At CSL Behring, a $4.2 billion (AU) provider of plasma, immunology and critical care products, Bruce Beatty has transformed a heavy lifting consolidation project into a comprehensive enterprise data management vision.

In fact, moving to a single SAP instance was the precursor to all the work that would follow, says Beatty. “The consolidation was going to happen and we didn’t have time to clean the data and delay the project, so at the end we put something in place to keep us moving forward.”

Starting in 2007, attention to data quality has been baked into people, processes and technology who are the executors and owners of strategic EDM. Beatty and another analyst took a shared service approach to big core processes like procure to pay and order to cash, while mapping and slowly expanding the “big five” domains of vendor, material, employee, customer and finance. “We thought we could impact and improve across things like rules, remediation and metrics and continue from there.”

The biggest win so far is a vendor master that supports strategic sourcing and will shrink the vendor master from 10 screens and 300-plus fields to less than half that, says Beatty. It helps CSL Behring understand vendor duplication, materials duplication, materials groupings where so many enterprises struggle to find spend where sites don’t classify the same things the same way.

Standards help streamline the process from a nomenclature point. In th eend, the descriptions, fields, item numbers all benefit from the SAP consolidation that Beatty set out to improve on.

“You can absolutely do master data management without a hub and that is probably the way we are leaning. That is our circumstance since 80 percent of the company runs in that single entity.”

Quotable: “Master data is my third career. I started in accounting and finance then moved into supply chain, and I have worked in global functions for both. For me this a progression where my knowledge of cross business processes put me in a position to step forward and address the details.”

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