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Buying and selling companies faster with SAP Business ByDesign

Whether it’s your morning shower gel, the superabsorbent polymer in a baby’s diaper, or the display on your cell phone, Evonik solutions can be found in many everyday items. And as a global leader in specialty chemicals with more than 100 subsidiaries worldwide, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and divestments at Evonik are routine. But large or small, each transaction has a significant impact on IT. 

When the ink dries, Evonik must be able to hand over a divested firm to the new owners or, in the case of an acquisition, integrate a new company into the group quickly. But until recently, carving out IT or folding in the IT of a purchased company took significant time. Wanting to improve the manageability and agility of carving out small companies, senior management approached itelligence’s experts in cloud solutions from SAP.

“Evonik was looking at the possibility of speeding up the whole roll-out process with other SAP products,” explains Dietmar Dziuron, Project Manager at itelligence. “They wanted an ERP system that could be implemented in weeks, not months. And they wanted to avoid handing over special software, knowledge, or self-developments.” 

Following a workshop with Evonik’s IT department, where Dziuron and colleagues learned more about the company’s requirements and ERP landscape, itelligence recommended SAP Business ByDesign, a cloud ERP solution that requires only an Internet connection and web browser. Unlike an on-premises ERP, with SAP Business ByDesign you pay a monthly ‘rent’ for actual usage, and the software and data are stored and hosted by SAP. The company also takes care of all software updates, data security and maintenance. 

High User Satisfaction 
Four weeks later, Dziuron got a call from Evonik: They were about to sell a US-based foam manufacturer with some 50 employees and the recommendation by itelligence could now be rolled out. 

“The contracts had just been signed and the carveout of IT had to be completed in three months – huge time pressure.” After tweaking the configuration requirements and finalizing the project planning, the project team began to train users, both remotely and on-site in the US. 

SAP Business ByDesign was implemented for finance & controlling, personnel administration, CRM, service management, production, and external procurement. “The US employees were really happy to get new and modern software that served their purpose, and was user-friendly and efficient to boot,” says Dziuron.

The IT was carved out and integrated into the new SAP Business ByDesign ERP solution in just five weeks – on time, on budget, and in line with all quality requirements. Two reasons for this success were solid preparation, and itelligence’s deep experience and knowledge of cloud solutions from SAP. A third reason was Evonik’s decision to only use the standard functionalities in SAP Business ByDesign. 

Evonik has since added SAP Business ByDesign to its standard IT infrastructure. 
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