Case Study: SAP ECC to S/4 HANA Migration

The ask

The Liberty team was brought in to provide ERP industry, enterprise technology implementation, and manufacturing industry expertise to lead a comprehensive ERP selection process that selected SAP S/4 HANA: Ultimately, the Liberty team was asked to stay on board to run the greenfield S/4 HANA software implementation for the client’s existing SAP ECC facilities.

The business problem

Over the previous several years, the client had grown significantly through acquisition: During this time, four different legacy ERP platforms were in use, some of which were custom, mainframe technology, with an aging workforce: These systems could not support the current businesses, and due to their lack of integration with one another, could not support the executive team’s vision of a truly global enterprise: Liberty was asked to bring ERP and manufacturing industry expertise to build a benefits case for the ERP program while running a software selection that would enable the company to realize its objectives.

The outcome

Liberty, partnering with the client executives, agreed upon a short list of ERP software vendors based on the client’s profile and objectives: Within a matter of weeks, Liberty and the client had narrowed down to two vendors to go through scripted demos: In just under three months total, Liberty and the client team were able to select SAP S/4 HANA, an implementation partner, prepare and validate a budget and benefits case for a multi-year program, and produced several other artifacts to support the implementation.

After supporting the board approval process, the client asked Liberty to maintain team members from selection to run the implementation of SAP S/4 HANA, which successfully brought live one of their largest manufacturing sites and 3PL distribution centers that operated on SAP ECC: Following this go-live, the team stayed on to help design the organizational structure to support the SAP S/4 HANA system, hire resources, and perform a knowledge transition to those resources.

About Liberty Advisor Group

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