Extending and replacing legacy ERP solutions
HEINZ-GLAS operates 16 sites across 12 countries. It manufactures glass bottles and containers for the perfume and cosmetics industry. Its customers include Beiersdorf, L’Oreal, Diro and AVON. HEINZ-GLAS used multiple installations of Baan software (now Infor) as its ERP solution. In 2013 it implemented a consolidation solution from LucaNet to bring the disparate ERP solutions together. However, that was only a stop gap solution as it needed to replace its entire ERP solution across its operations.
To help them with that process they selected Fraunhofer Project Group for Applied Information Technology (FIT). It is a research and consultancy company specialising in digitisation, Industry 4.0 projects and IoT solutions. After a competitive process they selected the IFS solution. While the other vendors were not mentioned within the press release one would assume that they included the incumbent Infor and SAP at least.
HEINZ-GLAS will implement a wide range of modules from the IFS solution. It will include: financials, human resources, supply chain management, engineering, manufacturing, sales and service and maintenance. The initial project will see the ERP solution implemented across the four sites in Germany. IT will then roll out the solution across the remaining global locations. With sites in USA, Peru, Hong Kong, India and several across Europe, this is a significant undertaking.
The company has a joint venture with Haldyn Glass Limited in India. It replaced its ERP solution in 2012. It is possible it will not want to replace that solution so soon after installing it. This means that there is integration work to be done.
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