OUR EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR SUCCESS.
Technology helps customers thrive on change. We have a clear and confident vision for navigating the future and have met the challenges of innovation many times. We strive to support a culture of performance matched with integrity.
Our success derives from a deep understanding of our clients, to whom all of Graphyte is committed to deliver exceptional service and value.
OUR SERVICE SOLUTIONS.
SAP E2E Project
Based on our proven methodology we are able to manage end-to-end projects and bring SAP solutions live on time and within budget.
SAP WM to EWM
As WM will be discontinued in the near future, we have developed a best practice approach to tackle a WM to EWM migration based on our previous project experience.
Project or general business SAP support
We are able to provide expert or broad SAP support services in a project or permanent mode.
OUR SAP SOLUTIONS.
Supply chain management is changing rapidly, and yesterday’s business and service models will be put to the test in the coming years. Supply Chain should be an enabler for the Business Strategy, which requires a deep knowledge of the competitive advantages being pursued.
SAP's ERP ECC is the well-known, on-premise enterprise solution which is designed to plan, control and document many processes and parts of a company’s value chain as possible.
The ECC consists out of 10 different functional core modules covering on the one hand, entire customer process: from order and delivery of the material to invoicing. On the other hand managing internal processes from HR, projects and plant maintenance.
At Graphyte we focus on the more operational and supply chain modules of the ECC system: SD, MM, QP and PP. Having a deep understanding of these core functional processes, allows us to build on keeping a high-level overview when mapping new processes and make an accurate impact analysis across the system.
In the near future, SAP will discontinue its support of the ECC business solution and focus on the development of the new evolution of its business suite: S/4HANA.
SAP rebuilt their ERP solution (SAP ECC) from the ground up to take advantage of HANA’s performance and innovative data models. They were aware that the inside of the ERP system started to become too bulk and extensive with an overwhelming number of tables containing duplicate data. The goal of S/4HANA is to run an ERP system based on an in-memory database.
In-memory computing is an innovative technology that improves business processes by combining rapid database transactions with real-time data analytics. This database system relies on main memory for data storage versus a disk storage mechanism which makes for faster access to the database and all associated information. The SAP S/4HANA platform leverages in-memory computing to speed up data-intensive process, reduce complexity and accelerate the value delivered from IT.
Next to the in-memory database, the next big improvement of S/4HANA is the user experience design. As the target group mainly consist of the Millennials, the great attention was paid to the upgrade of the interface. It was made in a way to be adjusted with the help of Fiori technologies, which made it handier. A user-friendly and simplified web-interface makes all the manipulations with the system easier. Among the new features, we can also mention a role-based design that fulfills individual working requirements. In the picture below, you can see a role-based view with SAP Fiori.
Our push to stay ahead of the curve, drove us to become early implementors of S/4HANA.
SAP EWM & TM
The traditional Inbound-store-outbound warehouse operations no longer fulfil the need of today’s Supply Chain. Maybe rightfully, that warehouse concept was perceived as a pure logistics cost, without adding value to the Supply Chain. While focusing on efficiency could only lower that cost. The growing need for flexibility and added value, together with rapid changing trends such as omni-channel commerce and higher customer expectations, leads to fluctuations in volumes and increased supply chain complexity and flexibility needs.
At Graphyte the cross-industry experience and SAP solution expertise gives you the modern technology to accomodate this growing need for scalability and flexibility. Together, we partner for designing your implementation of these new processes, driven by the SAP technology to make your supply chain and operational planning, execution and transparency available in real-time.
Planning your inbound and outbound transports in TM can start at your vendor’s door already. Tendering for transportation services and charges, selecting your carrier and collaborating with your vendor through SAP’s Logistics Business Network and sending this information as a logistical unit to Yard Logistics to manage the shipment when it enters the gates of your yard. Before it arrives in your warehouse, you have had already multiple stages to plan and be in charge of what is happening to the freight entering.
The nature of warehouse operations is drastically changed and more processes are introduced with fluctuating volumes. To accommodate this, the Graphyte warehouse experts have the know-how to implement an easy-to-use SAP EWM Labor Management process that allows to plan upfront the necessary workforce per warehouse area. With the recording of the actual progress in real-time it is possible to make changes throughout the shifts and use the data for various purposes like productivity, quality, bonus calculation, improvement analysis, congestion control, etc.
We think logistics and therefore we think End-to-End processes with and for you. We create solutions that are reflected to the operational and organizational change impact. We deliver workable operations, not just the IT solution. We support you in training documentation, preparation and facilitation. Operational procedures take you through clean-desk policies to make sure your system remains in good health. Both technically and from a transactional standpoint.
