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Airnov Carved Out from $4B Parent, Clariant, in 9 Months

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Airnov, a global leader in active solutions used to protect pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and diagnostic products from moisture and oxygen, was acquired by Arsenal Capital Partners in 2019 from Clariant Healthcare Packaging. As a result, Airnov engaged Syskoplan Reply LLC (Reply) to assess, plan and initiate the carve-out of its global SAP solution and other IT systems supporting its global business operations from Clariant.

This enabled Airnov to quickly and efficiently move to their own SAP ERP landscape supporting all functional areas of the business from finance to operations, while providing executive leadership the necessary data and analytics needed to run the business, and in alignment with Arsenal.

Reply provided expertise from carveout strategy to project delivery with minimal hypercare. The business was trained, and the system was steady. Clariant, Arsenal and Airnov all agreed the delivery was one of the best they had seen.

Thank you for a fantastic team that tackled issues head on and always with a measured approach. The team is full of great people to work with that make projects fun. I only ever heard positive feedback on the Reply team. Thanks for the long nights and the help through many and varied brain-teasers! - Amy Hasty, Global IT Director, Airnov

Challenges and Opportunities

  • Airnov was tasked to migrate to a new system with 100% identical configuration which included carve out of 6 legal entities in SAP ERP as well as 12 plants, 5 purchase organizations, and 5 sales organizations.
  • Reply was selected to support various aspects of the discovery in the current use of the system landscape as well as identify the structure and use of its future system landscape, applications and business processes. 
  • Project was delivered 100% remotely during the pandemic across 3 world regions (Asia: India/China, Europe: France/Switzerland/Germany, US: New Mexico/Ohio) 
  • Multiple rounds of testing and mock go lives helped Airnov prepare for the separation from parent 
  • Concerned that not all the business would be carved out properly however go live went without an issue and was 1-month early  

Why Reply

  • Strong multi-functional team that aligned to SME organization allowing the team to quickly kick start the project
  • Communicative and personable project team with attention to detail which played an active role in the success of the project
  • Deep understanding of SAP and critical business process skills

Benefits

  • Stand alone operability to run the business
  • Reduce complexity of business processes contained within SAP ERP

About Airnov

  • Headquarters: Independence, Ohio
  • Industry: Healthcare
  • Employees: 800
  • Website: airnov-healthcare.com
  • Solution: Carve Out
  • Revenue: Privately Held

Contact Syskoplan Reply to learn more about our M&A expertise or to discuss your next initiative.

November 30 at 10AM ET | Session 1 of 10: Corporate Performance Management and Group Reporting Overview

Join the first this interactive group discussion with Reply’s finance lead, Friedrich Glugsberger and Van Vu, and senior consultant, Jeff Messer, in this session to explore what Corporate Performance Management (CPM) embodies and how Group Reporting fits into the overall CPM Vision. Attendees will be able to engage in conversations with peers, ask questions, and exchange information on SAP Group Reporting.

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- Viable transition and integration scenarios

- The value proposition for reporting and decision making

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January 10 at 10AM ET | Session 2 of 10: The Path to Group Reporting for Any ERP Landscape

Join this interactive group discussion with Reply’s finance lead, Friedrich Glugsberger and Van Vu, as they break down the most frequently asked questions of incorporating Group Reporting across different ERP landscapes. Attendees will be able to engage in conversations with peers, ask questions, and exchange information on SAP Group Reporting. Discussion topics include:

- Group Reporting with S/4HANA

- Group Reporting with CFIN, ECC, External Systems

- Master data and transactional data integration

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January 30 at 10AM ET | Session 3 of 10: Setting Up Your Group Reporting Implementation For Success

Join this interactive group discussion with Reply’s finance lead, Friedrich Glugsberger, and guest speaker, Jeff Messer, in this session to uncover the "must knows"  for a successful move to Group Reporting. Explore different methodologies and identify critical paths that could impact your implementation. Attendees will be able to engage in conversations with peers, ask questions, and exchange information on SAP Group Reporting.

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February 13 at 10AM ET | Session 4 of 10: A Closer Look at SAP Best Practices for Group Reporting

Join this interactive group discussion with Reply’s finance lead, Friedrich Glugsberger, and guest speaker, Krizelle Ong, in this session to discover what SAP Best Practices has to offer for Group Reporting. Attendees will be able to engage in conversations with peers, ask questions, and exchange information on SAP Group Reporting. We’ll cover

- Explanation of what Best Practices are

- Benefits and practical considerations when adopting Best Practices

- Our customers' experiences and lessons learned

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February 27 at 10AM ET | Session 5 of 10: Group Reporting Fundamentals and Key Updates

A reader's digest to Group Reporting that every user should know. Join Reply’s finance lead, Friedrich Glugsberger and Van Vu to

- Learn about the fundamental building blocks in the Group Reporting core architecture

- Explore how to properly use building blocks for effective reporting and analysis

- Brief overview of new developments from Release 2309

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April 9 at 10AM ET | Session 6 of 10: How to Navigate Two Critical Paths in Group Reporting: Historical Data Migration and Report Migration

In this webcast, we will discuss how to properly plan for migrating historical data and reports in Group Reporting. Explore how these two workstreams are common risks in any Group Reporting implementations and the strategies Reply has deployed to ensure success.

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April 23 at 10AM ET | Session 7 of 10: How to Avoid Pitfalls in your Group Reporting Data Collection Installation and Integration

Learn how to properly install and integrate Group Reporting Data Collection the first time and avoid many of the pitfalls along the way.

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May 8 at 10AM ET | Session 8 of 10: How to Approach Organization Change Management for Group Reporting

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May 22 at 10AM ET | Session 9 of 10: A Deeper Dive of the Reporting Solutions for Group Reporting

Join our webcast to compare and contrast the different reporting solutions available for Group Reporting. Learn about the different features along with the advantages and disadvantages of each solution.

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June 18 at 10AM ET | Session 10 of 10: Group Reporting Technical Architecture, Integration Concepts, and Security Design

Join us for a review of the architectural design, requirements, and considerations for on-prem and cloud source systems. Explore considerations for an effective security design.

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Charting the Path to S/4HANA Group Reporting: Glatfelter and Hexion

In this presentation, Reply’s finance experts, Friedrich Glugsberger and Van Vu, will examine the practical aspects of implementing S/4HANA for Group Reporting in three industry-leading companies: Glatfelter and Hexion. Our exploration delves into the reasons for change, strategies employed, and the lessons derived from these projects, offering insights valuable to organizations considering S/4HANA for Group Reporting.

Key Points:

  1. Project Framework and Approaches: We dissect the methodology from preparation to going live, providing a comprehensive view of the project's lifecycle.
  2. Solution Design in Varied ERP Landscapes: We examine the intricacies of solution design, particularly in the context of various source accounting systems, while highlighting data integration and transparency.
  3. Lessons Learned: We share insights gained from these implementations, focusing on the critical success factors and challenges that were successfully navigated.
  4. Benefits Achieved: We outline the practical benefits of these projects, especially in terms of improved consolidation processes and consolidated financial reporting.
  5. Planned capabilities: We provide an overview of future innovation for Group Reporting and what these companies have planned for additional value realization

This presentation provides an opportunity to gain knowledge from these projects and better understand the landscape of financial consolidation. Whether you are a financial professional, compliance expert, or an executive seeking to enhance your organization's group reporting, this comparative study offers valuable insights.

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