“By summer 2015 we successfully completed SAP rollouts in half of our operations globally. Our SAP software now extends to all continents.”
Juha Anttila, Konecranes
What is an SAP ERP system?
Heikki Kajanto: Implementing an effective Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, such as SAP, is fundamental for improving our operational excellence. The SAP software is a major investment for Konecranes that lets us manage everything from sales and marketing and procurement and supply to manufacturing and finance.
Juha Anttila: We launched this multi-year software project in 2010. Following the successful implementation of SAP in key operations in China in June 2015, the system now extends to all continents where Konecranes has key operations.
Why did Konecranes decide to implement the SAP ERP system?
JA: Our main goal is to harmonize business processes and reduce the number of various IT systems. Previously we used approximately ten different systems to manage our business functions. It was important for us to find a global software that integrates transaction handling and logistics in an effective way.
HK: We have operations in so many countries with various services and products, and this significantly limits the choices of enterprise application software.
- Juha Anttila (left) is responsible for the global implementation of SAP ERP at Konecranes
- Heikki Kajanto (right) is in charge of process development in Konecranes’ material delivery.