A global business transformation, facilitated using SAP S/4HANA, designed to enable the delivery of key corporate strategic goals and prepare Synthomer for the next digital era.
Synthomer had embarked on a large scale global business transformation with a view to setting themselves up for growth in the digital economy. This involved standardising across global business units, consolidating legacy systems, adopting best practices and centralising key activities, all facilitated alongside the deployment of a groundbreaking SAP S/4HANA solution.
Synthomer recognised the need for a global transformation programme in order to facilitate the next phase of the companies growth and allow it to capitalise on the benefits of the digital era.
The programme started well, but Limelight was asked to review the transformation programme to ensure things were on track post 'discovery' phase. The executive team wanted reassurance their programme was 'as per normal'. It was hard for them to see the wood for the trees, the governance model wasn't quite right, stage gates were a little vague, and programme reporting seemed overwhelmingly complex.
"The plan was to create a capability within Synthomer to implement our new template into any future acquisitions. It was vital to be able to do that in-house."
With our initial recommendations implemented, which included a simplified programme governance framework and the introduction of a stage-gate process complimented by programme wide status reporting, the programme was quickly recovered and proceeded to gain full board sanction for full delivery of the programme and benefits case.
Working with the team of executive sponsors, the Limelight team continued to manage the programme which delivered a business transformation across a newly formed structure of global divisions. Working with a multi-national team, the goal was to deliver a single global way of working which would enable scalability, efficiency and enhanced compliance for the organisation.
"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."
"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."
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.
Informa engaged Limelight to work alongside PWC to ensure the integration and deployment aspects of their business transformation programme were being considered and that the programme was successful from a legacy integration aspect.
Running alongside the main programme was a smaller SAP migration project - a dependancy project that needed to be delivered on time as not to frustrate the bigger global transformation.