Emergency Vehicle Manufacturer

End-to-end SAP S/4 HANA® ERP Implementation in 5 months at Largest Emergency Vehicle Manufacturer in North America 

Executive Summary

Echelon Solutions Group implemented SAP S/4 HANA® private cloud in just five months for a $2+ billion manufacturer of industry-leading specialty vehicle brands. The implementation helped simplify the company’s IT landscape, business processes, and data structures across all locations throughout the U.S, resulting in less data duplication and the ability to access all ERP data in real time. The functional scope included order to cash, vehicle management system, variant configuration, procure to pay, record to report, schedule to produce, warehouse management, warranty and quality management.

 

About the Company

The largest (and leading) manufacturer of emergency vehicles, small buses, recreational vehicles, terminal trucks, and street sweepers in North America with 19 world-class manufacturing facilities staffed by 6000+ associates with 29 different brands, the company manufactures over 20,000 specialty vehicles per year and maintains over 240,000 vehicles.

The company has partnerships with local dealers in South America, Africa, Europe, China, Southeast Asia and the Middle East to provide customer and vehicle service and parts maintenance.

 

The Problem

With over 4 million square feet of manufacturing space, the manufacturing company required streamlined processes across all locations to achieve operational excellence, maximum efficiency, and unparalleled problem, change, and technical incident management. The company had grown significantly over the years through innovation and acquisitions. Because of this history, there were different business processes, procedures, and software among the different business units. These inhibited corporate efficiencies and the ability to use common business process.

 

The Solution

Echelon utilized an accelerated, outcome-based implementation strategy by leveraging SAP’s best practices and Agile methodology. Echelon fulfilled the company’s needs by implementing SAP S/4 HANA real-time enterprise resource management suite for digital business at the Ambulance division through its team of veteran SAP experts and senior offshore testing and documentation consultants. In addition to the implementation team, Echelon is supporting and will continue to support the Company through on-premise and offshore resources and Application Management Services (AMS) team.

 

Outcome

  • Streamline manufacturing processing with optimized inventory
  • Real-time changes regarding customer orders, procurement, logistics and inventory
  • Increased accuracy in all deliveries for improved efficiency with partners and suppliers
  • Immediate Profit and Loss statements

 

Functional Scope

Order to cash, vehicle management system, variant configuration, procure to pay, record to report, schedule to produce, warehouse management, warranty and quality management

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