NatSteel uses “Secret Sauce” to reduce SAP material creation processing by 30%!

By Jim O'Farrell on December 20, 2013


Heading into the New Year is always a great time for all of us to pause and reflect on progress made over the last 12 months. Many of us are reflecting on what we’ve accomplished, what we are working on and looking ahead to the excitement that lies ahead for 2014!

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What’s so exciting about 2014? Well, I am super stoked to see how our customers are evolving their SAP master data material creation (MM01) and maintenance business processes.  Why? We have been a long journey on the road to delivering flexible, adaptable and business user driven workflow solutions for SAP master data governance.  Simply said, it’s really cool to see how our customers are reporting significant dividends with these implementations…For example, today, I just received a case study from one of our customers, NatSteel, highlighting their achievements in improving SAP master data – (editors note – we will be publishing it in a day or two so you can read the whole thing but let me summarize…)

Instantly data is updated throughout company systems

Instantly data is updated throughout company systems

Based in Singapore, NatSteel recently tackled a challenging situation relating to master data reentry, missing fields and lack of bi-directional integration with SAP.  Leveraging Winshuttle Foundation, NatSteel’s material requesters can request a new material with an InfoPath form, push a button which then automatically routes the request through a series of approvals, and finally end up with the data steward team. To approve the request they simply review and click a button to upload the master data to SAP.  An automatic confirmation email is sent afterwards to the requester and life is good…  Net benefit?  How about a 30% reduction in processing resource?

But here’s the real punch line – every single step in the process is monitored with SLAs established so bottlenecks in the workflow process can be identified rapidly and mitigated.  No more chasing paper, email threads a mile long etc.  There is an end to end audit trail and a detailed metrics for every single material requested in this system.  This is the real secret sauce for the data management team. They have real data, at the click of their mouse, to back up their KPIs and SLAs. Justin Tan, VP of Procurement, goes on to say “…our material request process is more streamlined.  We’ve achieved better data validation and integration across our SAP material master data process”.

Needless to say, I am super excited about NatSteel’s improved data automation and SAP material creation process, for many of our other workflow customers who are also realizing these benefits. As we head into 2014 – what are your data headaches? We’d love to show you how 2014 can be a total knockout of a year!

Happy New Years everyone! What are you excited about the coming year?

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