How SAP HANA and Supply Chain Management Go Hand in Glove

Today’s consumers demand quality, availability, and speed, but as their tastes change, vendor responsiveness simply slows down. It impacts supply chains deeply. But an ever increasing amount of data is being generated throughout supply chains, which can be used to advantage.

What organizations need to do:

  • Use advanced technologies to analyze data in real time
  • Facilitate enhanced collaboration across business lines
  • Deliver important business information on demand

Innovation transforms, but disrupts businesses, as they need up-to-date data for budgeting, planning, and decision making. It implies that technology for data storage, retrieval, and analytics must do more than just process and convey. It has to prevent transformations from disrupting the organizations.

The earlier OLAP & OLTP approaches for data storage had their limitations like lack of interchangeability, rigidity, and limited support from manufacturers. That used to result in the database landscape becoming bulky, unwieldy, slow, and expensive to maintain. Moreover, the whole storage/analytics setup was always reactive. It hardly helped.

To overcome the shortcomings, SAP introduced HANA in 2011 as a database offering and seized the opportunity with products that needed in-memory computing like reporting tools, BI/BW, and planning tools like SCM on HANA.
It was observed that an in-memory platform ensured enormous data in local memory could be analyzed. The results of complex analysis and transaction were available easily and quickly. SAP HANA also utilized advanced data compression techniques to store information in RAM, enabling better performance—10,000 times faster than traditional disk-based systems. Consequently, business decisions were quicker and more informed

SAP HANA supports business process innovation by resolving challenges related to planning and forecasting in the initial stage. It provides better in-depth visibility of the entire supply chain and aids in managing supply chain exceptions and deviations. The result is better customer satisfaction. Furthermore, SAP HANA is deployable on premise or cloud. This helps us focus on the core competency area and outsource the rest to the best-of-breed service providers. This also helps bring down operations and ownership costs, simultaneously gearing up to generate customer loyalty, through customer delight and heightened levels of satisfaction.

At Bristlecone, our first ever Business Suite on HANA implementation in the dairy industry was for a well-known Cheese and Whey products manufacturing company. We partnered with SAP for the dairy industry to find a comprehensive solution, which involved end-to-end business suite on HANA platform leveraging S4 HANA and integration with external applications. It would allow dairy companies to enhance Commodity Pricing Engine, integrate with Risk Management, Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP), Catch Weight Management, Active Ingredients Management, Integrated Warehouse, Enhanced Batch Search, Actual Costing, Milk Integration, and CRM.

The US dairy export market alone is increasing at 15% every year. Upon implementing this SAP HANA based solution, dairy companies will be able to address peculiar challenges like perishability of raw materials and finished products, seasonal variations in milk—different yields, regulations on milk pricing by Federal and California statutes, adherence to traceability and quality standards, risk management through hedging, and actual cost management. The solution enabled our clients with streamlined cost allocation, visibility into planning, market variations, and seasonality in the dairy industry.

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At Bristlecone Pulse 2016, Ashutosh Jain from Bristlecone discussed Leveraging Power of HANA for Dairy Processors.

At Bristlecone, we are focusing on Simple Finance and Simple Logistics for our service offerings. We also have a dedicated COE, well trained S/4 HANA resource pool, and implementation use cases for HANA migration for a Fortune 500 client to demonstrate our commitment to the HANA journey.