Boehringer Ingelheim: Towards SAP standard with automated system analyses

2017-06-21 04:55pm

The pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim regularly reviews its SAP systems to determine necessary "housekeeping" activities and to ensure the ability to migrate. The assessments are carried out with automated maturity measurements of the SAP system landscape and industry benchmarks.

Boehringer Ingelheim was presented with a Gold Quality Award from West Trax, the executive analyst firm, in recognition of achieving the top spot in a pharma sector comparison of 166 analyses. We asked Andreas Henrich, Head of IT ERP Platform at Boehringer Ingelheim, about the insights gained by the IT organization by measuring their own maturity for optimizing the SAP system landscape.

What concrete findings did you gain from the analyses?

Andreas Henrich: Through the analyses we have gained transparency about the condition of our systems, for example, the number of custom-developed programs and their frequency of use and the degree of standardization.

We could also see how many outdated transactions are still being called - and there were some.

Were you able to draw preparatory measures towards S/4HANA from the analyses?

S/4HANA has not yet been a focus for us since we are only starting this year with the concept phase of a new template. However, we also learned how to use the findings in the results for the change to S/4HANA.

What are the three main advantages of automated analysis?

Through the annual repetition of the analyses and the subsequent implementation of measures, we achieve comparability and can identify a trend: where can we be better - where is action still needed?

West Trax also provides us with a benchmark for our own industry and other industry sectors, enabling us, for example, to identify how we compare in the industry on the level of use of "SAP standard".

Without employing great human resources we get concrete indications of what we have to adapt to new release levels and can schedule the long-term.

In general, these analyses are the basis on which we can save costs by eliminating unused transactions that need not be tested in other patch projects. One can thus successively and proactively clean up the system.

Thank you for the interview.

The questions were asked by Helge Sanden, Chief Editor of it-onlinemagazin.

Translated from the original article in it-onlinemagazin

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