Unipart Group

ERP2 is a vital component

Unipart Group Case Study Situation

The Unipart Group of Companies is one of Europe's leading independent logistics, automotive parts and accessories companies.

Established in 1987 following a management buy-out, it was recently listed as one of the top ten largest private companies in the UK. During this time it has become a name respected worldwide for its progressive policies and forward-looking approach to business.

Unipart use SAP to support their business and there are up to 20,000 new transactions on the system every week. These transactions span a wide range of business areas including materials management, classifications, transport groups, weights and dimensions, plants, stock and purchasing to name but a few.

The data entry requirements for each transaction are subject to frequent change. Unipart's data was all uploaded either manually or using other toolsets.

'We have used other toolsets in some of our processes, but you need to be very technical to work with them effectively. We're responsible for getting our data into SAP but we're not technical people. We needed an easy way of uploading data. We were also starting to get backlogs of work because the processes we were using were too manually intensive and slow' says Sue Brooks from Unipart.

Unipart's data input mechanism resulted in real financial loss in terms of time taken to get the job done, and their ability to react to mass data changing needs was severely impaired. Another immeasurable side effect of manual data input is data cleanliness, since manual input is prone to error and this can have a disastrous and expensive effect on any business.


Solution

What Unipart needed was a non-technical and versatile data integration tool that would enable them to upload many unique transactions into SAP quickly and accurately. ERP² from Quadrate has allowed them to do just that.

"Before ERP², getting our data into SAP was a very time-consuming job." says Sue Brooks. "Quadrate has speeded up that process for us. ERP² is brilliant. It's very easy to use and requires no programming skills at all. It saves us a tremendous amount of time and also reduces errors - which is a must because data is king."

ERP² has allowed Unipart to drastically cut down the time required to get data into their system, giving them the power to adjust quickly to ever-changing requirements.


Benefits

Time saved

"The increased data accuracy is a huge benefit. If you get your data wrong at the start of the process it impacts every single person involved in that process. The knock-on effect from having incorrect data in our system is huge. It's too important to get wrong and ERP² makes sure it never goes wrong. Quite simply, I wouldn't like to do my job without ERP²", says Sue Brooks from Unipart.

The creation of material masters is just one example of how Unipart used ERP².

As Unipart has a SAP system for each of their customers, they are responsible for all the data input. One of their customers requires the creation of thousands of new material masters on a regular basis. Using ERP², they are now able to quickly and easily perform an otherwise arduous and lengthy task.

Data quality

Data quality improves dramatically by using ERP² because all manual errors are eliminated. Furthermore, the simple ability to see your data in one spreadsheet makes it easier to spot erroneous data, allowing for quick correction before uploading into SAP.

Flexibility

Unipart's needs in terms of data uploads change continually. With ERP², they are able to cater for entirely new requirements within minutes.

Resource reallocation

With business users being able to perform their own data uploads, Unipart's information technology team have been able to focus their expensive resources on other important jobs.


Summary

ERP² from Quadrate is a data upload product that makes the process of uploading data into SAP quicker, cheaper, easier and more accurate. It is used in all scenarios, from implementation work (such as moving data from legacy systems) to transactional data uploads and use in support teams. In fact, almost anywhere data needs to go in SAP, ERP² can make that process more efficient.

Qubed from Quadrate is a data download product that makes the process of extracting data from SAP quicker, cheaper, easier and more accurate. It is used for ad hoc data queries as well as for creating standard reports. Both products are designed for non-technical as well as technical audiences.