Asian companies go real-time with SAP HANA

Avon Cycles, India’s largest cycle manufacturer, and Nongfu Spring, China’s largest bottled water producer, are now ramp up customers of SAP HANA. The new product suite brings analytics and transactions into a single in-memory platform.

At Avon, the SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA replaced an Oracle system.

“At Avon Cycles, we are constantly looking for ways to do things faster, smarter and more efficiently. We need to constantly manage a huge volume of bought out components – each bicycle has more than 360 components and there are over 200 models with an average of three sizes per model and three colors in each size.  Adding to the complexity is the challenge of forecasting our sales as bicycles are regarded as commodities in India, resulting in a very short lead time for material requirements planning. Transforming to real-time planning and monitoring of order fulfilment scenarios are extremely critical for Avon Cycles,” said Kuljeet Singh Sethi, CIO, Avon Cycles Ltd.

In 2011, Nongfu Spring became the first customer for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse powered by SAP HANA in China. 

“Now again, we are leading the way in adopting SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA,” said Hu Jian, CIO, Nongfu Spring. “SAP has given us strong support in our informatization process and our cooperation with SAP has led to an exciting transformation journey. By adopting SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA, Nongfu Spring expects to achieve smarter business innovation, faster business processes and simpler business interactions to become a true real-time enterprise.”

SAP Business Suite now powered by SAP HANA represents a new option offered to SAP Business Suite customers. It helps to provide customers with an exceptional ability to translate real-time insights to action while removing the complexity of redundant data and systems.

SAP HANA – the next generation platform – is well-suited to help customers navigate the dynamic market conditions of the Asia Pacific region, home to four of the five world’s fastest-growing economies, 60 per cent of the world’s population, and an urban population of 1.9 billion people that’s expected to balloon to 3.3 billion by 2050. This environment presents businesses with both challenges and opportunities. With fierce competition and ever-changing conditions, real-time access to information becomes critical for decision-making.

“In many economies across Asia Pacific, demographics are shifting. The favourable conditions that fuelled growth are vulnerable to increased volatility. To sustain growth in this new reality, economies need innovative businesses, and innovation requires getting the right information in real time,” said Steve Watts, President of SAP Asia Pacific Japan. “Real-time computing will have a profound impact on the way business gets done in Asia. It’s a historical milestone for our customers, our ecosystem of partners and for SAP. When businesses make better decisions faster and innovate their business processes and models, the entire economy benefits.”

 SAP itself went live on the SAP Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM) application powered by the SAP HANA platform in two and a half months. More than 14,000 SAP employees worldwide have real-time access to real-time business insights for smarter decision making and new productivity gains.