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09 September 2014

Case study: Startup Versarien moves to SAP cloud

A startup can offer IT an opportunity of a clean slate, avoiding the legacy applications that slow progress. But this is not always the case. Versarien was founded in 2010 to make engineering products exploiting porous metal foams, for which it owns intellectual property rights. In June 2013, it bought Total Carbide, a firm with a history, dating back to the 1930s, of making hard-wearing engineering components. It came with the baggage of IT legacy applications from the more recent decades of that history. Will Battrick, CTO at Versarien, says the challenge was to create an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for the two groups, while also managing the enterprise resources for 2D-Tech, a graphene specialist Versarien had bought not long before, after it was spun out of Manchester University. “During the acquisition of Total Carbide, we highlighted that good enterprise software would help the integration into the group. It was a subsidiary of Elektron. It used IFS, group-wide, but it was primarily interested in using it for...

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