01 May SMS group S.p.A.
SERVICES AND/OR PRODUCTS SUPPLIED: Complete rolling mills, reheating furnaces, and heat treatment lines
REVENUE: 75 million Euro
IMPLEMENTED SAP® SOLUTION: SAP BAIO
CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Since the beginning of operations, the company has distinguished itself for its continuous scientific and technological research, and for putting itself on the cutting edge compared to its competitors. This continuous commitment to the development of technical solutions aimed at solving customers’ needs has led the company to be the holder of numerous technical patents which has firmly established it in the world market.
In the 1990s, the major achievements of Gruppo SMS, the world’s largest producer of steelmaking equipment, sparked interest in those seeking a partner of distinction and excellence.
In the market in which SMS MEER S.p.A. operates, lead time is one of the reference indicators. Making investments focused on the containment of lead time while continuously improving the quality of the work carried out by each single company department will allow us to maintain competitiveness and increase the customer base.
WHY SAP and GPA
The ability to innovate the approach in the use of SAP applications combined with the project methodology, structured and standardised, applied by FORE has allowed us to achieve an ambitious and challenging goal. The upgrade project plan that we developed in a few weeks has not been under any constraints of our organization, which has its own international competence center to support system and technology issues.
KEY POINTS AND IMPLEMENTATION
GPA Group has been able to guide with the project priorities, from the adaptation of a state-of-the-art tools to the enhancement of our information assets. In this way we have achieved significant results in terms of data governance and multi-level process integration. This “new base” of reference is allowing us to implement functional innovation where it is considered most useful.
Today, many departments can count on high-performance verification and control tools. The adoption of the Netweaver platform allows us, in the short term, to extend this efficiency to the other divisions of our organization, ready, therefore, to implement the international guidelines while being able to integrate them into the business model.