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Published on December 8, 2008

Author: j_wilson62



Article published by Matt Danielsson, Assistant Site Editor describing Cavalier\'s implementation and my presentation to the TECH Target user group in Chicago

Case study: Cavalier brings SAP R/3 home,289142,sid21_gci861930,0... Case study: Cavalier brings SAP R/3 home By Matt Danielsson, Assistant Site Editor SAP 07 Nov 2002 | NEWS, TIPS & MORE Digg This! StumbleUpon SAP Basis support, SAP Basis jobs and ... (LEARNING GUIDE) More functions in SAP Basis: ... (LEARNING GUIDE) New!!! Chicago--Once upon a time, manufactured SAP Basis administration tips and ... (LEARNING GUIDE) SAP Job Bank housing was a booming industry, with some SAP Basis training tutorial (ARTICLE) 372,843 home shipments a year. In 1998, Find SAP jobs near VENDOR CONTENT Cavalier Homes Inc. was riding that wave. In you. 1999, the company shipped 22,377 homes -- The One-to-One Future: Are We There Yet? (WHITE a respectable number by any standard. In PAPER) 2001, just two years later, the numbers had Ads by Google fallen to 12,669 for Cavalier -- and 193,229 Enter Location: (City, State or ZIP) for the industry. Tech Channel Partnerships Ouch. Achieve maximum performance with Maritz The pain that companies were feeling as a channel partner programs. powered by: result of plenty of default loans was made worse by the hopelessly backward business processes that permeated the industry. A mess of redundant raw material orders, wasted labor and missed service calls contributed to the headaches of Addison, Ala.-based Cavalier Homes. Top Online S.A.P Training With 11 home-building facilities around the country, two housing supply companies, Learn from the Masters! E-learning in a mortgage banking subsidiary and a retail insurance agency, there was also widely BW,BI7,FICO,CRM, HR,XI, EP,Admin distributed, valuable customer data that was going unused. Cavalier Homes CIO Jay Wilson realized something drastic needed to be done, and he eventually found a solution in SAP R/3. Wilson outlined his decision to take on SAP as an ERP provider at's recent user conference. The Sol Melia (CASE STUDY) three-day event featured leading industry analysts, peer-to-peer workshops and The Payoffs of a Single View (WHITE PAPER) presentations from executives like Wilson, who shared their corporate case studies. Transcending Time and Attendance: High Performance Manufacturing with Workforce Management (WHITE Wilson's IT team examined several major issues before deciding on SAP. First, PAPER) VIEW MORE manufacturing plants did not communicate, and even if they did, there were no common standards. At one point, Cavalier sales data was spread across seven SEE ALSO separate systems. Related Topics: SAP Basis administration, SAP Logistics, SAP NetWeaver To price a home, dealers had to call a Cavalier plant and, using customer and Enterprise SOA, SAP and Data Management preferences, manually piece together the price of the home -- option by option, Site Highlights: home by home, month after month. Enterprise Reporting White Paper Also, Wilson needed to improve customer service and streamline sales processes. If Cavalier was to turn around, it had to embrace a modern ERP solution that could GET E-MAIL UPDATES seamlessly handle sales, manufacturing, service and financials. Submit your e-mail below to receive SAP-related news, tech tips and more, delivered to your inbox. Today, Cavalier runs SAP R/3 v.4.0B with FI/CO, MM, PP, SD and SM modules on Microsoft NT 4 with SQL 7.0. The company launched a massive standardization SAP Basis and Administration initiative for communication among facilities. SAP NetWeaver The process was painful, Wilson told attendees, but the benefits were sweet SAP Management and Strategy Planning enough. For example, the number of raw material SKUs dropped from 15,000 to E-mail: 1,300. Overall, the raw material inventory was slashed in half, freeing up capital, Not a member? We'll activate your FREE inventory space and resources. membership with your subscription. Another benefit of the SAP solution was enterprise-wide transparency. That enabled the builder of custom-made, prefabricated homes to dramatically slash options that were rarely requested. SAP Training & Employment Cavalier discovered it could narrow its selection of deck boards from 300 to the two most popular. The same sort of streamlining carried through to most other parts of the homes, saving Cavalier considerable hassle and inventory. Today, Cavalier is a profitable company. The SAP implementation is a little more than halfway complete. An estimated 60% of production capacity has been implemented, and the financial side is 100% online. The implementations are currently stalled, though, due to Cavalier budget cuts, Wilson said. 2 of 4 12/8/2008 5:31 PM

Case study: Cavalier brings SAP R/3 home,289142,sid21_gci861930,0... Still, the production cost of a home made at a Cavalier SAP-enabled facility is $1,600 lower than cost of the same home made at a non-SAP one, Wilson said. Wilson readily gave the new quot;digital naturequot; of the company full credit for its regained profitability. Conference attendee David Nestingen, president and CEO of New Berlin, Wis.–based Industrial Electric, considered the Cavalier Homes case study among the most valuable presentations at the event. quot;We did a Big Bang implementation of SAP 4.6C just two weeks ago, where we went from a homegrown legacy system to SAP overnight,quot; Nestingen said. quot;This presentation was a terrific reality check, enabling us to get a better idea of what lies ahead.quot; FOR MORE INFORMATION: Exclusive coverage of the conference Administrator Discussion Forum SAP experts Tags: Product, VIEW ALL TAGS Digg This! StumbleUpon SAP RELATED LINKS Ads by Google CRM Best Practices Best practices for CRM selection and implementation - Learn More! Top Online S.A.P Training Learn from the Masters! E-learning in BW,BI7,FICO,CRM, HR,XI, EP,Admin New SAP EcoHub Your Online Solution Marketplace View Demo Of SAP EcoHub ERP White Paper Answers to your most important ERP Questions. Free White Paper. New Mobile Homes Choose from great floor plans from Clayton, the nation's top retailer. SEARCH About Us | Contact Us | For Advertisers | For Business Partners | Site Index | RSS TechTarget provides enterprise IT professionals with the information they need to perform their jobs - from developing strategy, to making cost-effective IT purchase decisions and managing their organizations' IT projects - with its network of technology-specific Web sites, events and magazines. 3 of 4 12/8/2008 5:31 PM

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