Getting MARS in sync: Optimizing performance for real-time integration
MARS, a global manufacturer of confectionery, pet food, and other food products, was facing several difficulties with their account planning tool. It was difficult to use, unreliable, and support for the technology was at risk of being phased out. In addition, MARS used the Event Manager to track incremental volume, which was constantly changing. However, these changes were not constantly synced with the SAP BPC functionality of their Account Planner, used to track base volume. Syncing was limited to nightly batch loads. The fluctuations between base and incremental volumes resulted in lagged spending adjustments, making staying within budget increasingly difficult. MARS needed an SAP BPC solution that would sync with their Event Manager in real-time.
MARS decided to migrate from their existing planning tool to SAP BPC 10.0 in order to leverage the Account Planner functionality. This implementation affected over $7 billion of business for MARS, and the change needed to occur within a single global instance. To accomplish this, MARS decided to roll out TruIntegration, an SAP-certified solution from TruQua Enterprises. This solution gave MARS the power to sync its Account Planner, responsible for base volume functionality, with Event Manager, responsible for incremental volume, in real-time within SAP BPC.
The SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (SAP BPC) application delivers planning, budgeting, forecasting, and financial consolidation capabilities. This functionality makes it possible to easily adjust plans and forecasts, speed up budget and closing cycles, and ensure compliance with financial reporting standards.
TruIntegration is TruQua’s real-time replication and integration engine that is specifically designed for multi-dimensional sources and targets. The TruIntegration solution provides customers with the real-time ability to integrate their SAP Business Warehouse (BW), SAP S/4HANA, and SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) investments—whether they are operating within the same system or across different systems on different versions of the software.