Integration of industry specific solutions into EWM, Yard Logistics and TM are our off-the-shelve knowledge. Already during the scoping, we can identify the opportunities for the integration as well as the pitfalls that might exist. Transparant collaboration gives no surprises and is our fundament of the relation we build.
There is no existence left for whole year (sales) forecasting to be left untouched as a static demand, nor solely a demand driven MRP. Flexible demands caused by new market trends and growing expectations are making companies to produce and deliver more quickly. Because of this flexible planning, the need for shorter Planning Cycles are necessary.
The base principle that supply always needs to meet the demand remains. However, too much stock is costly; Purely producing based on demand might not cover the fluctuation and therefore customers might evaluate other sources of supply. By implementing real-time IBP, companies can optimise planning cycles based on current demand, live inventory data and statistical forecast per day.
SAP YARD LOGISTICS
Dock Appointment Scheduling
Order and appointment planning and check-in
Avoid resource idle time and avoid intermediate storage
Collaborate with carriers by planning in- and outbound transport integrated in the YL system
Manage integration of geo services to automate and integrate gate- check-in and -out processes
Yard execution and processing
Increase the throughput of your Yard by real-time activity statuses and execution
Manage processes and employees efficiently with mobile user interface.
Integration capabilities and monitoring
Use of graphical monitoring
Integrate with SAP EWM, TM, EM and carriers
Reduce manual efforts in yard operations with analysis of data insights
LOGISTICS BUSINESS NETWORK
At Graphyte we have the technical capability to have you benefit from an open, secure logistics network that connects business partners for intercompany collaboration and insights. SAP Logistics Business Network provides a central entry point to manage logistics transactions, exchange documents with key business partners, and gain transparency across the complete value chain.
DATABASE AND DATA MANAGEMENT
It is crucial to have the necessary data available to drive optimization in logistics execution. Many companies face difficulties to accomplish this because of various factors:
Various legacy warehouse systems, through uncoordinated local IT management, acquisitions or incomplete modernization programs
Dedicated systems supporting a specific warehouse setup or transport integration
Misalignment in data: often as a consequence of a scattered WMS/TMS landscape, definition of master data and processes are not aligned
Fragmented integration with various external networks such as 3PL, transporation partners, track & trace systems and blockchain technology
These factors combined typically lead to a situation where a unified access to logistics data and overall company reporting KPI’s is a too far-fetched objective. This leaves your company with under-use of available data and insights that could lead to improved customer service levels, cost reductions or efficiency improvements.
Graphyte helps companies to define and successful implement a roadmap to unlock the potential of this data:
Align master data and processes
Look into WMS/TMS integration where possible, in 1 state of the art company-wide platform
Integrate data into a gobal Business Warehouse system where not possible to integrate own or 3PL systems
Upgrade company master data and communication platform to the latest standards to allow integration with external platforms to minimize integration and interface complexity
The Internet of Things (IoT) is at the heart of rapid development in all sections of the global economy. Supply chain management and the warehousing industry are no exceptions to this growing trend. The proliferation of IoT has already started changing the processes for the better.
The inherent nature of a traditional warehouse management system makes it difficult to improve efficiency. Plus, cut-throat competition and volatile global economy are eating into the profit margins in the warehousing industry. This is where IoT-based smart warehouses come in.
Another new emerging technology which is becoming more and more difficult to ignore is the distributed ledger innovation: Blockchain. This is a distributed ledger technology that exchanges recorded transactions securely among relevant parties while increasing visibility and accountability.
In warehouses, smooth collaboration between different stakeholders is necessary to achieve logistical excellence. Blockchain allows all relevant parties to be linked on the same data platform while guaranteeing data security and easy communication.
When paired with IoT, new data can be automatically be updated in a unified ledger, making verification easy for the whole supply chain. Examples of implementation are: tracking transportation milestones, backtracking the source of dubious products, ensuring quality KPI's across the supply chain,...
There is currently not yet a broad adoption of AI or machine learning in warehouse or transportation companies, but we strongly believe in the potential and future benefits of these technologies which we see is being developed at an ever increasing pace. We prepare ourselves to adopt this technology at our clients in the near future.
Benefits and usage of this technology will become reality in the near future in warehouse and transportation environments:
Machine learning for storage optimization and slotting
Feed the machine learning with all kind of data sources from in and outside the company
Optimized picking processes with machine learning
Replace manual visual reception goods inspection by AI camera systems
Natural language processing improving voice picking
AI steered robots to replace manual picking processes
AI engines for transporation route optimization
We invest in learning AI and machine learning technology platforms that can integrate with established platforms like SAP EWM or TM. We want to avoid building new stand-alone systems of which the drawbacks of not being integrated could surpass the benefits of the technology used.
ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES