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Supporting a global company that utilises raw materials to provide high-quality solutions
Going Live, Apart, but Together with Sibelco
- In October 2018, Deloitte was engaged by Sibelco to jointly deliver an S/4HANA enabled business transformation programme, focused on global end-to-end processes and embedding Sibelco’s operating model. Thanks to determination and great collaboration, the platform was successfully rolled out in the Nordics and the United States in spring 2020, despite COVID-19 restricting face-to-face meetings.
“We are very happy that our team together with Deloitte was able to adapt the plans so quickly and set up a completely remote way of working for the central project team, working closely together with the Sibelco resources based in the Nordics and the United States and making use of advanced concepts and technologies, including a virtual project room, which connected the teams 24/7 in different time zones. The new approach was a real success and as travel could be limited, we managed to reduce related costs substantially and have a major impact on our global carbon footprint.”
Sibelco is a Belgian headquartered global material solutions company that utilises nature’s raw materials to provide high-quality solutions for society. The new S/4HANA platform had to serve as a foundation to enable digitisation and automation, preparing the company for the next decade as a data driven and efficient organisation and moving to the cloud.
After a successful go-live of the pilot in Taiwan and Iberia in autumn 2019, the team was geared up for the deployment in the Nordics and the United States in spring 2020, when the global COVID-19 pandemic led to the introduction of many restrictions worldwide, including a travel ban.
New ways of working
Pre-COVID-19, it would have been considered as a mission impossible to introduce a new ERP solution, without going on-site. Based upon the concept of Going Live Apart but Together, Sibelco and Deloitte have decided to accelerate the global deployment of the solution and to get the global Sibelco organisation gradually adopting the new ways of working with each new go-live and all together by the winter of 2021.