Here is a closer look at a success story involving the LeverX Integrated Process Solution (IPS) for SAP and business process management. This client is emphasizing the need to improve the handoff of product information from development to logistics, for both process and discrete manufacturing projects.
A Fortune 100 manufacturing firm based in the midwest has been working with LeverX to gain better control over their day to day process operations within SAP.
Initially, the client was utilizing the SAP Business Workflow engine directly, but the complexity of the engine proved to be a major deterrent to ongoing process tuning and development. Essentially, the customer was dealing with very rigid workflows and a one-size-fits-all approach.
Looking for a way to better control these business processes, our client turned to the IPS solution from LeverX. By enabling direct departmental user control over these day to day business processes, user adoption and success rates are considerably higher for each business process.
A stronger value is provided to the client long term by meeting compliance objectives and at the same time, eliminating shadow systems and workarounds that users frequently create to supplement ERP based process management.
This new IPS deployment needed to support both SAP DMS and SAP ECR/ECO related processes within the traditional SAP GUI with robust and flexible workflow capabilities. The deployment was scaled across three key divisions that have the most robust process requirements: health care, industrial, and safety.
Key Compliance and Control Features Implemented:
- Bills of Material / BOMs are now required to be under change control
- Process Orders are required to only allow “Approved” recipes to be attached to the order (requires use of ECR/ECO in SAP GUI)
- Workflow with digital signatures on approvals
- Agents assigned to approval tasks need to be identified according to material attributes, such as the product hierarchy code and plant.