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E-shots Web-exclusive: Enterprise software gets PolyOne's vote

February 1, 2006

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E-shots Web-exclusive: Enterprise software gets PolyOne's vote

In 2005, Michael Rademacher, vice president and general manager of PolyOne Distribution (Avon Lake, OH), made the decision to change the company's operating software, choosing SAP (Walldorf, Germany). He considers it one of the best decisions he made last year for a variety of reasons. While SAP is traditionally considered a provider for large businesses, it now has offerings in the small to midsize range, and Rademacher's experience suggests that molders may find a good solution to their operating needs as well.

For example, PolyOne Distribution now is better able to place orders, follow up on production and logistics information, and share data freely with the rest of the company, including financial information. “It's all done with a few mouse clicks,” Rademacher says. “And our supplier partners, most of whom use SAP, are looking forward to the opportunities to connect with our system to streamline ordering and to jointly develop supply chain efficiencies as a result of having a common operating system.”

Rademacher cautions anyone about to make a change such as this to do their homework before implementing the new system. PolyOne Distribution spent nearly a year getting its data and business processes in line so that the changeover would increase efficiency and be seamless to the customer. “I'm proud of the way our team accomplished a very difficult task without sacrificing our service value to customers. Without a doubt, we are a better business with our new operating system.”SAP, with 12 million users, is ranked as the largest enterprise software company globally.

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