The client is a leading global manufacturer of aerostructures for commercial airplanes, defense platforms, and business/regional jets. They provide fuselages, integrated wings and wing components, pylons, and nacelles.

The client had acquired aircraft parts manufacturing and aftermarket service businesses and wanted to bring those sites onto SAP S/4HANA cloud. They chose Infosys to drive this program and guide the larger SAP S/4HANA migration journey from their legacy SAP ECC footprint.

Key Challenges

  • Complexity of standardizing business processes from a heavily customized 20-year-old SAP ECC system to SAP S/4HANA cloud solution
  • Short implementation timeline as it was imperative the client adhere to the transition service agreement (TSA) deadline of the acquisition
  • Infosys lacked access to the source system to understand some business-critical legacy components that needed to be enhanced
  • Need to ensure availability of historical business information to support future auditing and legal compliance requirements

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The Solution

Infosys helped the client implement SAP S/4HANA cloud for their manufacturing and aftermarket businesses. Infosys leveraged Infosys Catalyst, part of Infosys Cobalt, for business process standardization, Infosys Data Services Suite (iDSS) for data migration, and Panaya for test management.

All the best-in-class functionalities of S/4HANA were activated and implemented along with Fiori-based user experience enhancement.

Infosys also enabled SAP Embedded Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) and SAP Embedded Analytics for key reporting requirements, thereby unlocking the full value of SAP S/4HANA embedded software components.

The activity-based product costing module was implemented for the manufacturing business. For the maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) line of business, Infosys replaced the client’s heavily customized ¬†work-in-progress (WIP) costing model with a standard SAP S/4HANA process.

Infosys successfully delivers ERP-as-a-Service with SAP S/4HANA cloud implementation

  • Enhanced the delivery model from SaaS to EaaS (ERP-as-a-Service)
  • Established an SAP S/4HANA standard template solution for manufacturing and aftermarket lines of business
  • Migrated heavily customized business processes from the legacy SAP ECC system to a standard SAP S/4HANA solution
  • Leveraged Infosys Catalyst to replace legacy customizations with SAP S/4HANA standard solution components
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Benefits

Standardized and harmonized business processes, enabling data-driven business decision-making

Standardized and harmonized business processes, enabling data-driven business decision-making

Increased visibility into costs such as labor and work in progress

Increased visibility into costs such as labor and work in progress

Improved the user experience through the Fiori launchpad

Improved the user experience through the Fiori launchpad

Improved supplier evaluation across parameters like quality, quantity, price, and time based on real-time operational procurement transactional documents, which was previously a manual and labor-intensive process. Reduced business effort, achieving savings of at least 10 man-days per quarter

Improved supplier evaluation across parameters like quality, quantity, price, and time based on real-time operational procurement transactional documents, which was previously a manual and labor-intensive process. Reduced business effort, achieving savings of at least 10 man-days per quarter