SAP produced as cloud service improves dynamics of ABB’s processes
The SAP enterprise resource planning system has been in use at ABB since the end of the 1990s. In 2008, all units in ABB implemented the ERP system multiplying capacity needs. The need for additional capacity was essential for the smooth function and process process operation. However, the limits of the old platform were soon reached, meaning the company needed a new solution for ERP.
The new system, Tieto’s Dynamic SAP Landscape, includes off-the-shelf implementation models, processes and tools. ERP delivered as a cloud service enables the flexible use of capacity and 24/7 availability of services.
“Along with the system we acquired a considerable increase in capacity. That is directly visible to users. Processing times for transactions and batch runs have been reduced significantly. The dynamics have also improved. Refreshing the system used to require a time commitment; now, we can build sandbox environments faster and run them down smoothly,” says Hannu Jaatinen.
Maintenance and service costs reduced
According to Jaatinen, it is good to have all the different applications from different business units in the same server platform.
“It standardizes the production and management of services. We can now allocate resources for actions and functions more efficiently. We aim to convert this into a reduction in the cost level.”
Mr Jaatinen is also pleased with the shorter maintenance windows in the new system architecture. Refreshing the system is now more convenient and effortless, which also shows in the amount of costs.
“The maintenance and service costs have been reduced. The dynamics also allow for the development of new functions and the business units can request new tasks,” says the Master Data Manager.
Project completed with good cooperation
The implementation project of the new system lasted about five months. The migration began in December 2010 and the implementation was completed during Easter 2011.
“The project was demanding, but we stayed on schedule. We were able to match our project management model with Tieto, and the cooperation was excellent in other ways. Both parties had a good routine in supervision. Implementations are demanding projects where good communication skills and stretching are required from all parties. Good personal chemistry is important,” says Mr Jaatinen.
The SAP enterprise resource planning system has been in use at ABB since the end of the 1990s. In 2008, all business units implemented the ERP system multiplying the capacity needs. The need for additional capacity was essential for the smooth operation of the company’s functions and processes. However, the limits of the old platform were soon reached, meaning the company needed a new solution for ERP.
The new system includes off-the-shelf implementation models, processes and tools. ERP delivered as a cloud service enables the flexible use of capacity and 24/7 availability of services. With Dynamic SAP Landscape, companies can use the applications without investing in hardware or technological expertise.
The unlimited capacity has significantly reduced the processing times of transactions and batch runs. Dynamics have also improved. ABB can build sandbox environments faster than before and run them down smoothly. Maintenance and service costs have also reduced.
ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries.