Simplicity is the focus in VirtDB`s implementation process for their data access solutions. [shutterstock: 404482279, Jirsak]
Integrating data access solutions into an existing SAP system and subsequently gathering business intelligence can be a difficult task. Getting the job done quickly and efficiently at Pacoma is the focus of a report recently released by Hungarian data access specialist VirtDB.
Pacoma is one of the leading suppliers of hydraulic cylinders worldwide, with more than 40 years of experience and customers in many production industries. The company is managing large parts of their business through SAP ERP but was struggling to answer important business questions.
The Daily Data Struggle
Additional problems are stated by VirtDB in the areas of developing and maintaining reports about material management, finance, quality management and other key areas of operations.
Pacoma noted it was important that all data access and extraction can be done in background and run automatically daily or weekly to eliminate the personal effort involved in daily data uploads.
Ready in Three Days
Covering five SAP modules in total, VirtDB managed to get their Data Unfolder and Tableau BI suit ready and working within just three days.
When asked about their priorities in the implementation process, Laszlo Kovacs, Marketing Manager at VirtDB emphasizes that the focus is on simplicity.
Kovacs stated, “We put a lot of thought in making the installation process as easy and fast as possible. Pacoma purchased the product, but they have their SAP hosted in the cloud, managed by a third party who we never talked to.”
He then describes the process,” We just sent the install kit to the customer who then forwarded it to their hosting provider and without any assistance – not even remote – they just notified us 3 days later, that Data Unfolder is up and running. “
Eliminating Manual Extracts
VirtDB reports that combining Data Unfolder and Tableau BI suit immediately allowed Pacoma to automatize data extracts from SAP ERP directly to Tableau Server daily and weekly.
Thanks to Data Unfolder’s business logic data access and Tableau’s analytics platform, Pacoma eliminated 99% of manual data extracts coming from SAP with 200 extracts per week.
This way, Pacoma can now focus on delivering business insights much faster to make better-informed operational decisions about their overall business activities.