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- Professionality and creativity
- Collaboration on eye-level
Christian Hermann, Managing Director and ERP Project Manager, KRAH GROUP
KRAH GROUP, a leading manufacturer of wire-wound power resistors supplies numerous customers from various industries including automotive, household appliances, medical technology, drive-, railway- and industrial engineering as well as consumer electronics with electronic components. Companies like Ferrari, Audi, VW, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Opel, SIEMENS, BOSCH, Miele, Viessmann and many more rely on quality products from Drolshagen.
KRAH has become a global player with subsidiaries in Europe, Asia and the Americas. KRAH products are well-known for its consistently exceptional quality worldwide. At present, the company’s products are developed and manufactured by approximately 1,600 employees at 10 sites throughout the globe. In 2013 KRAH GROUP realized a turnover of about EUR 130 million.
Challenges and Benefits
- Unify and standardize all companywide processes and functions
- Optimize the inter-company business
- Transparent business processes suitable for the automotive industry
- Mapping of all processes in one integrated pre-configured solution
- Increase of scalability, high transparency for all data and information
- Permanent availability of all relevant information
- Implementation security thanks to proven SAP industry solution
- Investment security based on a future-proof ERP solution from the market leader SAP
- it.automotive supplier (the NTT DATA Business Solutions industry solution for the automotive supplier segment)
- SAP Application Hosting
About the Project
In July 2009 a target-oriented and cooperative partnership was formed: Together KRAH and NTT DATA Business Solutions started to draw up the implementation concept for the SAP landscape. NTT DATA Business Solutions implemented the SAP-based ERP industry solution ‘it.automotive supplier’ at the headquarters in Drolshagen and in five other accounting areas across Germany after just six months. The NTT DATA Business Solutions’ industry solution was adapted to the customer’s needs and had gone productive.
With it.automotive supplier based on SAP Business All-in-One, KRAH GROUP has a fully integrated automotive specific industry solution, which allows the company to seamlessly plan, steer and monitor logistical processes. From sales contract, submitted by EDI, through production planning and control to dispatch – KRAH’s entire supply chain is supported and a solid overview of financial and production figures is provided. Since the automotive supplier is very closely linked to the supply networks, interfaces to the Seeberger EDI converter build an optimal connection to external customer systems. This extra function simplifies the delivery and JIT processes according to VDA (Verband der Automobilindustrie) specifications with various automotive customers.
Nearly a year later, the HCM module for payroll administration and accounting was added. With SAP ERP KRAH also has a powerful analytical tool enhancing the company’s compliance with legal regulations.
Due to the smooth running of the project and fast implementation of the system, KRAH GROUP and NTT DATA Business Solutions planned the roll-out in two other German production plants one year later. The roll-out in a further three production plants in Slovenia took place 12 months later.
KRAH GROUP ensures synergies and benefits from NTT DATA Business Solutions’ SAP hosting knowhow. After go-live KRAH evaluated the option to run the SAP system in a data center and finally entrusted NTT DATA Business Solutions AG with the SAP Application Hosting. This way, KRAH enjoys reliable data protection and archiving concepts, future-proof hardware and software, a safe infrastructure and high availability of the whole SAP landscape in the NTT DATA Business Solutions data center at any time. With the help of NTT DATA Business Solutions’ support and service organization, KRAH can fully concentrate on its core business, while taking advantage of NTT DATA Business Solutions’ special know-how in SAP products and releases and enjoying maximum data security.
The manufacturer benefits from the scalable NTT DATA Business Solutions Application Management Service (AMS) and thus makes the IT processes efficient. Werner & Mertz can now fully concentrate on day-to-day business and rely on NTT DATA Business Solutions’ 24/7 on-call service.