S/4 HANA

Thursday 28th March 2019 at 9:30am - 4:00pm

Birmingham City University, Birmingham

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Marlow Foods well known for their Quorn branded market leading meat substitute, has recently gone live with SAP S/4HANA. Join David Bigley, Head of IT, Marlow Foods, who will share his experiences of their SAP transformation journey.

S/4HANA is now integrated into key processes enabling their vision to become a $1bn global business. As a result the business has been able to re-align their organisational structures to better reflect the changes in financial controlling and reporting to support the evolution of their business supported by, streamline workflows, reduce waste, improve channel and market responsiveness, and improve the supply chain with real-time data. Ultimately, the new SAP Platform will help to build closer customer and partner relationships in order to sustain the growth objectives of the organisation.

After an initial RFP process launched to convert to SAP Suite on HANA, Marlow Foods after support from itelligence in understanding the real impact of conversion, cost, time to benefit and lack of transformation it offered, opted for a new implementation of S/4HANA, over a system conversion. Not only as their business had changed significantly since the original SAP installation, the project costs provided greater efficiency in the single step to S/4 compared to going through the Suite on Hana conversion. There was also a significant reduction in business disruption with a clean transition to S/4 compared with the lengthy down time of converting a live ERP landscape which controls 24x7 food production.

Specifically, the presentation will cover:

  • The routes to S/4HANA
  • The criteria used to select a new implementation vs conversion
  • The reasons for moving to SAP S/4HANA
  • Project experiences of implementing S/4HANA
  • The benefits now being realised
  • Lessons Learned

The SAP S/4 HANA project delivered a full suite solution comprising; Finance & Controlling, Manufacturing, Sales and Distribution, Procurement, Supply Chain and Logistics. The solution was further augmented with itelligence IP for master data management and document scanning and automation solutions for vendor invoice management and order management. The project was delivered using the Activate Methodology and serves the Marlow Global business comprising UK manufacturing and distribution, European, South African, US and Australian distribution and sales businesses.

The project was run by itelligence who have more than 200 international clients actively involved in SAP S/4HANA Finance and Enterprise Management projects.

Mike Longden from SAP will present the following two sessions:

Session 1 – Business Update with the following more Functional topics

  • SAP Strategy for the Intelligent Enterprise specifically S/4HANA
  • S/4HANA Market Status
  • S/4HANA Roadmap including S/4HANA Pricing

Session 2 – Technical Session

  • S/4HANA Architecture and Release/Maintenance strategy
  • System Conversion and Managing Simplifications
  • SAP Readiness Check
  • Summary of hints and tips

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