Echelon Solutions Group and Ascensus Specialties Announce a Successful SAP® S/4HANA Go-Live

Echelon Solutions Group, LLC, a fast-growing premier SAP implementation partner, and Ascensus, manufacturer of specialty chemicals, announced a successful SAP S/4HANA  go-live for its manufacturing facility in Elma, Washington, Distribution Centers in Europe, India and China as well as multiple warehouses and storage locations across North America.

Through great collaboration between the Echelon consulting team and the Ascensus business and IT teams, the S/4HANA go-live adhered to the original schedule by leveraging SAP’s best practices and implementation methodology. The project scope included Order to Cash, Procure to Pay, Asset Maintenance, Plan to Produce, Quality management, Demand Planning and Record to Report. Additional scope included five currencies, Odyssey and Hazox integrations.

“The experience was very positive. I think the resources, the approach, and the ongoing way that the team executed was outstanding. We were under a lot of pressure from a lot of different directions, and your team [Echelon Solutions Groups] never let off the gas. They knew what they had to do and they adjusted when there were obstacles put in front of them, all the while keeping their eyes on the target,” said Gene Shields, CIO, Ascensus Specialties.  

By implementing these solutions, Ascensus Specialties will realize increased efficiency and streamlined Business Processes and  increased forecast accuracy using Integrated Business Planning. They were able to eliminate previous customizations, access real-time information to support decision-making and realize IT cost savings using HANA Enterprise Cloud along with its simplified Integration and faster In-memory Database.

Ascensus Specialites was able to leverage the flexible Echelon Advantage model with a single blended hourly rate at a fixed monthly rate. With a lean IT department, Echelon was able to provide Advisory services, Break/Fix Support, IT Outsourcing as well as Functional and Technical support in addition to S/4HANA and IBP implementation.

About Echelon Solutions Group, LLC

Echelon Solutions Group is a end-to-end SAP Cloud based solutions provider including Strategy, Implementation and Support for Two-Tier ERP, SAP S/4HANA Cloud. SAP SuccessFactors, SAP Integrated Business Planning and Hybris solutions. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Chicago, Echelon’s service model includes delivery and support from North America, India, China, Vietnam and Brazil.

About Ascensus Specialties

Ascensus Specialties is a manufacturer of specialty chemicals headquartered in Elma, WA. They are the global leader in sodium borohydride chemistry and participates primarily in two end-markets: pharmaceutical drug manufacturing and pulp & paper processing. In pharmaceutical drug manufacturing, sodium borohydride is used as a reducing agent. In pulp & paper processing, sodium borohydride is used as a bleaching agent to prepare paper products for end-customer use.

Wind Point acquired Ascensus Specialties in January 2015 as an add-on for Vertellus Specialties, Inc., a former Wind Point portfolio company. Ascensus Specialties is now a standalone company under Wind Point ownership.

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