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Complex ERP Program Management for Elanders AB

Client: Elanders AB

Location: Sweden, Italy and Hungary

Industry: Printing

Solution type: Consulting

Elanders is a global printing group with services from individual products to total solutions in printed matter logistics.

Elanders goal was to standardize business processes and consolidate a number of fulfillment and accounting systems introduced through company acquisitions. The project was initiated with an aggressive deadline and initially managed in-house. Elanders quickly realized that project of this size and complexity needed dedicated program management from a professional solution provider.

The group appointed KBS to create an overall specifications guideline and coordinate partner companies responsible for the implementation of the following systems:

  1. Microsoft Dynamics AX as the finance ERP platform
  2. DiMS! - print industry-specific production and logistics ERP system
  3. xWare's xTrade middleware as the system integration platform
  4. Elanders internal system for structuring and handling the digital resources

Our solution

The project involved coordination the team of 25 ERP consultants from Sweden, Netherlands, Italy and Hungary as well as company representatives across 4 offices.

Throughout the 18 month project, KBS brought structure and order to the project, completed full business and accounting requirements review, and resolved complex system integration issues related to costing and inventory valuation differences in the finance and logistics systems.

Outcomes

Elanders' management was freed from day-to-day program coordination. The projects were completed in a structured, timely and fully documented way with a minimum distraction from operations. Consolidated ERP systems enabled Elanders to fulfill critical reporting obligations to a major global account.

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