. What’s more, an analysis and reduction of obsolete customer-specific developments, as well as data cleansing and a conversion of historical data are enabled as a result.
In short, the migration to S/4HANA contributes to faster processes, real-time visibility, and increased contextual awareness, which greatly improves decision-making and cost effectiveness in a competitive business environment. The reorganization in the new technical platform will bring more and more value to the business.
Overall, it was a very smooth transition to SAP S/4HANA with new functionalities and processes implemented, followed by subsequent gradual optimization with Fiori apps being activated step-by-step. The company is keen to take advantage of the benefits of Fiori, which include increased employee productivity owing to its easy-to-use interfaces and intuitive workflow, greater workforce flexibility and improved mobile work capabilities, allowing mobile employees to work efficiently wherever and whenever.