- Case study
Accelerating the SAP S/4HANA journey for Astellas Pharma
Building a single ERP in the cloud
Astellas Pharma, a Japanese multinational pharmaceutical company focused on delivering value for its patients
A relentless focus on its patients and innovative mergers propelled Astellas Pharma to become a world-leading life sciences company. But with rapid growth often comes complex, nonstandard processes and frustrated employees. It was time to globally standardize and harmonize processes using the latest technology platforms.
To tackle this challenge, the company committed to a five-year global standardization program, supported by the move to market-leading technology platforms. This included ERP consolidation from regionalized SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) instances to a single global instance of SAP S/4HANA. Given the additional time pressures due to SAP support for SAP ECC nearing expiration, this program was deemed a strategic enabler and critical to be delivered on time.
The company used experts across all regions to develop global templates for each process area. However, it was always understood that deployment across 28 EMEA countries, each with local fiscal requirements, would be complex. The global template would need to be adjusted in some instances.
Astellas needed a guide that could act as a business integrator to bring the ERP to life for each country.
Genpact is Astellas' finance and procurement transformation partner for EMEA operations. Our experience delivering managed services to hundreds of organizations gave us a clear view of the challenge Astellas was facing.
Astellas selected Genpact as its partner to design and, where necessary, localize the global template processes.
Genpact worked with stakeholders across EMEA to understand their business processes and regional requirements. We also spoke with the company's design authority board, which is responsible for major design decisions.
Over just 20 weeks, close collaboration with affiliates and the integration partner allowed us to:
The partnership with Genpact gave Astellas the blend of business, technology, and operational expertise needed to manage change effectively during the transformation.
With our support, Astellas was able to:
But our work doesn't end here. Astellas continues to grow, and Genpact will be by its side every step of the way.