Case Studies

Kaavian has many successful projects to its credit – in both implementation and support. These projects have helped the company carve a niche for itself in the industry.

Case studies reinforce how Kaavian leverages the latest technologies and provides SAP solutions that are aligned with specific business goals of its clients.

 

AP solutions were implemented for one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. The project was carried out in partnership with its parent organization.

The main objective was to implement a state-of-the-art solution to integrate processes and operations spread over US and Canada and accommodate industry specific needs. Also, leveraging new solutions to improve customer service, and reduce response-times from days to hours was focused upon.

All core business processes in the supply chain module were implemented. Work flow was used for approval procedures. Client specific programs and MIS reports were also developed.

SAP was decidedly the best choice for the ERP package because of the following aspects:

  • Advanced best-of-breed, out-of the- box functionality
  • Seamless integration with existing systems and customers/vendors and business intelligence software, lowering total
  • cost of ownership
  • User-friendly interfaces
  • Support for future growth

Some vital business processes addressed during the implementation were:

  • Mass maintenance of sales orders
  • Handle to split the incoming purchase (sales) order based on specific criteria
  • Handle to split the outgoing sales order based on specific criteria
  • Powerful codes to handle more than 3000 sales orders per day
  • File Extracts on Material masters and BOMs
  • ALV Reports which ran up to five drill down levels
  • Automated flow of WBS into Sales Order based on Custom Criteria.

The total project implementation time was 22,300 man hours, and the total number of consultants involved at any point in time was 27.

Major benefits on completion of the project were:

  • Increased sales revenues; thanks to greater ability to anticipate and meet demand
  • Improved customer satisfaction, and reduced the amount of canceled orders
  • Overnight invoicing
  • Short customer response times
  • Tremendous flexibility for strategic inventory
  • Maneuverability.

Some of the key challenges faced while carrying out the project were:

  • Replacing non-integrated legacy systems that were developed in-house
  • Overcoming inefficiencies of decentralized business and production processes.

The apparel and footwear business is highly challenging. Trends are created overnight. There is relentless pressure on price, cost, and lead times. The business has to contend with constant changes in the global environment.

Today, apparel and footwear companies are increasingly assuming the role of coordinator for both internal and intercompany processes as their core competencies shift away from production, and steadily move toward planning, controlling, and monitoring textiles in the value chain. Areas such as product development, raw material and finished goods requirements planning, production planning, coordination and control, transport optimization and monitoring, and quality assurances are taking on more importance, and thus tend to remain at headquarters. As a result, the information flow and collaboration among partners in the textile supply chain (logistics service providers, textile manufacturers, contractors, agents, and so on) are becoming more critical to the success of apparel and footwear companies.

AFS – Industry Solution
SAP Apparel and Footwear Solutions (AFS) is focused on the apparel and footwear industry. In the standard categorization of SAP AFS industry specific solutions, AFS is categorized under ‘Consumable Products’. SAP AFS is built on the SAP Core with valuable extra functionalities to support the specific needs of the apparel and footwear industry. Among these are the ability to handle sizes (grids), categorize products based on their common features like countries importing the goods, quality grades of the product, etc.

SAP AFS Key Features

AFS Grid functionality:
Handling materials in sizes is a special requirement in the apparel and footwear industry. This is achieved with AFS Grid functionality. AFS grids are three dimensional in nature. In other words, there can be three variables maintained in the grid value.

Categories – are used extensively in AFS to categorize products which posses the same characteristics. For example, the same product can be graded as Quality-A and Quality-B after quality checks. These products will have different market values and customer demand patterns. This can be easily replicated in SAP AFS using categories. The requirement and the supply will be handled based on the category allocation.

Seasonality – is probably the most important aspect of the apparel and footwear trade. The same product can change its characteristics based on the season. For example, the color or some label details might change with the season. This is where AFS seasonality comes into play. Seasonality is especially prominent in the SD (Sales and Distribution) module.

SAP AFS – Key Business Process
Sales and Distribution Scenarios

  • Sales Order Processing
  • Finished Goods Cross Company
  • Pre-Order
  • Rush Order
  • Purchase to Order
  • Third Party Order

Material Management Scenarios

  • Finished Goods and Raw Materials Sourcing
  • Subcontracting
  • Warehouse Management
  • Stock Management

Production Planning Scenarios

  • Make to Stock
  • Make to Order
  • Cross Plant / Cross Company Code Manufacturing
  • External Processing in Production
  • Combined Orders

Client
The client is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of luggage casual bags, business cases and travel-related products. SAP America served as the implementation partner to help the company realize its global strategic objectives, and execute its mission of providing innovative solutions for the traveling world.

