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As an international, growth-oriented company, Müller focuses on a diverse product range and a focus on the respective markets.
The constant introduction of new, country-specific products also involves a high level of material maintenance in the SAP system. Every month more than 400 new materials are created and maintained in SAP at Müller. For each material, the individual characteristics for several plants must be taken into account. In order to be able to continue to react flexibly and quickly, the desire for an SAP-supported solution for a significantly simplified and accelerated SAP master data maintenance grew.
The project at a glance
The requirements for a new solution for SAP master data management were clear: The material creation process was to be significantly simplified and above all accelerated. In addition, a higher degree of automation of the work steps in material maintenance should reduce the risk of manual errors. Based on newly structured and optimized work processes, a consistent workflow for each combination of material type and organizational level was to be designed and implemented.
The project requirements included:
For Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller, the MDC Master Data Cockpit is not only used for the automatic filling of master data with predefined data groups, but also for the automatic transfer of parked data from the material request to the material master.
The flexible SAP workflows for coordinating the maintenance and control steps for the respective organizational unit are controlled in greater detail by another level (plant and sales subgroup). The user-specific transaction variants are integrated in the workflow so that only the relevant maintenance fields are offered to the user.
Head of Central IT Applikationen Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller
”The forward-looking and flexible workflow concept was developed in close cooperation between the specialist department, internal IT and valantic (formerly realtime). The implementation in SAP was carried out jointly by our IT department and valantic. Compared to the previous solution, the new material cockpit also significantly reduces the maintenance and adjustment effort on the IT side.“
Head of Product Data Management Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller
”This project has been awarded the top grade’very good’ by us. Thanks to the competence of the valantic consultants (formerly realtime) and the tools developed for material maintenance, we now have clean master data with significantly simplified maintenance. We were able to reduce the average workflow time of the materials by 40 percent. The new tools also give us the opportunity to react quickly and flexibly to change requests.“
In the dairy segment, Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller manages the business of subsidiaries with strong independent brands: Müller, Müller Milk & Ingredients, Weihenstephan, Sachsenmilch and Käserei Loose. Trademarks and basic milk products such as butter, UHT milk, lactose powder and whey protein complete the portfolio.
In addition to the milk-processing subsidiaries, the Optipack packaging company, the company’s own logistics company Culina, Fahrzeugtechnik Aretsried und Müller Naturfarm, one of the largest fruit-processing companies in Germany, belong to the group of companies.
The group also includes activities in the convenience food sector. The product range thus also includes well-known brands in the chilled delicatessen salads, sauces and fish specialities segment such as Homann, Nadler, Lisner, Hamker, Pfennigs and Hopf as well as various private label products.
Under the leadership of NORDSEE, the Group bundles modern gastronomy concepts that serve various consumer groups with a wide range of products and services.