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May 21, 2018

Hershey's Enjoys Sweet Success with its S/4HANA Central Finance Implementation

Hershey's, North America's largest chocolate manufacturer, faced several challenges with its group reporting solution. Apart from offering limited insight, the solution (in SAP BW), which used batch processing, did not provide real-time input into closing activities and information updates. The system provided only summary information, which meant the company had to use manual back-end SAP reports to see data in greater depth, for example, a list of open items. Needless to say, this made for a fairly substandard user experience. 

The company decided to transform global financial reporting by implementing S/4HANA Central Finance as a first step in a larger S/4HANA adoption journey. This tool provides financial data in real-time and in great detail, and presents it in a modern, user-friendly interface, leveraging the user experience capabilities of SAP Fiori and Design Studio.

For its technology partner, Hershey's chose Infosys, and gave us a mandate to implement Central Finance for consolidated reporting across SAP and non-SAP systems spread over 45 legal entities. Our goal was to optimize, integrate and standardize processes, and reduce complexity and cost by creating an SAP system architecture that would allow the client to realize value from future innovations based on HANA, Cloud and Machine Learning. To support a global project of this size, we assembled an onsite and offshore functional and technical team. The project team developed a sustainable and robust process for managing SAP's interface environment across the organization, spanning the master data team, financial data and planning systems, shared services and information services.

After going live on Central Finance, Hershey's is able to use SAP S/4HANA Central Finance as a single source of truth. Financial data is reconciled with source ERP data, down to legal entity, account and customer/product profitability. Users may drill data down to the level of dozens of parameters, including GL account, functional area, cost center and segment. A business user community of 250-500 members is leveraging standard SAP Fiori applications, SAP Business Objects Design Studio as well as SAP Analysis for Excel/Office. These consumption channels increase financial reporting efficiency as well as enable end users to share insights across roles and responsibilities.

Hershey's Director for Financial Data Systems and I will be presenting at ASUG/SAPPHIRE this year on June 5 at 11:00am -12:00pm in room S320E (South Concourse, 3rd Floor). I look forward to connecting with you at our booth #530!

September 7, 2017

Learn More - with AI-enabled Infosys Knowledge Management Platform

While the evolution of technology has made HR digital transformation essential, the shift to cloud has accelerated this by making best-in-class enterprise software solutions easily accessible. To reap the benefits of this digital transformation, organizations have to discard old school ways of executing change and gain agility. Leveraging multidisciplinary insights, skills and expertise using a capable knowledge management system is essential to stay abreast of evolving business needs. 

Infosys, as a trusted consulting partner with close to 30 years of predictable delivery, can help you assess and learn about your current technology landscape, find solutions, and prepare a roadmap for your digital transformation journey. To enable this, we have created the Infosys Cloud Assessment Readiness Toolkit, tailored to provide deep insights and help you make informed decisions about new investments, high-priority areas and leveraging existing investments.

Much depends on both speed and security in the software as a service (SaaS) business model. Infosys uses its expertise to guide you to find a comprehensive, multifaceted security program that best fits your landscape, while our ACT (Accelerated Cloud Transformation) methodology ensures speed. We will partner with you in every stage of the transformation, disseminating best practices and rolling out cloud-specific risk assessments and quality metrics, enabling seamless executions.

As new functionalities are continuously released and consumed with SaaS based HR digital transformation, it will be imperative to implement a knowledge management system that can enable easy accessibility to processes, best practices, methodologies and information sources. Design Thinking discovery workshops are a key aspect of our delivery, enabling stakeholders to approach their problems, pain points and questions outside traditional formats.

With advancements in machine learning and natural language processing, AI tools can now be leveraged to help record, search, filter and apply knowledge to create a knowledge management system that provides employees access to the right information at the right time. Infosys has institutionalized knowledge management as a core element providing the following key tools:

  • KShop: A content management portal for submitting, searching and rating K-Assets.

  • Konnect: A professional networking platform to connect with people, discover expertise and share knowledge.

  • KMail: An automated email response system for communities that helps develop a dynamic knowledge repository to promote learning and re-use.

