One Solution for a Global Footprint

For decades the Company and its subsidiaries have driven innovation in advanced sealing, thermal management and protection solutions. Through deeply integrated customer success practices, the Company has expanded its mission to fuel new research and development theory into scalable, manufacturable products and cutting-edge solutions. With a rich history of acquisitions and expansion, the Company continues to be a leading name in Industrial and Metal Manufacturing, Enterprise and Consumer Electronics, and Transportation.

About the Company

A growth-centric mindset has long been part of the Company’s DNA. Initially founded as an industrial fabricator, the Company embraced a culture of strategic acquisition, applying its innovative approach to a range of industries. Over 80 years later, with more than 6,000 employees across 30+ facilities worldwide, the Company yields over $1B in revenue.

Across each stage of the growth cycle, it has relied on a network of systems to manage core operational functions including financial control and reporting, accounts payable, cash management, project financials – among others. Over time, its centralized enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems were augmented as the company integrated acquired brands and their ERP systems. This ultimately created a complex, disparate network of 12 ERPs, including both Oracle 11.5.10 and Salesforce, which were not all compatible at a granular level – shining a light on the long-term risk toward the business.

In a highly digital landscape where information produces the most reliable results, without an ERP infrastructure that enabled the seamless flow of data, affording the clearest picture into the health of the business was simply impossible. It became clear that the Company needed to consolidate its ERPs, not only to ensure more effective operations, but to establish clear standardization guidelines across the entire global organization.

The Unintended Headaches of Rapid, Global Growth

After recognizing the need to change, the Company quickly came to terms with the scope of the project at hand. It needed to take an entire global enterprise infrastructure and streamline back-end systems with a minimal disruption as possible to the day-to-day operations. This would be a multi-year endeavor, requiring the expertise of a third-party to help plan, manage and deploy critical system changes, so the Company could continue meeting its yearly growth goals.

It issued an RFP with several key criteria in mind: a relationship-first practice, with a proven track-record in helping enterprises make similar transitions that possessed expertise in Oracle Cloud, Oracle ERP and Oracle Supply Chain Manufacturing (SCM). Meeting each of these criteria in strides, along with a recommendation directly from Oracle, Apps Associates was identified as the partner of record. Apps stood out for its implementation and project management approach, integrating with client teams as a single unit to set goals and drive target deadlines.

Finding a Partner, Not A Vendor

Once the partnership had been cemented as a three-year engagement, Apps went to work moving the disparate ERP systems into Fusion Cloud. This would include migrating existing legacy Financial Management System to Oracle ERP cloud applications. Over the course of the first two years, Apps successfully implemented a consolidated Oracle ERP Cloud, which included a mix of processes and modules, such as:

  • General Ledger
  • Accounts Payables
  • Invoice Imaging
  • Accounts Receivables
  • Advanced Collections
  • Cash Management
  • Financial Control and Reporting
  • Project Financials
  • Time and Labor
  • Procurement
  • Order Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Inventory
  • Costing
  • Supply Chain Planning

As a result, the Company has seen not only improved operation controls, but established new framework for additional growth. As Oracle ERP Cloud brings together these core systems, the Company can better plan for the next phase of its journey with the strongest information possible.

A Roadmap to Success

About Apps Associates

Apps Associates is an enterprise application services leader with a customer-first focus. For more than two decades IT decision makers have turned to Apps Associates for strategic counsel, system integration and the services required to solve their most complex business and digital transformation challenges.

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