The transformation is set to increase speed, visibility and reporting in support of Cooper Standard’s accelerated growth

Capgemini announced the completion of a global implementation of SAP S/4HANA® for longtime client Cooper Standard, a leading global supplier of systems and components for the automotive industry. This transformation will allow Cooper Standard to improve the visibility of its data, the speed of its operations, and the strength of its IT security.

Starting in 2015, Capgemini partnered with Cooper Standard to accelerate the implementation of a single instance SAP® ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) worldwide. With 80 per cent of the journey completed, Cooper Standard made the decision to complete a global brownfield conversion to SAP S/4HANA hosted in the cloud. This would allow the company to maximize its ability to accomplish its short and long-term objectives.

Working hand-in-hand with Capgemini, Cooper Standard migrated from ECC to SAP S/4HANA at 74 sites, which have 5,240 users running more than four million transactions daily. This approach allowed Cooper Standard to migrate without re-implementation or disruption to existing business processes. It also gave it the ability to re-evaluate customized and existing process flows.

“The SAP S/4HANA implementation has been at the center of Cooper Standard’s growth goals,” said Soma Venkat, Vice President, Information Technology, Cooper Standard. “We will be able to get benefits right away, such as speed, reporting, analytics, and more. This is an important step in our digital transformation plans to be cloud-first and mobile-first.”

The decision to move to SAP S/4HANA now will give Cooper Standard the ability to improve processes incrementally instead of through a significant change management project. Through its continued partnership with Capgemini, Cooper Standard plans to springboard this initiative with moves into adjacent markets, changes to its business models, and continued innovation.

“Auto suppliers are being asked to increase responsiveness and their ability to meet just-in-time delivery from original equipment manufacturers,” said Markus Winkler, Global Head of the Automotive Sector at Capgemini. “Speed and visibility are critical to being able to respond to those demands. We’re proud to have supported Cooper Standard’s latest transformation which we believe will set the company up for even more success on top of its already market-leading capabilities.”