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- Best practice template
- Rapid implementation
Joe Campisi, Vice President of Information Technology/CIO, Armored AutoGroup
Armored AutoGroup, Inc. (AAG) is primarily comprised of the Armor All® and STP® brands. The current Armor All product line of protectants, wipes, tire and wheel care products, glass cleaners, leather care products and washes are designed to clean, shine and protect interior and exterior automobile surfaces.
The STP product line of oil and fuel additives, functional fluids and automotive appearance products has a broad customer base ranging from professional racers to car enthusiasts and “Do-it-Yourselfers.” The company is based in Danbury, Connecticut.
Challenges and Benefits
- Separation from the parent company
- A new SAP ERP plattform
- Full incident tracking in the NTT DATA Business Solutions ISP system
- Change control meetings established and used as a vehicle to drive change into live system
- Transport window established (once per week)
- Tightening of documentation to support audit process
- SAP financial and supply chain modules including EDI, Business Intelligence (BW/ BOBJ) and Advanced Planning and Optimizing (APO)
About the Project
Armored AutoGroup (AAG) considered a number of options. The company ultimately selected NTT DATA Business Solutions as its implemementation partner since it was a one-stop-shop and included a best practice template that allowed for rapid implementation. NTT DATA Business Solutions worked with AAG to migrate its financials to SAP and began running that part of their business in SAP. After the financials group rapidly experienced numerous benefits and, knowing that NTT DATA Business Solutions could provide the necessary SAP elements to support a quick transition from the parent company to the desired self-standing operation, AAG promptly decided to migrate other business functions. In November 2011, the company embarked on the ultimate system go-live.
NTT DATA Business Solutions helped AAG implement the SAP financial and supply chain modules including EDI, Business Intelligence (BW/BOBJ) and Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO). After a successful implementation, AAG began enhancing and optimization their business processes and SAP landscape by rolling out additional ECC functionality, including extending their use of BW/BOBJ.
In 2012, AAG and NTT DATA Business Solutions’ AMS organization began the process of framing a long-term strategic partnership focused on AAG’s long-term SAP Run Strategy. During that time, AAG and NTT DATA Business Solutions agreed to a “stepped down” methodology to gradually reduce the number of “run” hours AAG used each month.
This transformation was executed over two years. Through the trusted partnership, NTT DATA Business Solutions was able to efficiently and effectively guide AAG through the entire process.
NTT DATA Business Solutions has been a trusted SAP support partner to Meritor WABCO since its initial SAP implementation. We and Meritor WABCO decided that the company would be best served by transitioning to a full Application Management Outsourcing model to increase internal customer satisfaction.