The main focus was on the implementation of SAP for the company’s Canada and US locations. This helped in integrating and globalizing their retail and wholesale businesses, reducing IT costs and deployment risks, and enhancing their ability to compete in the global marketplace. SAP’s industry-leading Retail, Consumer Packaged Goods Manufacturing and Financial solutions enhanced the critical business processes, including global sourcing, distribution, transportation/logistics, product innovation, inventory visibility, financial transparency and compliance.

Using SAP was a Key Advantage
Different applications like JD Edwards and Island Pacific were used for different processes of the business. To integrate all these information and data from different locations, SAP has been implemented. SAP Apparel and Footwear Solution (AFS) seamlessly integrated the business requirement of manufacture of molded luggage and baggage, which varied with different dimensions and characteristics. SAP Version ECC 5.0 with AFS module was used in the implementation of the project.

Supply Chain and FICO modules were also implemented. All the business processes provided by these SAP modules were also implemented successfully.

Benefits Achieved

  • Integrated different sites, thus maintaining a centralized database
  • Integrated various business processes with AFS Module, avoiding various applications
  • Online transactions with banks by means of SAP FI-Bank Accounting
  • Effective asset management with the help of SAP FI-Asset Accounting
  • Automated sales process right from the receipt of sales order.

A total of 10,000 man hours were spent on the project with a workforce of 13 resources.

SAP All-In-One ERP Package for High-tech Industry
In the high-tech industry, intensifying competition and rapidly evolving products make speed and accuracy as basic business necessities. In this environment, companies need sophisticated systems and tools for handling everything – from production to customer services. To succeed, the companies must deliver a wide range of products on time, and in line with defined specifications. Besides technical expertise, they must also draw on powerful management resources, and be highly adaptable and innovative. To satisfy customer needs, the companies must be capable of responding to changes no matter where they occur in the product life cycle.

Software companies investigating the use of integrated application software packages to meet their sales and distribution needs often find that their specific requirements are not met by standard products. Software companies’ sales and distribution systems must be capable of handling a wide range of product licensing, billing, maintenance, and service arrangements.

Challenges abound for Small and Midsize Enterprises (SME) competing in today’s dynamic business environments. They must be more efficient and competitive as the pressures on personnel, financial, and IT resources continue to grow. For survival and growth, enterprise systems must be both excellent and adaptable. They must empower their people with the latest information, applications and services to make better business decisions. Lack of sufficient financial, technical, and personnel resources to implement these solutions can, however, become a huge constraint in implementing enterprise IT solutions.

Therefore, the need of the hour is a hassle-free path to an agile SAP implementation that combines best-practice business processes with manageable risk, reduced timelines, affordable costs and, most importantly, minimal business disruption.

Smarttech HighTech Industry Solution
SmartTech HighTech Industry Solutions automate and streamline business processes in high-tech companies worldwide. These are a set of solutions that help high-tech Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), Semiconductor and Component Manufacturers, Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) and Software Providers run their businesses better.
SmartTech HighTech Industry Solutions can gain visibility across the entire value chain, empowering clients to make more efficient and timely decisions. They minimize implementation time and risk – so clients can rapidly build an adaptive business network – seize new revenue streams, and respond to changing market conditions. And all th

Smarttech HighTech Key Features

Software License
A software license represents an agreement between a vendor and a customer for a product. Consequently, each license includes only one product reference.
SmartTech HighTech software license is represented by a serial number, which can be created as a line item in a standard sales document. Clients can also create a software license in an inquiry, depending on the business process involved.

IBASE Database 
The Installed Base (IBASE) database contains software license information. Each license is identified in the IBASE by a key consisting of both the software material master number and serial number. The material number refers to a record for the software product in the SAP material master. The serial number is assigned either by client or by the system according to client’s custom settings.

Types of information recorded in the IBASE for each license number:

  • Equipment number
  • Current and historical sales document numbers
  • Current and historical service document numbers
  • Business partners
  • Configuration information
  • Status

Smarttech HighTech for Fabless Semiconductor Manufacturing
SmartTech HighTech for Fabless Semiconductor is an extension and enhancement of standard SAP functionality designed specifically for the semiconductor industry.

The enhancements include:

  • Process order maintenance – includes process order split for manufacturing process orders in different locations or
    with different methods, process order merger to combine two orders for processing, and rework insert and restart to
    permit the reworking of all or part of a process order.
  • Batch traceability – includes the ability to copy data and values from one batch to another, to perform batch characteris
    tic searches across batch class types and materials, and to report on the genealogy of a batch.
  • Quality management – includes enhanced chart monitoring, the ability to use Western Electric Rules, and to create
    cross-operational and material custom parameters.

Distributor Reseller Management (DRM)
DRM is designed to enable an enterprise to successfully meet business challenges associated with the distribution and resale of high technology products such as computer systems, semiconductors, networks, peripherals, software, and other electronic devices. These products reach end users through a chain of intermediaries that share complex relationships with manufacturers and suppliers.

