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3M uses SAP to unify global IT

Cliff Saran

Global manufacturing firm 3M is rolling out SAP Business Suite 7 to replace systems it has taken on from businesses it has acquired.

The company plans to use SAP to simplify business processes by using SAP Business Suite to unify its IT systems. It said the software will allow it to orchestrate business processes in an integrated operating model and gain clearer insight across its global operations.

Ernie Park, vice-president and chief information officer at 3M, said, "SAP business solutions will play an important enabling role in unifying core processes globally and supporting our ongoing strategy of meeting customer needs wherever they are. We expect the SAP deployment to provide significant value to 3M in the coming years."

The roll out is already under way in Europe and Asia Pacific. In Europe, 3M is in the process of implementing a new demand forecasting and supply planning system based on the SAP Advanced Planning & Optimization component. In the Asia-Pacific region, the company is planning to replace most of its legacy applications with SAP ERP over the next several years. Once the proof of concept is validated, additional roll outs will follow in other countries.


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