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St. Lawrence Cement (now operating as Holcim Canada)

Project: Setting Up a SAP BW Information Warehouse

Client

  • A member of Holderband international holding (now Holcim), St. Lawrence Cement Inc. is a major manufacturer and supplier of products and services for the construction industry. The company produces cement, mineral, components, concrete and aggregates, and provides construction services. Its operations are located in Canada and on the Atlantic coast of the United States
  • Over the last few years, St. Lawrence Cement has maintained its growth rate to become the leader in these markets. In 2000 and 2001, the company recorded sales of over one billion dollars. Due to its strategic acquisitions, investments in new installations and its sense of innovation, St. Lawrence Cement is constantly improving its capacity to offer products and services that perfectly meet their clients’ needs
  • Through the intermediary of various business units, St. Lawrence Cement operates cement works and cement distribution centres, plants for mineral components, plants for ready to use concrete, rock quarries and sand quarries
  • In a context of market globalization and intensified competition, the Holcim Group has undertaken a process of global harmonization of its business and management processes in order to increase its competitiveness as well as its efficiency in production, sales, distribution and operations

Challenges

  • Complete a pilot project at St. Lawrence Cement for implementing management reports and key management indicators, within the framework of a standardization project for the Holcim group
  • Based on a unique and standardized business model, the implementation of these reports and indicators involves significant changes in ways of doing things

Objectives

  • Keeping in mind the wide variety of information sources required to meet needs, design a global solution for the company’s business intelligence systems in order to effectively standardize management indicators, business rules and information distribution
  • Transfer acquired knowledge to company personnel

Actions Completed

  • Project planning and organization, including the global design of the solution, and selecting the different technologies as well as suppliers
  • Defining and selecting the permanent structure to ensure the development, implementation and support of the solution, the training of various interveners, the detailed definition of the needs and the ongoing support for business intelligence systems
  • Setting up a SAP BW information warehouse complete with access tools (reports and control panels) and extraction tools within an environment distinct from the operational systems environment

Achieved Results

  • Tangible benefits generated by better access to quality strategic information, at the right time, and based on a standard company model
  • Harmonization of business processes, for example, the development of over 100 dynamic reports or control panels and an equivalent number of key management indicators covering all company activities and sectors, all this in conformity with the model adopted by the Holcim Group
  • Reduction in realization costs
  • Development of a quality and stable business intelligence environment that ensures a progressive company technical infrastructure
  • Implementation of SAP BW in an advanced environment has allowed St. Lawrence Cement to successfully realize several other projects that generated considerable benefits

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