Digital transformation to SAP S/4HANA and digital supply chain for a nationwide network of cash-and-carry and delivery service wholesale outlets, serving large and small-scale companies in the hospitality industry, leisure facilities, caterers, large-volume users, company restaurants, petrol stations, small and medium-sized enterprises, small retail businesses, and the institutional market.
Supporting the business strategy to continue scale-up and stabilise operating margins, the supply chain required an overhaul to overcome current challenges, introduce greater controls and move towards common ways of working in order to ensure more consistent output, productivity and predictability.
The Solution & Approach
Working as part of a wider SAP S/4HANA transformation project led by a global system integrator, Rocket are providing specialist supply chain operations and SAP digital supply chain software expertise to this project.
Updating the current supply chain solution will bring greater reliability and consistency to the customer supply and provide greater controls and management to the warehouses. However, this project impacts significant change across all areas:
Systems - moving to SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM).
Technology - moving to SAP HANA and modernisation of operational technology.
Operations - improvement and standardisation of business process and ways of working.
People - change management across multiple sites.
Acknowledging the Change Management challenges, the project is using an MVP (Minimal Viable Product) approach, first targeting the core requirements and mitigation of priority pain-points currently impacting the supply chain.
The MVP approach provides a short time to value without deviating from the longer-term strategic needs and supporting the SAP HANA roadmap.
SAP Extended Warehouse Management will be used. Running on SAP HANA this WMS will be deployed as a decentral architecture to the SAP S/4 HANA ERP system, ensuring scalability and responsiveness in the digital supply chain operations.
Creating an efficient mobile workforce is an essential aspect of the project. The supporting warehouse mobile infrastructure will be updated, including modern android based industrial mobile (RF) devices and printers allowing them to support new labels.
Other operational technology, such as the warehouse automation, will be addressed with alignment to standard SAP EWM business processes and greater integration of system and operational activities.
Accurate representation of the warehouse layout will drive up customer service by using layout-oriented processes and the creation of system driven work allocation.
Areas included in the MVP are:
Managing Change Management is a key success criterion with a prioritisation of mitigating current pain points while building a platform for longer term capability supporting the SAP HANA roadmap.
Anticipated benefits of the approach and solution are:
The goal of this project was to migrate the entire SAP Suite on HANA landscape to Microsoft Azure Cloud Services.
To deliver this business system migration they looked for a UK based consultancy and system implementation partner with expertise in SAP HANA ERP solutions and operating these in hyperscale environments (Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform), with a proven SAP migration methodology and strong experience and understanding of working with manufacturing and engineering businesses.
Having previously created an independent SAP Business Suite on HANA ERP as part of an SAP landscape transformation carve-out to serve the independent UK entity and isolate the processes and data, Rocket worked with the client on the next stage of their SAP HANA roadmap to create a scalable futureproofed cloud SAP HANA landscape, allowing the complete migration of the 3-tier on-premise SAP Business Suite on HANA to Microsoft Azure.
The combination of SAP HANA and Azure now provides a scalable platform for our client to leverage their data effectively, providing data driven insights and management with the necessary capabilities to enhance business agility going forward.
The Rocket SAP Cloud migration methodology will be used to Prepare & Migrate the SAP ERP environment onto the Microsoft Azure HANA landscape. The approach reduces business downtime, allowing all production migration steps to be completed outside operating hours and maintain business data and process continuity. Change management impact to the end-users is practically zero, which is a huge benefit.
Integrity of all interfaces to external systems, including the global parent SAP landscape is maintained along with the necessary Information and Communications Technology Security standards, data isolation and security which is preserved throughout.
“Driving down IT costs, faster, simpler processes and IT management and landscape and the creation of a more independent, scalable, and cost-effective infrastructure are the key objectives of the project.”
-SAP & IT Manager
A refreshing outlook from this forward-thinking business, that will bring many benefits to the business and workforce.
The business has a large mobile workforce across multiple worldwide locations, compounded by very seasonal demand requiring a significant contingent workforce during the peak periods.
