Eppendorf Reaches Milestone in Global Restructuring of SAP Financial Processes

“With the successful implementation of the first project phase ‘NEW CO 2021,’ SNP has impressively demonstrated its expertise in harmonizing global SAP landscapes and their full history. We are now ready for the second project phase ‘NEW GL’ –with SNP as our reliable partner.” - Jelte van Vliet, Project Manager Accounting, Eppendorf SE


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At a glance

The Challenge

Eppendorf launched a finance re-engineering program to restructure its global SAP processes. The first project “NEW CO 2021” involved merging controlling areas, harmonizing master data and introducing profit center accounting.

Eppendorf used two SAP ERP systems, one for all international activities and one for all activities in China. The goal was to perform a complete historical conversion of both SAP ERP systems while reducing the controlling areas from 63 down to a minimum.

The Benefits

  • One cross-company profit center reporting layer and segment reporting layer
  • Integration of statutory and management reporting
  • Expanded functions for cross-company code activity allocation
  • Consistent and simplified maintenance of the master data for cost elements commercial, etc.).

The Solution

To achieve the goal, a currency conversion was performed to ensure that all the controlling areas were in order. The Indian controlling area had to be kept due to the fiscal year variant, but the cost center structure was harmonized. Other activities included reorganizing the cost centers and harmonizing the chart of accounts.

Given the dynamic environment, the project plan was closely aligned to the annual IT patch plan – a highly important element in a validated environment. The administration and scheduling of system copies, migrations and test cycles was pivotal to achieving an excellent result for the customer. The SNP team and Eppendorf worked closely together with Lufthansa Industries (consulting) and Arvato (infrastructure) to ensure the success of the project.

Both systems went live on one weekend. SNP is now ready for the second part of the finance re- engineering program at Eppendorf. SNP is going to be part of the project “NEW GL 2022/2023” to further support Eppendorf in redesigning its global SAP financial system.

Key Facts

Project Type

Merge of the controlling area and full historical harmonization of the system landscape


  • Design →Build →TM0 →TM1 →TM2 →Go-live simulation →Go-live →Hypercare
  • The project ran in two SAP production systems (China, ROW) simultaneously and in parallel


The project was part of Eppendorf’s re-engineering program that includes “NEW CO 2021,” which focuses on merging controlling areas, and the upcoming “NEW GL 2022/2023,” which aims to redesign the global SAP financial system.

The primary goal is to improve FI and CO processes so that they are standardized and future-oriented globally and for all legal entities in addition to being able to map various reporting layers (e.g. tax, ledgers).

SNP Products

  • CrystalBridge®–The Data Transformation Platform
  • Transformation Cockpit (Tc)

Project duration

6 months (NEW CO 2021)


Countries involved



Controlling areas

Reduced from 63 to 3



Lufthansa Industries, Arvato

About Eppendorf

Eppendorf is a leading life science company and develops, manufactures and distributes systems for use in laboratories around the world. Divided into the four core business areas Liquid Handling, Consumables, Separation & Instrumentation and Lab Solutions, the product portfolio includes pipettes, pipette tips, centrifuges, mixers and ultra-low temperature instruments. In addition, Eppendorf offers a wide range of high-quality consumables. The Lab Solutions division works on digital solutions for complete laboratory workflows.

Eppendorf has been active since 1945, is headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, and employs more than 5,000 people worldwide. The Group has subsidiaries in 33 countries and is represented by sales partners on all continents and in all major markets.



Hamburg, Germany



EUR 1,100 million (2021)



Life Science



> 5,000