Major manufacturer cuts costs, enables enterprise-wide visibility with IBM and SAP

Published on 19 Dec 2013

Our business has doubled in size in the past year, and we are confident that the SAP and IBM solutions give us the capacity, scalability and capability to do so again.

Company spokesperson, Major manufacturer

Major manufacturer

Industrial Products

Deployment country



This company produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibers, with a network of more than 100 operating units located in North America and Europe.

Business need
This company’s thriving entrepreneurial culture relies on units pursuing their business goals independently. Gaining enterprise-wide information visibility presents a significant challenge, with different business systems at many sites. The company identified that complexity caused by the wide mix of IT infrastructure, software and processes was a drag on growth. When work is passed between manufacturing plants, transactions tend to be complex and slow, and there is no enterprise view of work-in-progress, future orders and group-wide production planning.

The company chose to implement a complete range of SAP ERP solutions, including financial management and materials management, alongside SAP Supply Chain Management and SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization. IBM Global Business Services provided assistance with sizing, specification, system architecture, business process and deployment strategy, and with the complete SAP software implementation.

Increased data efficiency by standardizing operations on SAP solutions. Enabled integrated project costing and the potential for business analytics. Introduced the concept of shared IT services, with potential cost reductions for infrastructure, operations and human capital. Optimized processes around production planning and shipping. Improved integrity of data and increased visibility of financial data including profitability and costing.


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

DB2 for i5/OS, IBM i

Power 770, Storage, Storage: DS8700

AMS: Enterprise App Outsourcing - SAP, AMS: Enterprise App Outsourcing - SAP ERP, GBS ISV Community: SAP, IBM-SAP Alliance

Enabling Business Flexibility, Enterprise Resource Planning, Information Management Foundation, Server Consolidation, Virtualization, Virtualization - Server

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