Meet Cavalier, a Belgium based company that produces sweet chocolates without any added sugar. Cavalier was facing a problem: it was getting too big and chunky! The software it used no longer fit its size.
To put things in perspective, Cavalier has grown to become a company with over 199 products and more than 50 employees, selling to over 50 countries around the world. Its chocolates are advertised as tooth-friendly delicious pieces of candy that contain antioxidants, are rich in fibers, and contain a number of essential vitamins and minerals. In a few short words, the company sells healthy chocolates.
The company had its own enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution and used a number of other technologies to cope, including in-house business software for managing customers. Because of its global recognition, its needs started to surpass its software’s ability to meet them. Problems included the lack of its software’s ability to accommodate for future growth, a lack of interoperability between Cavalier’s many tech solutions, and a lack of control of its supply chain. To make decisions that will move it forward, Cavalier needed to find a new solution.
So Cavalier turned to Belgian consulting firm Expertum, which recommended a fully-scalable solution through SAP called SAP Business All-In-One. This solution, offered by one of the biggest enterprise solution providers, has an ERP platform coupled with a customer relationship management (CRM) solution and supplier relationship management (SRM), things that Cavalier badly needed. Added to this, SAP’s all-in-one (AIO) solution also has a business intelligence (BI) platform, which will let the chocolate maker point to problem areas and make decisions based on financial and operational reporting.
Since adopting SAP AIO two years ago, Cavalier has had the following benefits:
- Increased transparency of the data coming through the system.
- Increased scalability.
- “Last year, we had a growth of 55 percent,” said Felix Verdegem, CEO of Cavalier.
Integration was slightly lengthy. It took three months for Cavalier to absorb the new solution. This was a necessary sacrifice to ensure that business processes were streamlined to provide for growth and nourishment. According to Expertum, customers must adjust their processes to fit the solution, not the other way around.
Since the company has been behind the wheel of a software-based command center, it has benefitted from the ability to expand and increase their product portfolio, allowing it to get all the wiggle room it needs to compete with rival chocolate makers around the world.
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