Celestica Asia is one of the region's leading contract
manufacturers, producing a range of sophisticated electronic
products for customers in the US and Europe. Its customers?
include industry leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs),
primarily in the computer and communications sectors.
SAP R/3 - A choice for the future
With operations spanning across different countries, Celestica
is looking for an integrated system that can provide real-time
access to information, reduce time-to-market as well as improve
the overall efficiency of its information infrastructure. After
careful evaluation of the leading vendors on the market,
Celestica concluded that SAP's R/3 was mission-matched to its
unique business requirements.
"To succeed in this volatile business environment, we have to
rely on an integrated business intelligence solution that enables
us to respond quickly to changes in the marketplace. The R/3
system fit our requirements precisely, letting us seize market
TeamSAP - A working model for customer
SAP's implementation team and that of its local integration
partner, Oasis Systems, worked closely with Celestica's project
team in gathering information on users requirements and
developing optimized solution to meet business needs.
Changing the face of business
The implementation of R/3 has definitely changed the business
by providing Celestica's management with access to consistent
real-time information across the entire enterprise as well as
offering enhanced reliability.
For example, the company used to have a very segmented
database. Today, staff can instantaneously look at any piece of
information about Celestica's operations anywhere in the world
and the data is as up-to-date as the last entry, which might have
been made only a few seconds ago. "SAP R/3 lets us benefit from
company-wide synergies. With real-time information at our
fingertips, we have much more competitive advantages than
Before the introduction of R/3, one of the company's biggest
loopholes in the operation process was shipping product without
being able to tie to a specific customer order. Now, thanks to
the controls built-in to the R/3 system, the problem is solved
and the only way Celestica can ship product is that the shipment
needs to be tied to a customer order. From there, it triggers the
R/3 boosts bottom line
Since Celestica implemented R/3, the company's revenues have
The reasons are not hard to find. Faster and easier access to
information have definitely put Celestica in a position to better
exploit its inherent potential, partly through empowering
employees at every level by harnessing R/3's delegation
For instance, since everything is now tracked so accurately by
R/3, the company has been able to expedite the PO authorization
process by 10-fold -- speeding up the materials procurement
process and accelerating production.
"Going for R/3 is not simply to buy an IT tool -- it was a
major corporate decision to support our company's business
expansion and we see R/3 as the strategic tool possessing the
ability to grow with us" Schlief concluded.