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Veolia undergoes business transformation with SAP S/4HANA on IBM Cloud

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Veolia resourcesResource scarcity, shifting social dynamics and global uncertainty have led to a greater awareness of environmental impacts than ever before.

Veolia, an integrated provider of water, waste and energy services, is helping its customers and the communities within which it operates solve the complex environmental challenges they face. By rethinking sustainability, we are able to reuse water for aquaculture, recover and reduce energy usage, and recycle waste to create new materials. With yesterday’s old, we can build a new tomorrow.

Integrating business to drive efficiency

Commencing in 2014, Veolia has been on a journey to unify its operational business across water, waste and energy to drive efficiency through the removal of duplicated processes, consolidation of business systems and a focus on remediating data inconsistency and errors. The goal is ultimately to streamline the organization, reduce costs and ensure a consistent approach to business governance.

While the removal of duplicated systems and processes formed one part of the back-office integration, there was an immediate need to replace redundant and unsupported systems. It was imperative to implement a robust system which could grow with the organization.

The need for standardized business processes and rules, in partnership with homogeneous data and reporting models, led Veolia to embark on implementing a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) financial system.

Choosing SAP S/4HANA on IBM Cloud

Veolia selected SAP S/4HANA to replace the unsupported legacy platform with IBM Global Business Services assisting with implementation and ongoing support.

Veolia has adopted a cloud-first strategy to minimize its physical footprint and data centers. In the next two to three years, it will be completely data-center-free throughout the global organization.

With a global relationship with IBM in place, Veolia decided to run S/4HANA on IBM Cloud for SAP Applications.

Realizing benefits

Moving to a single process has reduced the timeframe in which the company creates its monthly business cycle. Formalizing and controlling the procurement process has driven cost efficiency and improved transparency.

With IBM Cloud, there’s flexibility to stand up an environment very quickly, as well as in taking it down quickly when the company is done using it.

Business security has also been elevated with the use of IBM Cloud.

IBM delivers support services at a lower cost than insourcing for Veolia.

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