Future-ready: Carve-out, Conversion to SAP S/4HANA and Move to SAP S/4HANA Cloud in One Step“The aim of the comprehensive restructuring and modernization of our IT landscape was to create an innovative IT environment that functions as a strategic partner to the business units and therefore goes far beyond the traditional role of our IT to date. The market is constantly changing, and the requirements are becoming more complex. Therefore, our entire IT landscape needs to be future-oriented and scalable while providing the necessary security. We have now established the framework to provide added value for our company and increase competitiveness. SNP has provided us with reliable support on this journey.” - Jürgen Adä, Head of IT, CreatonGroup
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At the end of 2020, Creaton announced the merger with Terreal, the French industry leader in roofing products and innovative solutions for building envelopes. Previously, the company belonged to the Etex Group. As a result, Creaton and its six company codes needed to be removed from the Etex system so that they could be set up in a new system. At the same time as this carve-out, the conversion took place from the previous SAP R/3 system to the latest system, SAP S/4HANA. Furthermore, the system had to be built in SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition on Microsoft Azure. This meant that three highly complex subprojects needed to be optimally combined with each other and the end-to-end processes adapted to the new environment. In addition, all workstations, i.e. the entire workplace infrastructure, would be moved to the Azure 365 Cloud.
The aim of the comprehensive restructuring and modernization of the IT landscape was to create an innovative IT environment that functions as a strategic partner to the business units and therefore goes far beyond the traditional role of IT to date. A tight time frame of only 12 months was available for this comprehensive project scope.
- Projects combined in one step: carve-out, move to the cloud, implementation of SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition
- Project completed on time and on budget
- Complete system conversion performed in only 5 days (including 2 working days)
- Production continued without interruption
- Selective data migration during the year
- International SAP key users within the CreatonGroup strengthened considerably
Based on an extensive analysis of the existing SAP systems with SNP’s software CrystalBridge®, SNP developed a customized transformation strategy for Creaton. At the same time, the SNP team created an empty shell copy (1:1 transfer of the processes with the necessary adjustments to customizing and code) containing the complete configuration of the SAP system. This copy served as the target system for migration. SNP’s BLUEFIELD™ approach was used for the move to SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition, combining the move to the cloud and the carve-out from the Etex system in a single step. As part of the S/4HANA upgrade, SNP carved out the six relevant company codes from the Etex system, adapted SAP S/4HANA simplifications, transferred the customer’s in- house developments, created business partners and carried out the conversion to the New General Ledger.
Carve-out, implementatio nof SAP S/4HANA Cloud, move to the cloud
Selective carve-out of six company codes during the year with implementation of SAP S/4HANA as SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition, in one step. Other parts of the project: SNP Shell, introduction of New General Ledger and business partners, and implementation of S/4HANA simplifications.
- CrystalBridge® –The Data Transformation Platform
- Transformation Cockpit (Tc); Empty Target System (Et)
Creaton is one of the leading roofing brands in Europe. The company, which has been part of Terreal since 2021, has a comprehensive range of products for pitched roofs and produces and distributes clay roof tiles, concrete roof tiles and system accessories as well as a wide variety of solar solutions throughout Central and Eastern Europe. The company combines tradition and innovation in its products and stands for high-quality raw materials that are processed into first-class products in efficient manufacturing processes. Creaton’s IT landscape needs to live up to these standards too.