Hallstar Simplifies Planning with SAP Analytics Cloud

Founded in 1986Hallstar is committed to providing both industrial polymer modification solutions, and special ingredients for beauty products to their clients. For Hallstar, two lines of business and a big client base means enormous amounts of financial and manufacturing data. They found that getting actionable insights from this massive amount of data was extremely challenging, making it nearly impossible for confident and informed decision-making 

With SAP S/4HANA and SAP Analytics Cloud, Hallstar was able to increase efficiency and take control of their data—helping the company become more responsive to their customers and business needs more than ever before.  

10-15% savings across full logistics spend with SAP Analytics Cloud
96% of the business run through SAP S/4HANA platform

Challenges: Defining the Data Problem

Before 2017, Hallstar worked with legacy enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems that could not keep up with their expanding business. With the goal to future proof their planning processes in mind, there were a few issues that Hallstar needed to address.  

  • Firstly, because the company operates over many regions, conversion and consolidation of different currencies was a big-time wasting problem.  
  • Additionally, Hallstar employees could not access any planning information on the go, as their legacy ERP did not provide any mobile functionality.  
  • Finally, Hallstar’s data was in many different systems. Due to the lack of functionality in their legacy ERP, employees processed excess data outside of the system. This led to confusion and difficulty finding insights. Without a reliable single source of truth, Hallstar could not easily make quick data-based decisions. 

Solutions

To address these issues, Hallstar decided to implement SAP S/4HANA as their new ERP system, in combination with SAP Analytics Cloud, for accessible self-service data analytics. These systems offered the forward thinking features that Hallstar needed to further their business success and increase efficiency. With the combination of SAP S/4HANA and SAP Analytics Cloud, Hallstar could harness the powerful HANA engine along with the flexibility and scalability of the cloud. This included features like live data connectivity, advanced modeling, and the ability to access data on the go.  

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Results

For Hallstar, improved financial processes were key. This was addressed by SAP S/4HANA and the planning capabilities of SAP Analytics Cloud such as in-app collaboration features, intuitive distribution and allocation features, predictive features, and more.  

The solution also helped Hallstar manage and find insights in their customer service and transportation data, enabling the company to provide an even better customer experience and become more reactive to their customer needs 

Hallstar also saw great improvements in speed and availability of data. Instead of having data scattered in different places, employees could now access data in one place and get an overall view of the entire organization in SAP Analytics Cloud. Having all of their data in one place also led to greater control over data, meaning the organization could be secure in knowing exactly where data was and who had access to it.   

Furthermore, the cloud solution allowed the company to build a cohesive global process, as all employees globally could access the same data and insights. Hallstar now had the ability to work locally in regions such as France and Italy where some of the company’s manufacturing facilities are located.  

The company also benefitted from greater flexibility due to SAP Analytics Cloud’s mobile capabilities. Using the story features, Hallstar created dashboards that updated with real-time information for employees to access through mobile or tablet on the go, as well as through their laptop or desktops. As a result, the whole organization could easily be on the same page without back-and-forth communication, even if they are not in the same office.  

Overall, by implementing SAP S/4HANA and SAP Analytics Cloud, Hallstar increased efficiency and speed of their business processes including financial, customer service, and transportation. The organization benefitted from a single source of truth to access all the company’s data, resulting in the ability to make successful planning decisions.  

The efficiencies around replacing our previous systems have been massive. Customers are now experiencing a comprehensive, cohesive and unified process when dealing with us wherever they are around the world.

Chuck Redpath, Director of IT, Hallstar