AKKA Technologies deploys SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud
AKKA Technologies began its migration to SAP S/4HANA Cloud in early September after identifying the need to find an effective solution that would allow the company to solve its strong growth challenges.
AKKA is a globally operating engineering and technology consulting group, working in sectors as varied as aerospace and defense, life sciences and manufacturing. Driven by double-digit growth, the group employs 21,000 people. To respond to strong growth and meet its ambitions, AKKA had to strengthen its back-office application platform and offer its consultants the digital tools of tomorrow.
AKKA wanted to standardize and automate the business processes in all of its subsidiaries by creating a core model, as well as upgrading the back-office functions by prioritizing analysis tasks over those of operational input. At the same time, the group wanted to deploy a solution allowing better integration of end-to-end project management, from time recording to invoicing.
To meet these objectives, the group launched the Aktion program for AKKA Towards Innovation. It includes the deployment of SAP S/4HANA Cloud and SAP Concur for expenses management.
The project, which involves a dedicated team at group level, includes a strong integration component since SAP S/4HANA Cloud must integrate with other components of the IT system dedicated to business intelligence, treasury or consolidation. For the optimal configuration of the solution, AKKA is supported by SAP partner, delaware.
To meet these objectives, the group launched the Aktion program for AKKA Towards Innovation. Delaware deployed the expertise of its infrastructure teams, which included the deployment of SAP S/4HANA Cloud and SAP Concur for expenses management.
Delaware built a core model incorporating the group's standards and best practices deployed in four countries selected as pilot entities, in order to industrialise the deployment.
The use of a standard solution made it possible to avoid the inclinations of customisation. Respecting the regulatory compliance requirements of each country was also an important consideration.
Following the successful implementation of SAP S/4HANA Cloud and SAP Concur, AKKA has begun to experience the real advantages of a cloud-based solution, which has enabled them to:
Improve forecasting and business planning thanks to access to real-time data
Eliminate manual processes - timesheet information is captured more efficiently, increasing visibility and helping managers to forecast and plan better
Increase financial system uptime and reliability
Close their books faster – achieving an average of 2-3 days saving during monthly closings
Achieve higher accuracy and timeliness of client invoices
Scale effectively in order to better integrate acquisitions
Improve customer service thanks to its single cloud-based solution
"SAP S/4HANA Cloud and SAP Concur solutions made us future proof, digital, and mobile. Delaware showed us how to use these 21st-century tools to reinvent our finance, controlling, and purchasing processes"
Enno Ebels, CIO,AKKA Technologies