Indian conglomerate company Amara Raja Group successfully completes its SAP S/4HANA ERP digital transformation with support from Accenture, despite the nationwide-lockdown imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The multinational company’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), Kishore Hirani, believes the move to SAP S/4HANA will pivot the company’s journey to technological modernization and innovation that will drive business success in an always-on, digitally-connected and data-driven world.
“In a world where enterprises and business models are constantly being disrupted by the rapid pace of innovation and dynamic market trends, we believe that leading-edge technology can prove to be a game-changer. We are confident that our new intelligent enterprise platform on SAP S/4HANA will help us build a strong digital core and support our future business requirements. We have been ably supported by Accenture in this project, and value the technology and domain expertise that they brought to this journey.”
Amara Raja Group—FUTURE-READY with SAP
The migration to SAP S/4HANA provides Amara Raja Group with the tools and technology needed to drive its future growth plans across all six of its group companies and 14 business verticals. SAP S/4HANA addresses industry-specific requirements with proven best practices, enables new business models, and automation for its core business processes across the group:
- finance and accounting
- plant maintenance
- production planning materials and inventory management
- quality control
- product warranty management
- human capital management
- sales & distribution
- customer service functions
With artificial intelligence, robotic process automation, data analytics, conversational interface, and digital assistants, SAP S/4HANA revolutionizes the company’s business processes with intelligent automation—allowing the company to make better decisions more effectively in a highly volatile economy. Jayadev Galla, Amara Raja Group’s Co-Founder and Vice Chairman said:
“The SAP S/4HANA deployment is a key milestone in our technology modernization journey and will help us drive innovation in our business processes to be a digitally enabled environment. This is not just an IT transformation project but is a business transformation lever for the group that will make our decision-making process more agile and support strategic growth plans.”
Moreover, the intelligent ERP deployment demonstrates the organization’s resilience in the face of difficulties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Using innovative remote collaboration tools such as Alt Zippi and Alt Worklife and by leveraging its WE@AR digital connectivity platform, the company’s IDEA project team successfully executed key software deployments and training despite the nation-wide lockdown mandates imposed in India:
- User Acceptance Test (UAT)
- end-user training
- the cutover transition from its legacy IT systems
- implementation of all core modules of SAP S/4HANA and latest HANA modules such as SAP Transport Management, Extended Warehouse Management, Vendor Invoice Management, SAP Analytics Cloud, Export-Import Solution, SAP Governance and SAP Risk and Controls
About Amara Raja Group
Founded in 1985 by Dr. Ramachandra Galla, The Amara Raja Group is one of the fastest-growing conglomerates in India with a revenue exceeding USD 1 Billion. It is one of the largest manufacturers of automotive and industrial batteries in the country and is anchored by a workforce of 14,000+ employees working for 6 companies encompassing 14 businesses.
The group caters to various industries which include the automotive battery business, packaged foods and beverages, electronics products manufacturing, infrastructure sector, power system production and fabrication of sheet metal products and fasteners.