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Vapo Group: Rapid Deployment of Cloud-based ERP Solution for New Business

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 Vapo Group: Rapid Deployment of Cloud-based ERP Solution for New Business - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Functional Applications - Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (ERP)
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) - Cloud Databases
Applicable Industries
  • Buildings
Applicable Functions
  • Product Research & Development
  • Sales & Marketing
Use Cases
  • Time Sensitive Networking
  • Cloud Planning, Design & Implementation Services
  • System Integration
The Customer
About The Customer
Novactor is a new activated carbon business launched by the international conglomerate, Vapo Group. The company aims to be a significant player in the European activated carbon market. Novactor is building its first production unit in Finland, with production to start by the end of 2020. Several new production lines are planned to be built in the near future, with the aim of Novactor becoming a major player in the activated carbon market. Vapo Group has a vision for a larger cloud transformation across all its business areas.
The Challenge
In 2020, Vapo Group, an international conglomerate, launched Novactor, a new activated carbon business. The challenge was to find a scalable and affordable cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that would meet the needs of this new business area. They also wanted to use this process as a pilot for cloud-based ERP transformation across all of Vapo Group. The solution needed to be implemented within a short time frame to support the launch of the new business and the opening of its first activated carbon factory in Finland in late 2020.
The Solution
Tietoevry, a trusted development partner of Vapo Group, designed and delivered a Microsoft Dynamics 365 cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) system within a 6-month time frame. The project was conducted in tight collaboration with Vapo’s business and IT leadership. Critical phases included analysis and proof-of-concept phases, which showcased how Vapo’s new activated carbon operations and business would run in the cloud-based ERP. The solution offered direct and cloud-native benefits such as automated version updates, feature-driven development work, and easier solution management in a cloud context. It also natively supports Azure platforming, meaning all Azure-benefits, such as AI and IoT tools, can be utilized. The ERP built on MS Dynamics 365 is also integrated with other Microsoft solutions, offering workflow and process benefits.
Operational Impact
  • The successful implementation of the cloud-based ERP acted as a proof of concept to accelerate Vapo’s business transformation and support the launch of the new activated carbon business. It ensured that Vapo is able to fulfill its business and transformation goals according to its targets. It also proved that cloud-technology can more broadly support Vapo Group in its business needs and digital transformation. Vapo Group, in collaboration with Tietoevry, outlined a cloud transformation roadmap at a group level, realizing the cost-saving potential of having a few tightly integrated platforms that support business needs and enable integration savings as well as better operational stability.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Cloud-based ERP solution was delivered within a 6-month time frame.
  • Immediate cost and operational benefits were realized.
  • The solution enabled the establishment of the new business, including production, sales, and other functions, before the opening of its first activated carbon factory.

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