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SAP Transition at Briggs and Stratton : 

SAP Transition at Briggs and Stratton By: Amanda Bellows and Jeff Hanke Date: July 1st, 2010

Agenda : 

Agenda History Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) System Applications and Products (SAP) Transition Training Testing Infrastructure Complaints Conclusion

History : 

History Name first used in 1872 in Milwaukee, WI and the company was then moved to Port Washington, WI Started out only making a handful of products (snow blowers, lawnmowers, and attachments) Started out small with out a necessary need of a software system As the company grew it needed a software system to control inventory, pricing, orders, etc. Simplicity started out with a system call BAMCS.

Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) : 

Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP)

Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) : 

Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) Identifying, planning and controlling system Manufacturing, shipping, and accounting which is what Simplicity needed. Snapper products already had an ERP system in place Simplicity wanted all of its facilities uniform and to all be in the JBA ERP system

Systems Applications and Products (SAP) : 

Systems Applications and Products (SAP)

Systems Applications and Products (SAP) : 

Systems Applications and Products (SAP) Started in 1972 by five former IBM employees in Mannheim, Germany Worlds forth largest independent software supplier overall. Consists of several modules or areas for each core business process Each module has its own database Each database can be shared with everyone.

Transition : 

Transition Unisys Bamcs to SAP began shortly after Briggs and Stratton bought Simplicity Inventory and Open orders were still in Bamcs until the complete switch over The transition took place on 4th of July weekend in 2006

Training : 

Training There was a training trailer that was in the parking lot of the former Simplicity building This was mainly for office employees, accounting, purchasing, managers, etc.

Testing : 

Testing There was some testing done as some parts of the SAP software were active as Bamcs was still active. Audits were done on record counts and dollar balances from the Bamcs system and compared to the new SAP reports There was a lot of cross referencing information from the old system to the new system

SAP Test : 

SAP Test

Infrastructure : 

Infrastructure All of the equipment needed for the new SAP system Simplicity was already equipped with. Category 5, category 6 and fiber optic cable were already there All desktop computers did need to be replaced. Bamcs was being run on Apple computers with green screens

Complaints : 

Complaints Minimum complaints through out the company. Certain departments were granted extensive training, some departments were not so lucky The SAP system employees would have to go through 3-4 screens to get to the information that they were looking for which was a change from Bamcs. The system being down was hard for floor employees because they were unable to print bar codes for the tractors Troubles were corrected almost immediately

Conclusion : 

Conclusion Having a local company being bought out by a larger company is never easy The transition from Bamcs to SAP seemed troublesome to many of the employees at Briggs, but in the end it was understood why the change needed to be made to the software system. SAP ended up being successful because all of the Briggs and Stratton Facilities were connected by the software.

Thank You : 

Thank You

References : 

References (2010). Company history: simplicity manufacturing inc. Retrieved June 26, 2010, from Cobol Programming Language (1999). History of cobol. Retrieved June 25, 2010, from Litten, N. (n.d.). The rise and fall of jba consulting. Retrieved June 25, 2010, from *Other information was obtained from David Duren, IT manager at Briggs and Stratton

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