Aigle prepares financial systems for ambitious global expansion with SAP and IBM

Published on 4-Feb-2013

The IBM and SAP solution will seamlessly absorb the growing volumes of data, enabling a clear view of global financial performance without the need to add headcount in the finance function.

Yves Trousselle, Chief Information Officer, AIGLE International s.a.

Customer
AIGLE International s.a.

Industry
Retail

Deployment country
France

Partner
SAP

Overview

Famed for its handmade wellington boots, AIGLE International s.a. (Aigle) of France also offers a range of fashionable footwear and clothing for men, women and children. The company, part of Maus Frères, which also owns Devanlay Lacoste and Gant among others, manufactures 4,000 pairs of natural rubber boots daily.

Business need
To support its ambitious growth plans, particularly in Asia, AIGLE International s.a. needed greater centralization and standardization of financial-management processes and a real-time global view of key financial metrics. Producing consolidated financial reports from the variety of systems used in different countries required significant manual aggregation and transformation of data, introducing delays and the risk of human error.

Solution
To prepare for the tighter integration of its worldwide operations, without impeding local flexibility and autonomy, Aigle worked with IBM Global Business Services to deploy the financial components within the IBM Express solution for SAP Business All-in-One for Consumer Products, and to optimize existing processes. The combination of a highly experienced IBM project manager and the IBM Express methodology enabled Aigle to go into production within just eight months - precisely on schedule.

Benefits
Accelerated deployment using the IBM Express methodology within budget, including transformation of existing finance processes. Provided high flexibility and resilience. Increased control over financial processes such as purchasing and billing. Improved visibility of key financial information such as outstanding invoices. Enhanced ability to generate metrics such as interim cash-flow forecast. Accelerated financial analysis and reporting.

Components

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Hardware
BladeCenter, BladeCenter running hypervisor - VMware, Storage

Services
GBS ISV Community: SAP, IBM-SAP Alliance

Solution
Business Resiliency, Enabling Business Flexibility, Information Integration, Virtualization, Virtualization - Server

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