Schaltbau Set for Success with SAP Business ByDesign

Supplier of electromechanical products ready to implement SAP’s SaaS suite

Feltham, UKSAP UK & Ireland today announced that Schaltbau, an internationally active supplier of electromechanical products for traffic engineering and industrial applications has selected SAP Business ByDesign for its UK operations to help create more efficient processes across its business.

Machine Electrics was originally formed in 1968 in Stockport and was acquired in 2008 by Schaltbau GmbH, based in Munich, Germany. Machine Electrics had a twenty year old Unix based system called Aquila in place to support its business processes. In 2007, customers were told that from the end of 2010, Aquila would no longer be supported although an alternative was offered. The Schaltbau acquisition meant that the company was now increasingly focused on manufacturing rather than a 50% split between manufacturing and distribution and the team at Schaltbau believed that the alternative product offered could not support the business in the manner it wanted.

“I originally looked at SAP three years ago, at the Business One solution with a manufacturing bolt-on. We didn’t go ahead at the time because we didn’t get executive buy in to move away from our existing system. However following that, our system was becoming increasingly out of date and with the support also expiring, we decided it was definitely time to invest in another solution,” said Philip Hutchinson, Managing Director, Schaltbau Machine Electrics Ltd.

Hutchinson continued, “As well as other vendors, we went back to SAP and they suggested that Business ByDesign might be a good fit for us. We were impressed with the browser interface and the fact that we don’t need to have servers on premise. As a small company, it is important that we save money and time wherever possible so having SAP manage our IT system works perfectly for us. The go-live will be monumental for us. We anticipate we will have timely access to information across the organisation to allow us to make accurate, speedy decisions we have never been able to do before.”

Stephen Read, Director of SME at SAP United Kingdom & Ireland said; “We’re truly delighted that Schaltbau has selected the SAP Business ByDesign solution. Because it is a full SaaS suite, we are able to support not only the sales, finance and HR functions in Schaltbau’s head office in Stockport, but we will also be able to manage the manufacturing processes in Wales and provide a truly integrated system across both sites to ensure the team has accurate information. We will work closely with the customer to ensure this implementation is a huge success.”

“The head office in Germany currently uses SAP R3 and they were keen for us to go with SAP. The team is monitoring to see how this implementation goes and if it’s successful, they may roll out SAP Business ByDesign to other subsidiaries. We’re ready and excited for the go-live, which is expected for mid-November,” concluded Hutchison.

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