Supporting the long-term business strategy, Marston’s embarked on a transition from SAP ERP to SAP S/4 HANA and SAP Digital Supply Chain (DSC), part of which included ‘Value Areas’ to provide additional benefit to the business through process re-engineering and/or taking advantage of new capabilities available in S/4 HANA and SAP DSC.
To ensure success, several key objectives were identified as needing to be delivered as part of the definition of this important transformation project:
Taking a strategic decision to move to S/4 by 2025, the time required to do that for multiple sites meant Marston’s had to start the project in 2019. The technical renovation of their IT landscape was a large driver.
Other strategic drivers included efficiency and removal of supply chain pain points and bottle necks, increasing process automation and reduction of administration and operating expenditure.
Since Marston’s first invested in SAP and implemented SAP Warehouse Management System for their warehouse, production and distribution sites, they have more than doubled capacity and been through significant periods of sustained growth. Marston's WMS was not only at the end of it's life due to the move to S/4, but it was also no longer able to meet the supply chain and operational needs of the business—resulting in numerous inefficiencies.
In order to avoid a 'big bang' scenario, as part of their S/4 HANA roadmap Marston’s identified and focused on two key Digital Supply Chain value drivers to progress with at the start of their journey.
During the Warehouse Management System selection process, Marston’s were able to confidently evaluate and make an informed decision on the most appropriate SAP platform to meet their strategic needs. They were also able to demonstrate how this underpinned the business systems, operations and IT, demonstrating how the platform would meet the individual key functional requirements and deliver benefit as a key value driver of the S/4 transformation.
The decision and transparent recommendation criteria presented by Rocket were clearly understood by Marston’s and helping support the business case production and securing of Capex for the project. The evaluation process clearly demonstrated the benefits of EWM advanced being the recommended platform over and above the other possible solutions and allowed Marston’s to understand the incremental benefits of this platform over the other solutions.
The whole process demonstrated how an S/4 digital supply chain project and roll out could be implemented in parallel with their existing SAP ECC system and support a stable transition state that was fully future-enabled as and when they moved to S/4 and the ERP components. The process also supported a site-by-site implementation, avoiding 'big bang', lowest risk and interruption to the business.
Ultimately, Marston’s were very confident that the platform decision was the right one.
Business Outcomes Highlights
— Phil Court, Head of Technology Delivery, Marston’s
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