Smarttech HighTech – Key Business Process

Time-to-Market
Product Development and CollaborationPrototype DevelopmentProduct Data Collaboration with SubcontractorECM – for Make-to-Stock (MTS) ProductionECM – for Configure-to-Order (CTO) Production

Procure-to-Pay
H88: Quality Management in Procurement

Plan-to-Make
SOP, Long Term Planning and Capacity EvaluationMTS – Production with Ext. Processing and Serial NosMTS – Production with Batch Mgmt, WM, and HUMMTS – Production with Prod. Versions and KanbanMTO – Production with Repetitive Manuf., 3rd-Party Order Procurement and SubcontractingMTO – Production with Serialization/RosettaNet (RN) – SAP XI Integration

Quote-to-Cash
CTO – Production with Variant Configuration (VC) and Assembly ProcessingCTO – Production with VC and Credit Limit CheckCTO – Production with VC and Legal ControlCTO – Production with VC and Material Variant

After Sales Support
Service Management – On-Site ServiceService Management – Repairs at Plant / Repair Order ProcessingService Management – Material Exchange ProcessingService Management – Returns Processing and RefurbishmentService Management – Spare Parts Sales Order Processing

Enterprise Management & Support
SAP NetWeaver Portal – Sales RepresentativeSAP NetWeaver Portal – Purchasing AgentSAP NetWeaver Portal – Plant ManagerSAP NetWeaver Portal – Production SupervisorAnalytics for High Tech

Integration
SmartTech HighTech Industry Solution supports sufficient integration with Financial Accounting and Controlling the Internal Accounting, which helps the consumer products companies identify the place of cost occurrence in their organization.

Affordable Solution for Midsize Companies
The SmartTech HighTech Industry Solution is a highly practical approach to deploying a world-class system and establishing business operations that provide the best advantages of application software and business practices without the effort of rediscovery and customized design. The results are predictable; time and cost are known in advance, and risk and business disruption is minimized. Since the solution is delivered as a complete, demonstrable system with full documentation, clients’ personnel can focus on project execution rather than system design, limiting the interruption to regular responsibilities, and attendant disruption to the business during the project.

Companies can purchase the solution to automate and streamline business processes globally, as well as easily integrate merged or acquired organizations into core operations. At the same time, businesses can purchase the SAP NetWeaver platform to rapidly respond to changing market opportunities – making the most of ever-shortening product life cycles – by quickly rolling out new SAP applications, integrating other applications, and developing composite applications.

Moreover, the business advantages that led clients to make the ERP investment can be realized sooner. Some of these include better end-to-end process and supply chain visibility, improved process efficiencies, enhanced ability of the enterprise to capitalize on growth opportunities with scalable solution, improved asset utilization, performance, and improved transaction efficiency.

For more information on SmartTech High Tech Industry package visit www.smartsoftus.com.

Smartsoft is ready with its SAP Consumer Products Industry package to meet the needs of small and midsized enterprises.

SAP All-In-One ERP Package for High-tech Industry
In the high-tech industry, intensifying competition and rapidly evolving products make speed and accuracy as basic business necessities. In this environment, companies need sophisticated systems and tools for handling everything – from production to customer services. To succeed, the companies must deliver a wide range of products on time, and in line with defined specifications. Besides technical expertise, they must also draw on powerful management resources, and be highly adaptable and innovative. To satisfy customer needs, the companies must be capable of responding to changes no matter where they occur in the product life cycle.

Software companies investigating the use of integrated application software packages to meet their sales and distribution needs often find that their specific requirements are not met by standard products. Software companies’ sales and distribution systems must be capable of handling a wide range of product licensing, billing, maintenance, and service arrangements.

Challenges abound for Small and Midsize Enterprises (SME) competing in today’s dynamic business environments. They must be more efficient and competitive as the pressures on personnel, financial, and IT resources continue to grow. For survival and growth, enterprise systems must be both excellent and adaptable. They must empower their people with the latest information, applications and services to make better business decisions. Lack of sufficient financial, technical, and personnel resources to implement these solutions can, however, become a huge constraint in implementing enterprise IT solutions.

Therefore, the need of the hour is a hassle-free path to an agile SAP implementation that combines best-practice business processes with manageable risk, reduced timelines, affordable costs and, most importantly, minimal business disruption.

Smarttech HighTech Industry Solution
SmartTech HighTech Industry Solutions automate and streamline business processes in high-tech companies worldwide. These are a set of solutions that help high-tech Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), Semiconductor and Component Manufacturers, Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) and Software Providers run their businesses better.
SmartTech HighTech Industry Solutions can gain visibility across the entire value chain, empowering clients to make more efficient and timely decisions. They minimize implementation time and risk – so clients can rapidly build an adaptive business network – seize new revenue streams, and respond to changing market conditions. And all th

Smarttech HighTech Key Features

Software License
A software license represents an agreement between a vendor and a customer for a product. Consequently, each license includes only one product reference.
SmartTech HighTech software license is represented by a serial number, which can be created as a line item in a standard sales document. Clients can also create a software license in an inquiry, depending on the business process involved.

