The Swedish-American automotive supplier Autoliv used to run different EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) and ERP solutions at its 32 European sites. Because this meant changes in the systems were extremely time-consuming, if not impossible, it cost the company a significant amount of time and money. Autoliv therefore decided to consolidate its IT landscape. First, a standardised, central EDI system was implemented to simplify the subsequent migration to a cross-site SAP ERP environment. In the selection process for an EDI solution, SEEBURGER came out ahead of the other providers due to its clear release strategy and EDI and SAP expertise.
"In this project, the key factor was ensuring a safe investment for Autoliv. It was necessary for the Autoliv employees to be able to run and adapt the B2B/EDI system fully independently. The legacy systems were less flexible in this respect, and modifications cost a lot of time and money," says Dirk Gröner, Senior Vice President, SEEBURGER.
As a central data hub, Business Integration Server from SEEBURGER provides more control and standardisation. Thanks to the SEE-XML concept, which enables partner mappings to be transferred unchanged from the SEEBURGER library, the migration expense could also be reduced by one third. The time-to-market was also accelerated.
Olaf Schwartz, Manager IT Business Competence Center, Autoliv: "Today, changes to the system can be made in 5 to 10 days. Previously, we needed up to a year. As a result, within two years, we have been able to reduce EDI expenditure by half."