Intelligent reporting on the latest company developments is crucial in reacting quickly to changes in the market. Electrolux faced the challenge of harmonizing its IT infrastructure and migrating important processes and performance indicators for its planning processes to a central business intelligence platform. In KPS, Electrolux found the ideal experienced professionals for such complex projects.
In the keenly contested market for household appliances, discount negotiations and tight margins are key controlling factors. The household appliances manufacturer Electrolux had to adapt its planning processes because the system landscape had grown due to acquisitions in different countries and, as a result, lacked transparency.
Once SAP ERP had been rolled out in the individual countries, the new planning processes had to be created and implemented consistently across the group – a complex procedure for data on over 10,000 products in 32 countries. “Country-specific monthly planning previously took an average of three to five person days,” states Peter Messetter, Head of Finance Solutions. “We need quick, regular, standardized results and statements on real margins categorized by products and countries.”
KPS experts provided the manufacturer with outstanding support in establishing a consistent, faster, and more transparent planning process. The consultants displayed a wealth of experience with transformation projects, process optimization, and in the SAP environment. A new business intelligence strategy with global end-to-end processes and performance indicators were implemented.
In financial and budget planning, throughput times were reduced and the data quality of Europe-wide processes was improved. The standardized processes can now be run centrally in an efficient and targeted manner. Instead of four to five days, financial and sales planning now takes just half a day.
“Thanks to the Rapid Transformation® Method, our employees were able to get to grips with the new system very early on in the project. This allowed our users to quickly identify the benefits and embrace the new IT landscape,” sums up Messetter.
With the new business intelligence platform, Electrolux now benefits from quicker and clearer end-to-end planning processes and budget overviews.