Working alongside PWC to ensure the integration and deployment aspects of the global transformation programme were delivered as required and that all legacy migration was successful.
Informa engaged Limelight to look at the deployment aspect of a large scale business transformation programme. This involved a significant legacy SAP system rebuild and migration, business change tasks, integration architecture development/readiness and staggered cutover planning and activities.
Informa had decided to contract a large scale global transformation programme to PWC. The programme was moving as planned but Informa wanted to ensure the business transformation activities around change, integration and cutover were managed by a third party independent expert team. They recognised that this was the critical aspect to the programme and wanted an expert team to ensure business readiness and cutover.
Integrations were a challenge through the volume and complexity of the third party systems the new ERP solution would be talking to. Many of these were highly customised and Informa recognised the need to carefully plan the design/deploy/test phase to ensure they were functioning as per the new business processes within the transformation programme.
Lastly, running parallel to the above was the need to migrate a large legacy SAP instance which was highly customised into the new solution, together with all its data. This needed careful planning and execution to ensure it was fully functioning with the new SAP system.
"Rebuilding an entire SAP instance seemed impossible, but the Limelight team delivered as required"
The Limelight team took control of the deployment function, working alongside PWC and ensured the business were ready and capable of 'receiving' the new SAP deployment. The change management function was professionalised and standardised through the use of some of the Limelight accelerators and business readiness checklists were implemented.
The global cutover plan was scripted to a meticulous level of detail and business change agents were deployed to each region. They were the local points of contact to manage the local business and technical teams.
Running parallel to the above, teams worked tirelessly on the SAP legacy migration - recreating the customisation and migrating the legacy data into the instance. Deadlines were tight, but achieved, in order not to frustrate the overall global transformation programme.
An eye for detail, sound technical knowledge and ease of managing such a big & complex programme - The team at Limelight exceeded expectations all around !! Whether it was senior stakeholders or business level engagement, everybody was involved with ease. Neil and the team ensured that all work-streams have a robust plan and stick to it as well.
Limelight partnered with Synthomer to lead the transformation programme, working closely with colleagues at all levels of our business and engaging with of a number of our key suppliers. The Limelight team have been instrumental in leading us through the journey.
"Neil was an extremely valuable asset and quickly became trusted at all levels of the organisation. His in-depth knowledge, programme management skills and ability to effectively communicate with all stakeholders was critical to delivering the transformation programme. He got the best from both his team and our team, was firm but yet totally approachable."
The Limelight team provided experience based, pragmatic leadership in addition to detailed knowledge and methods in SAP implementation and deployment.
A Global business transformation to enable delivery of key corporate strategic goals.
When the programme was first initiated, Synthomer needed support to structure the programme for success and to ensure that it would progress at the pace required for our business whilst maintaining high quality delivery.
After a short review period, some recommendations and improvements, the Limelight team were engage to take ownership of the programme and delivered it to success.
Pets at Home wanted to extend and expand their SAP footprint to consolidate legacy systems and take advantage of integration aspects around an ERP. They contacted Limelight to help frame a programme of work which included delivering benefits in and around HR and Payroll, helping to professionalise the promotional aspects for the group, improving the groups financial forecasting capability, running a system upgrade to the latest SAP HANA instance and shoring up the SAP estate through SAP Solution Manager.