To assist them in their expansion, SBM chose Sage X3 and Deveho Consulting Group
“Deveho helped us to stay on track by immediately assessing the deadlines at stake and being able to calculate the appropriate size of a dedicated team capable of driving deployment across 18 countries”. Laurence Martinet, Director of Information Systems at SBM
SBM was an independent, family-run SME, which moved to a whole new dimension with the takeover of Bayer Garden in 2016. The Lyon-based company had to evolve in record time in order to support its new status and manage its progression.
SBM chose Sage X3 and Deveho Consulting Group to help them implement the information system for their newly established SBM Life Science division, which was developed in two phases over 12 months and deployed throughout twenty countries.
A dynamically-driven integration
The transfer agreement was very precise and set out two distinct deadlines. “The first phase would enable us to integrate the commercial and marketing divisions of Bayer Garden into our own operations, while Bayer retained control of the production process. In order to combine the Garden division taken over from Bayer with our previous operations in this field, our first challenge was, therefore, to organise the company to be in a position to market, deliver and invoice the end product for our customers” (Laurence Martinet, Director of Information Systems at SBM).
Sage X3, a flexible and operational ERP
Building an information system in just five months and without a safety net was an unprecedented challenge. “We had to build everything from A to Z: an information system and infrastructures. To succeed in our challenge, we needed an ERP that was fast, flexible and quickly operational. We had complete confidence in the Sage solution, which has always met our expectations for our production division in France”.
Deveho Consulting Group, an expert and committed partner
Well-known for its vast expertise in implementing Sage X3 across the globe, Deveho Consulting Group was called upon to assist Sage.
“To implement the solution, Sage commissioned Deveho, whose efficiency we had already witnessed to such an extent that we entrusted them with other projects simultaneously. Within the specific framework of phase1, Deveho took charge of the localisation country by country, working closely with our finance department. Deveho helped us to stay on track by immediately assessing the deadlines at stake and being able to calculate the appropriate size of a dedicated team capable of driving deployment across 18 countries“.
“During the race against time between May 2016 and July 2017, where we had to build everything from scratch simultaneously, I never doubted the suitability of our choice of ERP, Sage X3. And to have the Deveho teams besides us to roll it out across the globe, increase the reliability of our EDI relationships and transfer our valuation method was invaluable in helping us succeed in the challenge within the deadlines”. Laurence Martinet, Director of Information Systems at SBM