The company, which supplies ejection seats for most Western military aircraft, will replace diverse, unintegrated legacy software with a unified mySAP environment. This will mean that information only has to be keyed in once for it to be available for use across the business.
Existing core systems such as sales and purchasing will be replaced during the first phase of the implementation. The second phase will see the system extended to programme management and project control so that information can be exchanged between different stages in the development and manufacturing processes. This will allow, for example, test data to be fed back to the design stage.
The manufacture of ejection seats is a complex process, and the more the firm can co-ordinate different stages of the process, the greater the savings will be.
Paul Lewis, Martin Baker's head of operations, said, "We are hoping to save 30% on costs by reducing the time taken and by sharing knowledge in developing products. Once the core systems are settled we will begin the work of drawing more areas in. In phase two those areas that have been used to working in silos will be opened up and information shared."
The main challenge faced during the implementation was migrating data into the form required by the mySAP software. "You have one chance to set it up - if you get it wrong you will cause yourself some difficulties," said Lewis.