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Customer Snapshot: Overview

50% increase in data distribution speed

In 24 countries around the world, the Votorantim Group operates in industry, finance and new business development. As its businesses have grown, the large industrial conglomerate has sought to standardize operations on one technology platform to drive down costs, simplify operations, and leverage best practices around the globe.

Votorantim Group

R$29.5 billion (2010)

Number of Employees

Implementation Partners
BBKO Consulting, Everis, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM, SAP Consulting, SQLTech, TIVIT

Mill Products

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Customer Website

Oracle, HP

Line of Business
Finance, Human Resources, Manufacturing, Platform and Technology, Sourcing and Procurement, Supply Chain

SAP Solutions
SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards, SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, SAP Business Warehouse, SAP Enterprise Portal, SAP ERP, SAP NetWeaver Application Server (SAP NetWeaver AS), SAP NetWeaver Master Data Management, SAP solutions for governance, risk, and compliance (GRC)

Customer Snapshot: History

Diversification and Growth

A private, family-controlled business for three generations, Votorantim is one of the largest industrial conglomerates in Latin America.

Customer Snapshot: Business Model

Unified Management

Divided into three segments – Industrial, Financial and New Business – the Votorantim Group businesses are characterized by portfolio diversification, and have differing go-to-market strategies, yet they retain a unified management model, sharing the same vision, mission and values.

Customer Snapshot: Success Strategy

One Group

Votorantim is growing by adding new plants, investing in other businesses, and expanding beyond its 24 international markets. Their concept of One Group – of unity in diversity – has allowed them to diversify, expand and globalize their activities, creating value for clients, employees, suppliers, partners, shareholders, government, and society.

The Challenge

Needed: Efficiency and Transparency

Despite unification, Votorantim was still using multiple, disconnected systems and manually driven processes – creating inefficiency, lack of transparency, and increased costs. Votorantim struggled to manage volumes of data and hoped to turn it into meaningful information that could promote better business decisions.

Enter SAP

Good Partners. Good Solutions.

Focusing on leading technologies, Votorantim explored both Oracle and HP, as well as SAP. SAP’s reputation as a trusted partner, along with its extensive portfolio of solutions and strong eco-system of partners, convinced Votorantim’s IT and business leaders that SAP was the right choice.

Enter SAP: The SAP Experience

One Platform to Grow On

Votorantim centralized and standardized its IT infrastructure with SAP ERP and added SAP solutions over time. For the overall business, the move towards a homogenous platform has been significant.

None of this would be possible without the SAP solution.  
…by maximizing the utilization of our IT resources … we gain better value through favorable economies of scale. What we didn’t predict was how much the increased alignment of business and IT strategies would strengthen the group. Now we have a situation where the industrial side of our business is applying improved IT skills to deliver better value, and the IT team is using their improved corporate awareness to hone our systems in pursuit of mutual business goals. None of this would have been possible without the SAP solution.

Better Business

An Excellent Track Record
We evaluated Oracle and HP, but when it came to deciding on the partners to consolidate the environments, IBM and SAP really stood out. Both are major players in the market, with extremely high technical expertise, very high-quality solutions, and an excellent track record of working in partnership to deliver reliable, cost-effective systems.

Better Business: Benefits

Standardizing Business Processes

With SAP applications and improving reporting, Votorantim now runs on accurate, shared information. Standardized master data means fewer errors and less redundancy – with impressive results:

– 50% increase in data, distribution speed
– 100% company executives supported by dashboards
– 100 Key Performance Indicators updated and distributed daily

Better Business: Lessons Learned

Getting Onboard

After the first Votorantim division moved to the SAP platform, leaders recognized the power of a validated, accurate view of integrated operations. Result? New interest in adding the other divisions to the platform as well.

Better Business: Run Simple

Simplifying, Sharing – and Succeeding

Having successfully implemented SAP applications in several divisions, Votorantim has managed growth by addressing complexities, identifying challenges, and planning more proactively. They’re using managerial information from their dashboards to give employees a clear understanding of the company’s strategies and performance.

Journey Ahead

Unification in Action

Votorantim both plans and expects to rely on SAP and its partners to support future growth through increased agility and improved communications between diverse business units.

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