Keeping Watch for Movado
In Movado's legacy ERP system, a
user could start out with incomplete or incorrect data and fix it
along the way. SAP requires complete accuracy with master data from
the beginning. These exacting standards were a whole new world for
Movado. A world that would change the way the company handles their
new internal business processes.
So, a critical part of this
transition for Dr. Frank Morelli, SVP Global Business Process &
CIO of Movado, was the management of the company's data.
Documentation while managing the
data through this change was also a priority. Movado woud be under
tremendous scrutiny because of the scope and reach of the
implementation. It was imperative that documented evidence of
control checks be available. The requirements for documentation of
specifications, transports, change management, testing and
validations were above and beyond anything you could imagine.
Morelli explains, "There were valid concerns about moving an entire
company's worth of data all at once, worldwide, changing every
major business process and running the company on all new software.
We were moving fast and the documentation were important".
Understanding the preparation before
go-live and execution of maintenance afterwards could take away
much of the unnecessary challenges with the upcoming move to the
new ERP system, Frank was looking for a solution.
Movado was prepared. Through the use
of ERP², they were able to overcome many of the hurdles
associated with the migration and management of SAP data. They did
a tremendous amount of testing and had a successful go-live right
from the start. They were able to successfully complete all of
their business activities: take and fill orders, ship product and
collect revenue - the whole 9 yards. The efforts of all the MGI
employees were recognized by Movado's inclusion in the 2009
Information Week 500. much of the success with master data can be
attributed to their employees' use of Quadrate's data loading
Almost a year later, the
software continues to be the go-to solution for uploading data.
Users with no technical skills can use ERP² to securely
transfer data into SAP. Being able to use Microsoft products
without loss of data integrity made the software very appealing.
"The Quadrate users are loading their own data. Excel is something
they use every day and they are happy" explained Ravi Karingula,
Movado's GIT Developer. Knowing all the SAP validations are
performed and there is no way to go around the users security
settings, gives the IT group a feeling of confidence with the
line is, "Movado goes to Quadrate first for mass loads" states
Movado Group Inc. experienced
immediate benefits from implementing ERP².
Proactive environment for better data
ERP² allows the users to provide
cleaner, more accurate and up-to-date data. Information is now
available as needed because the user can consolidate information in
Excel and easily up-load it into SAP.
"One of the things ERP² has
allowed is a proactive environment."
Ease the burden on SAP users
ERP² is established to remove
distractions by providing the business community with everyday,
familiar tools to accomplish their tasks.
"It's not a painful process
for them any longer. They just receive an Excel file and populate
it with what is needed."
Lightens the load on IT staff
With ERP², users' loads are lightened by simplifying time
consuming data maintenance processes and allowing business users to
manage their own data.