IBASE Database 
The Installed Base (IBASE) database contains software license information. Each license is identified in the IBASE by a key consisting of both the software material master number and serial number. The material number refers to a record for the software product in the SAP material master. The serial number is assigned either by client or by the system according to client’s custom settings.

Types of information recorded in the IBASE for each license number:

  • Equipment number
  • Current and historical sales document numbers
  • Current and historical service document numbers
  • Business partners
  • Configuration information
  • Status

Smarttech HighTech for Fabless Semiconductor Manufacturing
SmartTech HighTech for Fabless Semiconductor is an extension and enhancement of standard SAP functionality designed specifically for the semiconductor industry.

The enhancements include:

  • Process order maintenance – includes process order split for manufacturing process orders in different locations or
    with different methods, process order merger to combine two orders for processing, and rework insert and restart to
    permit the reworking of all or part of a process order.
  • Batch traceability – includes the ability to copy data and values from one batch to another, to perform batch characteris
    tic searches across batch class types and materials, and to report on the genealogy of a batch.
  • Quality management – includes enhanced chart monitoring, the ability to use Western Electric Rules, and to create
    cross-operational and material custom parameters.

Distributor Reseller Management (DRM)
DRM is designed to enable an enterprise to successfully meet business challenges associated with the distribution and resale of high technology products such as computer systems, semiconductors, networks, peripherals, software, and other electronic devices. These products reach end users through a chain of intermediaries that share complex relationships with manufacturers and suppliers.

Smarttech HighTech – Key Business Process

Time-to-Market
Product Development and CollaborationPrototype DevelopmentProduct Data Collaboration with SubcontractorECM – for Make-to-Stock (MTS) ProductionECM – for Configure-to-Order (CTO) Production

Procure-to-Pay
H88: Quality Management in Procurement

Plan-to-Make
SOP, Long Term Planning and Capacity EvaluationMTS – Production with Ext. Processing and Serial NosMTS – Production with Batch Mgmt, WM, and HUMMTS – Production with Prod. Versions and KanbanMTO – Production with Repetitive Manuf., 3rd-Party Order Procurement and SubcontractingMTO – Production with Serialization/RosettaNet (RN) – SAP XI Integration

Quote-to-Cash
CTO – Production with Variant Configuration (VC) and Assembly ProcessingCTO – Production with VC and Credit Limit CheckCTO – Production with VC and Legal ControlCTO – Production with VC and Material Variant

After Sales Support
Service Management – On-Site ServiceService Management – Repairs at Plant / Repair Order ProcessingService Management – Material Exchange ProcessingService Management – Returns Processing and RefurbishmentService Management – Spare Parts Sales Order Processing

Enterprise Management & Support
SAP NetWeaver Portal – Sales RepresentativeSAP NetWeaver Portal – Purchasing AgentSAP NetWeaver Portal – Plant ManagerSAP NetWeaver Portal – Production SupervisorAnalytics for High Tech

Integration
SmartTech HighTech Industry Solution supports sufficient integration with Financial Accounting and Controlling the Internal Accounting, which helps the consumer products companies identify the place of cost occurrence in their organization.

Affordable Solution for Midsize Companies
The SmartTech HighTech Industry Solution is a highly practical approach to deploying a world-class system and establishing business operations that provide the best advantages of application software and business practices without the effort of rediscovery and customized design. The results are predictable; time and cost are known in advance, and risk and business disruption is minimized. Since the solution is delivered as a complete, demonstrable system with full documentation, clients’ personnel can focus on project execution rather than system design, limiting the interruption to regular responsibilities, and attendant disruption to the business during the project.

Companies can purchase the solution to automate and streamline business processes globally, as well as easily integrate merged or acquired organizations into core operations. At the same time, businesses can purchase the SAP NetWeaver platform to rapidly respond to changing market opportunities – making the most of ever-shortening product life cycles – by quickly rolling out new SAP applications, integrating other applications, and developing composite applications.

Moreover, the business advantages that led clients to make the ERP investment can be realized sooner. Some of these include better end-to-end process and supply chain visibility, improved process efficiencies, enhanced ability of the enterprise to capitalize on growth opportunities with scalable solution, improved asset utilization, performance, and improved transaction efficiency.

For more information on SmartTech High Tech Industry package visit www.smartsoftus.com.

Smartsoft is ready with its SAP Consumer Products Industry package to meet the needs of small and midsized enterprises.