Overview of the Client

Our client is a diversified chemical products manufacturer producing antifreeze, liquid methanol, ethylene oxide, runway dyeing agents, truck bed liners, deodorants, and automotive lubricants. The company manages over a dozen leading consumer and commercial brands across 60 countries.

Overview of the Client

Business Challenges and Objectives

  • The client was in the process of migrating to S/4HANA and required assistance to choose the best-suited SAP Planning Solution that is compatible with S/4HANA.
  • They were experiencing issues with their existing planning solution, which was manual, inflexible resulting in long closing and planning cycles.

TekLink was approached to:

  • Recommend ways to address their system issues.
  • Assist in the selection of the best SAP Planning solution compatible with S/4 HANA.
  • Device business roadmap to simplify integration and operation.

The Solution

TekLink provided a holistic solution including Advisory, Technical and Functional services. The holistic solution was multi-phased and involved assessments, recommendations, roadmaps, implementation, and maintenance.

  • Advisory Services
    • TekLink performed an assessment that included:
    • Holding workshops with different user groups to identify requirements and pain–points of the current planning process.
    • Liaising with S/4 Team members to understand plans and align roadmaps.
    • Reviewing existing planning team composition and responsibilities.
    • Evaluating existing technology stack to determine what is the most appropriate SAP tool for them.

 

  • Assessment documents were analyzed and the following were the findings:
    • The existing BPC solution although migrated from 7.5, was not optimally tuned to leverage the features of the 10.1 or the new EPM Add-In.
    • Several design flaws were identified that prevented the solution to scale to the changing and growing business.
    • Misconception prevailed regarding BPC among users.
    • Lack of training in reporting capabilities.

 

  • The client was provided with the following recommendations:
    • Retaining the existing BPC Version to ensure maximum ROI and future compatibility with S/4 HANA.
    • Improving BPC design by incorporating the advanced features to achieve more benefits.
    • Training client-end resources on available reporting capabilities.

 

  • Technical Services
    • Based on the assessment performed by TekLink, the Client had agreed to implement the following design changes:
    • Developing a flexible design.
    • Optimizing the financial reporting and planning solution.
    • Automating data loads from SAP to BPC.

 

  • Functional Services
    • TekLink assisted the Client team with data validation activities and testing scenarios, also held workshops to provide report writing training.

 

  • Application Managed Services
    • Post-implementation of the project TekLink continued to provide maintenance support and assisted the client with parallel closing processes.

Key Benefits

  • Increased confidence about the BPC Implementation and its future compatibility with S/4 HANA.
  • Avoided unnecessary investment on implementation of the new tool.
  • Smoother and faster planning and consolidation cycles.
  • Faster turnaround to incorporate changes for organizational alignments.
  • Increased reporting flexibility and user satisfaction.
  • Automated data loading process.

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