Suva insures half of Switzerland
As Switzerland’s largest accident insurer, Schweizerische Unfallversicherungsanstalt (Suva) is an important part of the Swiss social insurance system: 134,760 businesses and 2,182,000 individuals in full employment are insured against the consequences of accidents and illnesses, work-related or otherwise. In addition, Suva contributes to safety at work and in the private sphere through their prevention services. As is the case for other businesses, the ERP system is at the center of the key business processes at Suva. By migrating from SAP R/3 (ECC 6.0) to SAP S/4HANA, Suva has future-proofed its finance and logistics applications. As part of this project, the budgeting process was reviewed and redesigned.
Standardized, faster processes
“Our existing temporary budgeting solution was time-consuming and was used without appropriate system support,” explains Enrico Blumenthal, Head of Project S/4HANA Finance and Logistics at Suva. “We wanted to replace it with a new planning tool that could integrate the different financial planning processes and would simplify the budgeting process.”
Budgeting with SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC)
In the role of the SAP S/4HANA implementation partner, NTT DATA Business Solutions is supporting Suva holistically with this challenging project. After a detailed and comprehensive software evaluation, Suva decided to fundamentally remodel its complex budgeting process with the SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC). Due to the extremely tight schedule, the experienced consultants from NTT DATA Business Solutions recommended the implementation of an MVP (Minimum Viable Product) that would cover the key requirements for a budgeting tool. The MVP proved its capability in a number of areas, including user-friendly data entry, flexible authorization control, as well as a direct connection of the budgeting tool to SAP S/4HANA. It will be straightforward to implement further functions as and when required after an initial live phase.
Cooperation between partners imbued with team spirit
The Suva IT department designed the new budgeting process in close collaboration with the NTT DATA Business Solutions team and tested its feasibility with a proof of concept (PoC) exercise. Subsequently, the solution was implemented in the shortest possible time in cooperation with the IT department: The go-live took place after just three months, including testing and training. Our consultants placed the focus on the financial processes, once again in perfect collaboration with the customer’s staff. The use of SAC is due to be rolled out to further planning processes in the near future.
A flexible, expandable solution
The users at Suva are highly impressed by SAC: 55% of the end users stated that they had to spend considerably less time on planning with SAC than with the Excel-based solution. And almost 80% think that working in SAC Planning is simpler than with the previous planning solution.
The heads of Controlling and Planning are also delighted – particularly in view of the flexibility SAC offers. “Analyses, planning, forecasting: the solution facilitates all of this,” reports Enrico Blumenthal. “It has also enabled us to speed up our operational reporting. And not least, by conforming to the SAP standard and the SAP S/4HANA principles, we can count on operating costs remaining stable. With SAP Analytics Cloud, we have taken advantage of all the opportunities there are to improve our planning.”