|[March 20, 2012]
Edmund Optics "Goes Live" With SAP® Business All-in-One and Other Solutions From SAP, Deployed by Answerthink
MIAMI --(Business Wire)--
Answerthink, a division of The Hackett Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCKT)
focused on providing and supporting SAP (News - Alert)® solutions, today
announced the successful go-live implementation of the SAP Business
All-in-One solution and other SAP solutions at Edmund Optics, Inc.
Edmund Optics, headquartered in Barrington, NJ, has been a leading
supplier of optics and optical components to industry for 70 years,
designing and manufacturing a wide array of multi-element lenses, lens
coatings, imaging systems, and opto-mechanical equipment. Led by a staff
of skilled optical engineers and scientists, Edmund Optics is
application-focused and pursues new ways to implement optical
technology, enabling advancements in semiconductor manufacturing,
industrial metrology, and medical instrumentation. Its precision
products improve efficiencies and yields and are used in test and
measurement quality assurance applications, the automation of
manufacturing processes, and research.
Edmund needed to upgrade from its legacy system to a solution providing
integrated functionality and a stable environment capable of supporting
future growth within its global operations. The implementation of SAP
solutions brings Edmund Optics' U.S. operations onto one integrated
system while setting the stage for future deployments of SAP solutions
in other locations outside of the U.S. Edmund has several complicated
business processes, supported by the SAP solutions as part of the
standard system, unlike its legacy system that required customization.
Now Edmund will realize lower cost of ownership and support utilizing
standard capabilities of the SAP solutions.
The project was completed in 32 weeks, which included core functionality
in the areas of finance, materials management, production planning,
customer relationship management, human capital management, business
intelligence, and sales and distribution.
This was an aggressive project, considering the depth of business
processes undertaken in an eight month timeline. Edmund required
multiple order-to-cash sales processes utilizing the SAP Customer
Relationship Management (SAP CRM) application and core sales and
distribution functionality with a Web interface. Full finance and
controlling was implemented for internal and external reporting. Edmund
utilized materials management for procurement, warehouse management and
radio frequency for warehouse operations along with production planning
for its manufacturing processes. The SAP ERP Human Capital Management
(SAP ERP HCM) solution was implemented for time-tracking and
cost-collecting. Edmund used a combination of SAP NetWeaver® Business
Warehouse and SAP Businessbjects™ solutions, including the SAP
BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation application, for its business
intelligence reporting and budget processes.
"The use of these SAP solutions will enable us at Edmund to synchronize
our global manufacturing and distribution system, delivering better
information to the company, which in turn will allow us to better serve
our customers," said Jeff Harvey, director of Information Systems,
Edmund Optics. "Answerthink (News - Alert) provided the perfect partnership, leveraging
its global implementation experience with SAP solutions to provide us
the wisdom needed to implement this software in our three facilities in
the United States."
"The combination of scope, time and budget success would not have been
achieved without the hard-working Edmund core and extended teams, who
worked incredibly well with our experienced Answerthink team," said John
McGrath, principal, SAP Solutions Group, Answerthink. "This
collaboration resulted in one of the most rapid post-go-live
stabilizations that we have ever experienced."
Answerthink is a strategic business and technology consulting firm that
enables companies to achieve world-class business performance.
is an SAP gold channel partner that develops and offers qualified SAP
Business All-in-One partner solutions - industry-specific software,
implementation and training packaged solutions. By leveraging the best
practices database of The Hackett Group, Answerthink helps clients
improve performance and maximize returns on investments in SAP software.
Answerthink is a division of The Hackett Group. Answerthink has been
awarded a 2012 SAP Partner Impact award as the Overall SAP Channel
Partner of the Year for North America.
About The Hackett Group, Inc.
Hackett Group (NASDAQ: HCKT), a global strategic business
advisory and operations improvement consulting firm, is a leader in
best practice advisory, business
benchmarking, and transformation consulting services including
strategy and operations, working
capital management, and globalization advice.
Utilizing best practices and implementation insights from more than
7,500 benchmarking studies, executives use The Hackett Group's
empirically-based approach to quickly define and implement initiatives
that enable world-class performance. Through its REL group, The Hackett
Group offers working capital solutions focused on delivering significant
cash flow improvements. Through its Archstone Consulting group, The
Hackett Group offers Strategy & Operations consulting services in the
Consumer and Industrial Products, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, and
Financial Services industry sectors. Through its Hackett Technology
Solutions group, The Hackett Group offers business application
consulting services that help maximize returns on IT investments. The
Hackett Group has completed benchmark studies with over 2,800 major
corporations and government agencies, including 97% of the Dow Jones
Industrials, 86% of the Fortune 100, 90% of the DAX 30 and 48% of the
More information on The Hackett Group is available: by phone at (770)
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