First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems using advanced module and system technology. They focus on building a sustainable future by leading with sustainable energy. First Solar wanted to transition from ECC to S/4HANA.
First Solar focuses on supporting services that include finance, construction, maintenance and end-of-life panel recycling. First Solar needs to transition from an older system to a new and improved one; S/4HANA offers reduced risk, less cost, easy transition across business functions and can alleviate current issues experience in the current financial close process. Cognitus assess the situation and requirements, then proposes the best approach to offer a solution.
. Reduction in database footprint
. Increase in processing speed and analytics
. Enable finance, supply chain, and order to cash roadmaps including accelerated close
. Improved usability enabling fast decision making
. Pre-built industry functionality to ease configuration, transacting and reporting
. “Ready to run” businessprocesses out of the box
. Data-based, expert advice and focus on exhaustive testing by Cognitus
. TERA 0 & 1 (manufacturing expansions) would be complete before S/4 went live
. Targeted Q3 2018, to get through month-end & quarter-end prior to Q4 system freeze
. SAP hardware was nearing end of life
. Allowed S/4 to be online before the rush to hit the SAP ECC sunset in 2025
. Positioned First Solar to address functional gaps, process optimization and further reduction of operational expense in Q4 2018