Move to Azure
Kennametal was one of the early manufacturers to identify and seize the advantages of virtualizing their SAP system landscape. This eliminated their need to maintain data centers and excess capacity for special projects. Kennametal’s migration to Azure was a three-year journey with the final phase encompassing Kennametal’s 3-terabyte SAP estate running on the SUSE Linux platform. As a result, Kennametal has the agility to spin up system landscapes as needed and then suspend or decommission them when no longer needed.
By using Azure resources and Microsoft Power Platform capabilities, the Kennametal IT team now creates new solutions for the business in a matter of days or weeks, instead of months. The cloud foundation in Azure and SAP allows Kennametal to embrace the transformation opportunities provided by S/4HANA.
The S/4 Journey
Like many manufacturers who implemented SAP R/3 decades ago, Kennametal had functional gaps for specialized business requirements that had to be closed with extensive custom enhancements, such as product segmentation by powder grade (a primary supply in creating their metal cutting tools) and special request management. Over the years, SAP developed numerous industry solutions for ECC, and those have been consolidated into the digital core of S/4HANA. Migration to S/4 presents an unprecedented opportunity to replace R/3 customizations with native S/4 functionality that then affords broader solutioning opportunities that will soon become the table stakes for tomorrow’s manufacturing enterprises.
For the last five years, eLogic has been a key SAP partner to influence the S/4 product roadmap for manufacturers of complex products, and as trusted partner to Kennametal, is advising the company about the opportunities and business case for leveraging S/4 – not just as a technical upgrade but as an enabler to do more in better ways than ever before.