As with every business, optimising operating processes for efficiency, accuracy and cost are central to this project. However, this project is taking a more cutting-edge approach with an appreciation of the additional workforce benefits to be gained from the creation of an enhanced UX implementation.
The project goals include:
The adopted solution needs to be robust, scalable, high performance and not add technical complexity.
The project is running as part of a wider program in which the business is undergoing a business systems and process transformation around the implementation of SAP S/4 HANA platform and as such needs to take advantage of the latest S/4 development techniques to drive up performance for the high throughput operation.
The Approach - Rocket Design & Operation Thinking Mobile UX Design Methodology
Selected as the specialist SAP mobility partner for all aspects of the mobile solution. Chosen for our Enterprise Mobility approach, methodology and know-how combined with our SAP EWM experience and turn-key mobility services and extensive innovation IP:
Benefits of Approach
Using the Rocket Design & Operational Thinking UX Design Methodology puts the user at the centre of the design process to ensure the user persona and user experience is designed considering all the necessary aspects to ensure a robust, fit for purpose, high performance outcome.
The overall solution is being built on the SAP Digital Supply Chain platform, Extended Warehouse Management (EWM), with the mobile execution.
The project includes optimisation and extension of standard EWM mobile transactions and the development of bespoke tailored mobile processes.
Mobile device selection and deployment will be carried out with the benefit of the Rocket mobile technology SAP provisioning library and SAP Digital Supply Chain mobile device validation program.
Benefits of Solution
The solution keeps the core SAP EWM application and technical architecture standard, ensuring ease of support, performance and compatibility with the SAP roadmap & release strategy.
The Rocket Mobile UX framework is built on SAP ITS mobile and keeps the solution 100% on-premise and without any middleware, while providing significant uplift to the standard capability and resulting benefits to the operation and mobile workforce:
As part of their continued UK growth, LDH has commissioned a new distribution centre, to be built in Suffolk, UK. The warehouse will be highly automated, including a Swisslog ASRS (Automated Storage & Retrieval System), high bay cranes, monorails, automated checks (pallet structure) and pallet wrappers.
“In dealing with Rocket I took great comfort in that they understood my industry and my business instantly. I felt that Rocket listened and were experts in their business understanding, speaking my language, taking the time to understand the goals and business outcomes I needed to achieve. Even before we made our formal partner selection Rocket were very willing to go the extra mile to help, they have become a trusted sounding board.
Rocket have a mature approach to multi-vendor projects and very strong warehouse automation knowledge. Their methodology helped us establish a clearly defined and effective collaboration between Rocket our EWM partner & our automation provider Swisslog.
Since starting the project in July, Rocket have lived up to their promises, having put in place a strong, experienced team who are very aligned to the ‘Rocket’ ways of working that we expected from the pre-sales engagements with them. The Blueprint workshops are running well, to a very good level of detail and the consultants are all extremely knowledgeable.” Mark Anson, IT Director, LDH (La Doria) Ltd.The Challenge
Part of an overall program covering the DC construction, fit-out, automation and Warehouse Management software and technology.
LDH, who are an existing SAP ERP user, were keen to retain the benefits of an integrated SAP landscape and have selected the SAP Extended Warehouse Management platform to control the entire operation at the new distribution centre. This is where Rocket has been selected as the preferred partner to bring its valuable experience and expertise and lead the full implementation lifecycle of the SAP EWM aspects of the program and lean on their project methodology to integrate closely with the overall program, including close collaboration with Swisslog for the automation integration to ensure the Key Operational Performance Targets can be met and sustained.Business Outcomes
SAP EWM will be used to meet an extensive scope including the following highlights:
The project includes fully integrated mobile execution of which Rocket are also responsible, providing the SAP EWM mobile solution which will leverage the SAP EWM RF Framework and ITS mobile through Rockets turn-key SAP mobility provisioning framework including mobile devices, software and content libraries.
The project will use the following Rocket EWM project accelerators and benefit from numerous pre-built EWM add-ons ‘Rocket Packs’:
EWM Overview Training – accelerating LDH project understanding of SAP EWM
Blueprint Accelerator – using Rocket rapid deployment content to accelerate To-Be process design and understanding of future ways of working.
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