After glancing at the session schedule for this year’s Americas’ SAP Users’ Group (ASUG) conference, held last week in Orlando, panic set in. How could the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort produce enough Starbucks for me to counteract yawn-inducing titles like “BPC for Financial Sales & Operational Planning”? Thankfully, there was plenty of hot java to go around, but it wasn’t needed. Asics, Dow Corning, Harley-Davidson and Under Armour were presenting – and I had a front-row seat. With methodical precision and unbridled passion, each presenter told his or her company’s unique story, touching upon IT themes that will be all the rage at SAP TechEd 2010 Las Vegas.
As a leading designer of and manufacturer of running shoes, athletic footwear, apparel and accessories, Asics struggled with its SKU count, which was growing rapidly each season. Without active style filtering or real time ad hoc reporting, Asics’ planning cycle was cumbersome at best. In an effort to reduce its planning cycle, provide extensive reporting functionality, and create a collaborative environment for users, Asics turned to the SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation application. The results speak for themselves, as Asics was able to reduce its planning cycle by 50 percent, from three weeks down to one and a half. But that was just the beginning according to Brian Hsu, SAP BW BPC specialist at Asics.
“We developed a streamlined process and increased synergies across departments,” said Hsu. “The user-friendly UI looks like an Excel interface but it’s more robust for users. Now they can easily calculate additional values in micro and macro environments.”
Hsu also said SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation enables extensive reporting functionality. Asics accounting, for instance, is able to distribute reports quickly and easily to the Web, which reduces the large amount of memory that e-mail attachments consume. Asics can also produce complex financial statement packages on the fly; what used to take accountants a few days to produce now requires five minutes. Due to the successful deployment and adoption of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, Hsu said Asics will be upgrading to version 7.0 of the application in the near future. To learn more about SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation at SAP TechEd 2010 Vegas, go HERE.
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