Upon first selecting SAP R/3, Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific Corp. had ambitious goals. The company wanted to reduce costs by consolidating many standalone IT systems, eliminate redundancies, streamline business processes and, perhaps most importantly, empower its users. Several years later, Georgia-Pacific, a Fortune 150 company that produces and distributes a wide variety of paper and building products, has achieved many of those objectives in its paper businesses. R/3 has provided the needed systems consolidation, rich operational functionality, data visibility and business process integration for several corporate entities within the company's important paper business.

However, Georgia-Pacific believed that the company could operate even smarter, with additional boosts in productivity and efficiency. To accomplish this, Georgia Pacific's paper business planned to implement a business intelligence solution to provide business users and analysts with the ability to make faster decisions through better access to information.

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