Driving Bentley Motors more smoothly
Think of luxury, and you think of
Bentley. It produces British sporting grand tourers that are not
only beautiful but also exhilarating to drive.
In the 1920's Bentley dominated the
Le Mans 24 Hour race, winning five times in an eight-year period.
This created a reputation for fast, powerful and enduring cars with
dominating performance that still exists. Today, it is owned by
Volkswagen and has a £500 million investment plan. Bentley is
embarking on an ambitious and exciting new car development
programme, focused on designing and building Bentleys that are true
to the marque.
Bentley use SAP to support their
business. There is a permanent need to add and change data held in
SAP. In car assembly there are many different components and
changes to an assembly could require changes to in excess of 6,000
SAP records. Data was uploaded either manually or through ABAP
The ability for SAP to react quickly
to changes in the business was impaired by the complexities and
time needed to change SAP data. There was also a real financial
loss in terms of time and resource expenditure required to get the
Bentley required a toolset that
would allow them to manipulate their SAP data quickly, securely and
in a controlled manner. They needed a solution that would give them
the flexibility to work freely with a variety of transactions and
that would reduce the technical skills needed to work with their
By deploying ERP², Bentley has
enabled both IT staff members and end-users alike to perform
required data updates to their SAP system in a timely and cost
efficient manner. Bentley uses ERP² in many different business
areas for a number of different SAP transactions. ERP² has allowed
Bentley to apply changes to SAP component assemblies in a fraction
of the time that it used to take, saving them a considerable amount
"I don't understand why
everyone doesn't use ERP². Why waste time and money to employ
expensive resources to work with your data when there's a toolset
available that can do it so quickly and easily?" says Tim
"We had previously looked at
using CATT to work with our data but it wasn't user friendly enough
to give significant savings. It still required an large amount of
time comparable to writing an ABAP program."
Bentley experienced immediate
benefits from implementing ERP².
With ERP² the time taken to work
with SAP data is significantly reduced, freeing up technical
resources to work on other core activities.
"Simple data changes or
uploads now take a few minutes rather than a few hours. Complex
changes take a few minutes as opposed to a few days!"
Improved decision making
With ERP² the data in SAP is
up-to-date and accurate. Decisions made on data held within SAP are
made with complete information.
"The effect this has on
improved business processes and improved business decisions is
immeasurable. The effect this has had on time, cost and efficiency
savings within our team is worth the license cost many times