Movado Group Inc.

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Situation

In Movado's legacy ERP system, a user could start out with incomplete or incorrect data and fix it along the way. SAP requires complete accuracy with master data from the beginning. These exacting standards were a whole new world for Movado. A world that would change the way the company handles their new internal business processes.

So, a critical part of this transition for Dr. Frank Morelli, SVP Global Business Process & CIO of Movado, was the management of the company's data.

Documentation while managing the data through this change was also a priority. Movado woud be under tremendous scrutiny because of the scope and reach of the implementation. It was imperative that documented evidence of control checks be available. The requirements for documentation of specifications, transports, change management, testing and validations were above and beyond anything you could imagine. Morelli explains, "There were valid concerns about moving an entire company's worth of data all at once, worldwide, changing every major business process and running the company on all new software. We were moving fast and the documentation were important".

Understanding the preparation before go-live and execution of maintenance afterwards could take away much of the unnecessary challenges with the upcoming move to the new ERP system, Frank was looking for a solution.


Solution

Movado was prepared. Through the use of ERP², they were able to overcome many of the hurdles associated with the migration and management of SAP data. They did a tremendous amount of testing and had a successful go-live right from the start. They were able to successfully complete all of their business activities: take and fill orders, ship product and collect revenue - the whole 9 yards. The efforts of all the MGI employees were recognized by Movado's inclusion in the 2009 Information Week 500. much of the success with master data can be attributed to their employees' use of Quadrate's data loading software, ERP².

Almost a year later, the software continues to be the go-to solution for uploading data. Users with no technical skills can use ERP² to securely transfer data into SAP. Being able to use Microsoft products without loss of data integrity made the software very appealing. "The Quadrate users are loading their own data. Excel is something they use every day and they are happy" explained Ravi Karingula, Movado's GIT Developer. Knowing all the SAP validations are performed and there is no way to go around the users security settings, gives the IT group a feeling of confidence with the solution.

The bottom line is, "Movado goes to Quadrate first for mass loads" states Morelli.


Benefits

Movado Group Inc. experienced immediate benefits from implementing ERP².

Proactive environment for better data

ERP² allows the users to provide cleaner, more accurate and up-to-date data. Information is now available as needed because the user can consolidate information in Excel and easily up-load it into SAP.

"One of the things ERP² has allowed is a proactive environment."

Ease the burden on SAP users

ERP² is established to remove distractions by providing the business community with everyday, familiar tools to accomplish their tasks.

"It's not a painful process for them any longer. They just receive an Excel file and populate it with what is needed."

Lightens the load on IT staff

With ERP², users' loads are lightened by simplifying time consuming data maintenance processes and allowing business users to manage their own data.