“Alma Media did an excellent job showing the way to others through its decision to update its SAP system. The new system enables the company to access the next level of finance and business management. The new solution provides Alma Media with quick access to combinable real-time data and reporting. Thus, the company’s managers responsible for the business operations receive more up-to-date data to support decision-making,” Parkkonen says.
Alma Media chose Sofigate as its partner because it values functional co-operation, Sofigate’s insight of its needs and the company’s efficient project group.
“For Alma Media, it was important to select an operator of adequate size with a service entity that stands out. Sofigate listened to our needs and adapted to them agilely without unnecessary bureaucracy,” Lehtinen says.
CLOUD-BASED SYSTEM TO TAKE REPORTING TO A NEW LEVEL
The ERP system and the Business Warehouse implementation were completed in October 2018. Sofigate continues as Alma Media’s partner providing continuous services and support functions. In addition, the SAP platforms’ server room functions were transferred to the cloud and under Sofigate’s responsibility during the project.
“From Sofigate’s partner network, we found the server supplier Symmetry which specialises in SAP hosting. For Alma Media, it is essential that the company’s SAP hosting services are provided by professionals who participate in platform development in the role of an expert. During the first months of our co-operation, Symmetry has proved that it is capable of performing its tasks in a professional manner,” says Juha Punnonen, Alma Media CIO.
By deploying the latest version of the SAP system and utilising the cloud, Alma Media has backed its operations by a faster and more efficient database and a simpler data model. They enable the company to further develop the company’s financial and business reporting functions.