Galfa operates in real time with SAP HANA
Thanks to in-memory technology, SAP HANA allows Galfa GmbH to respond immediately to changes in the market, customer behavior and the production processes. Employees always have a current view of the constantly shifting business requirements.
“Access to reliable real-time data improves our planning accuracy and allows us to respond immediately to changes in the market, customer behavior and the production processes,” says Frank Herdeg, shareholder of Galfa GmbH, a midsize surface finishing company in Finsterwalde, Brandenburg. Herdeg achieved this comfortable situation for his company by migrating to SAP HANA, which was introduced following the successful implementation of an SAP Business-All-in-One solution. “With our new SAP ERP system, we laid the foundation for transparent and efficient processes and business figures,” he emphasizes. “Now SAP HANA on the basis of in-memory technology is providing us with far-reaching possibilities for the delivery of information.” The company will be able to generate significant competitive advantages on this basis going forward as well.
Reducing complexity, making decisions more quickly
The conversion to SAP HANA became necessary because business was getting increasingly more complex and fast-paced. Galfa GmbH is a specialist for tailor-made corrosion protection coating solutions. The company is fully integrated into the logistics chain of its customers in the automobile industry, construction, the hardware and electrical industries, metal construction and mechanical engineering. For the industrial service provider, just-intime delivery by its customers and processing/delivery on the same day has become a standard requirement in the meantime, especially for automotive clients. Highly individual solutions and pronounced competitive pressure are factors that push conventional ERP systems to their limits.
“The analysis of data, which keeps getting more demanding, has long since formed the basis of our management decisions for controlling,” explains Frank Herdeg. “Before we implemented SAP HANA, we obtained our key performance indicators in a variety of ways using different software tools. Every department had its individual approach, in part with significant manual effort, using separate and uncoordinated databases,” Herdeg explains. “This made processes and decisions take longer than necessary and led to inaccuracies as well as unproductive discussions. We wanted to rectify that.” Just like the SAP ERP implementation, the project for the migration to SAP HANA was awarded to the SAP partner and full-range IT service provider Sycor.
Thanks to successfully making the move to SAP HANA, all Galfa employees now have current information at all times about constantly changing business requirements: With the reports that now still have to be prepared, all departments will be supplied with the right data at the right time going forward. This means Company Management, Sales, Finance and Controlling will always be provided with the essential information needed for controlling and orientation. “Reports and visualisations in real time, detailed simulations and faster business processes – with SAP HANA, Galfa has great flexibility in the analysis of large data volumes and is able to make relationships transparent that used to remain largely concealed,” is how Oliver Reichardt, Sycor Project Manager, describes the results. “SAP HANA has laid the foundation for a company-wide business intelligence solution.” Action-oriented KPIs to ensure cost efficiency (budgets, process control, maintenance) and organisational further development can be mapped exactly.
Success through step-by-step implementation
The technical implementation of migrating the existing ERP system to SAP HANA with no significant customising or programming changes was realized with just a few hours of downtime. In doing so, the Göttingen SAP experts ensured that daily procedures at Galfa were not disrupted and processes continued running as usual. System improvements tailored to suit the company’s needs were subsequently implemented step-by-step together with the Galfa team, making some processes drastically faster.
“The decision in favor of SAP HANA as a strategic solution has really paid off. In-memory technology is a genuine competitive advantage for us. We are very satisfied with the new system and with Sycor as a partner,” Frank Herdeg emphasizes. The roll-out for the site in Kaniów, Poland started in November. There the system went live on January, 1 2016 without any problems.