With Infosys Nia - the Next Generation Integrated Artificial Intelligence Platform, we can help organizations collect and aggregate organizational data from people, processes and legacy systems into a self-learning knowledge base. Repetitive business and IT processes can be automated, freeing up human effort to solve higher-value customer problems that require creativity, passion, and imagination.

Data about employees' career goals, competencies, performance and interests can be analyzed to provide insights into the learning development needs of employees and suggest courses accordingly. Incorporating AI in continuous learning can enable the workforce to continuously upgrade their skill sets and competencies, thereby helping organizations to stay relevant and ahead of the competition in the ever-changing environment. The key to success in the digital world is continuous learning and engaged knowledge management. Infosys Nia, designed on three core platforms - Data Platform, Knowledge Platform and Automation Platform - can help organizations to automate, amplify and reinvent.

Infosys is a Gold-level sponsor at SuccessConnect 2017 event hosted in Las Vegas. I look forward to meeting you at our booth no. 26 and discuss how we can Learn More together!

May 16, 2012

Enterprise Mobility with Sybase Unwired Platform

Many organizations face the need for making an important decision of choosing the right development approach after selecting a mobile platform  like SUP (Sybase Unwired Platform).  While there is no best solution that works all the time, this paper attempts to bring in the pros and cons that each of the approaches carries with reference to enterprise requirements and different business cases.

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March 2, 2012

Industry Perspective: Production supply with EWM execution - Part 2

By Yudhishthir Shrikant Joshi

In the last part, we discussed about the different unique requirements of warehousing for specialized industries like Aerospace. This industry also faces some unique challenges which stand apart from Auto or Retail industry in terma of its business lifecycle.

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February 24, 2012

Industry Perspective: Production supply with EWM execution - Part 1

By Yudhishthir Shrikant Joshi

The Warehouse Management solutions are traditionally used for granular level tracking of inventory and assisting inbound and outbound processes. EWM was rolled out to improve this solution for higher inventory turnover, multi geographical landscape of the system and complex warehouse processes. But our recent experience with EWM project, gave us an insight on how useful is EWM in assisting the Production process. First, let us understand why warehousing is important from the manufacturer's perspective.

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March 26, 2010

IFRS adoption or convergence goes beyond just being another regulatory mandate

A lot has already been spoken about IFRS. For one reason being that, currently, there are 117 countries that have either adopted or committed to adopt IFRS. But, last month the US SEC announced that companies could start using IFRS no sooner than 2015 - a year after from the earlier timeline of 2014. However, according to a recent survey conducted by KPMG, 49% US executives said they would like the option to adopt IFRS before 2015.

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January 31, 2010

How can IT help in implementing Activity Based Costing (Part 1 of 2)?

My previous blogs series- “Why do you need profitability analysis?” and “Activity based costing for profitability analysis” highlights  the need for profitability analysis and discusses the challenges expected in ABC implementation. As a next step, this blog discusses the role of IT in adoption of Activity Based Costing (ABC) methodology.

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December 29, 2009

“SAP BPC Owned by Business developed by IT” is it a reality or myth.

It is a general perception that SAP BPC can be easily managed or supported by Business which helps in reducing total cost of ownership and reducing dependency of business on IT dept.

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October 21, 2009

Why do you need profitability analysis? (Part - 2)

In the part 1 of this blog (, we discussed few of the pain points that business are facing today. Moving ahead let’s see how would profitability analysis help solve them and how can such a solution be implemented.

Consider a scenario where your company creates profitability report for its products, product lines, customers, channels and geography; or any combination thereof. You as a sales manager sort the customers based on their profitability and know the most profitable and least profitable customers. You treat your most profitable customers best. You also analyze the unprofitable customers and devise plan either to make them profitable or divest them. You have information about the customer-product profitability and clearly know which products to focus for maximizing the company’s profit.

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September 22, 2009

The Evolving Financial Consolidation Landscape (Part 2 of 2)

In my previous post, I introduced you to the new ‘financial controlling’ order and how SAP has evolved to keep abreast with the ever changing business requirements, especially the CFO’s office.

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