For BMW, SAP S/4HANA is at the center of its multiyear project COSMIC, an ambitious new way that its finance IT team is developing to track data on its vehicles. The company’s decision to implement SAP S/4HANA in 2016 also made it one of the earliest adopters of the ERP system.
Future-Proofing the Project
The Central Solution for Stock Management, Invoicing, and Cost of Retail, or COSMIC, project needed to be built with data expansion in mind. Not surprisingly, Jakob Gajdzik, project manager, finance IT at BMW AG, said that “high performance was key” and that the expanded analytics possible within SAP S/4HANA were highly appealing.
Gajdzik explained that SAP S/4HANA has the right mixture of performance and value. His team did a sophisticated assessment of SAP S/4HANA and determined that migrating at that time would keep the total cost of ownership down while reducing future migration costs. “We wanted to future-proof our solution and to choose a product that was oriented toward new development,” Gajdzik said.
Fewer Logins and Happier Users
The finance IT team at BMW is a few years into the project and is already seeing the benefits of having a coherent, automated environment that delivers real-time analytics on its vehicles.
Ironically, the new system requires less user interaction than before because of the level of process automation the team was able to build in. Reducing user activity has been a positive development because it frees up more individuals to focus on high-value tasks. “It sounds a bit funny, but we’re quite happy that our users do not use the system directly that much anymore,” he explained.
Users familiar with the classic SAP interface have been able to quickly learn the new system. For users new to SAP, an SAP Fiori implementation allows Gajdzik’s team to create role-based interfaces, making it easier to introduce new users to the system.
Part Two of Four
This efficiency, data transparency, and improved user experience are already enhancing the business after part two of a four-part release schedule due to be completed in summer 2020. Gajdzik described the journey so far and offered some advice for others considering a similar path to SAP S/4HANA in a conversation with ASUG VP of Content Ann Marie Gray.
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