Process Runner is the best solution for migration with re-engineering to S/4HANA.

– Dr. H.-J. Schwieger,

Re-engineering Master Data Using Innowera Process Runner

PRÜFTECHNIK is an innovative German company with more than 600 employees working in its corporate divisions, and subsidiaries worldwide. With extensive R&D operations PRÜFTECHNIK offers innovative solutions to customers in machine alignment, condition monitoring, and nondestructive testing. Established in 1972 by Dieter Busch, PRÜFTECHNIK is a family-owned business now under the second-generation stewardship of Dr. Sebastian Busch and serves over 70 countries.

PRÜFTECHNIK has won several awards including the acclaimed RedDot Award for Product Design,the Best Overall Solution Award by Reliabilityweb, and the IndustriePreis of the Federal Republic of Germany. PRÜFTECHNIK has maintained an ISO 9001 certication since 1994 and holds over 300 patents worldwide.

Migration to S/4HANA While Completely Re-engineering Master Data Using Innowera Process Runner

Industrial maintenance is a family tradition at RÜFTECHNIK. Over four decades of efficient management have allowed this Germanbased company to keep customers’ machinery up and running. PRÜFTECHNIK is an independent company specializing in machinery maintenance and quality control, setting high global standards in precision measurement to meet the needs of the modern industrial maintenance world.

PRÜFTECHNIK systems increase machine availability and product quality. Where most industrial maintenance rms provide service to one or a

handful of industries, PRÜFTECHNIK has over half its employees in R&D. This allows PRÜFTECHNIK to develop and offer an impressive variety of maintenance and quality control machinery.

Migration to S/4HANA While
Completely Re-engineering Master Data
Using Innowera Process Runner


SAP Business Processes
Re-engineered With Process Runner

PRÜFTECHNIK applications range from condition monitoring, geometrical alignment over nondestructive testing to turbine alignment and vibration analysis in over a dozen industries, ranging from automotive, chemical, food & beverage, to wind and marine. PRÜFTECHNIK uses SAP daily for logistics such as production planning, nancials, and sales and distribution to manage the global business

PRÜFTECHNIK business divisions operate independently and benet from central services of the holding company. This streamlined organizational structure allows the PRÜFTECHNIK group to operate exibly and efciently in the world market. It’s also how PRÜFTECHNIK’s data management is structured.

So far PRÜFTECHNIK has managed 50 types of transactions and over 300,000 records using Process Runner. They are continuing to nd additional ways to use Process Runner

Seeking Faster Way to Streamline Master Data

To become more agile in data operations, PRÜFTECHNIK was looking for software to help them automate SAP data. At the same time, the PRÜFTECHNIK team was hoping to automate processes, and allow for re-engineering of master data. In 2017, PRÜFTECHNIK planned a migration to SAP S/4HANA with the Senior SAP Consultant, Dr. H.-J Schwieger, leading the migration project. Whatever tools they would choose should also help them with this project.

It was a tall order, but when a colleague of Schwieger’s recommended Innowera Process Runner, it didn’t take long to realize this was the magic tool they were looking to acquire. They looked at other products, but, “We tested Process Runner for two weeks, then ordered a license. The choice was that simple.” PRÜFTECHNIK quickly knew they had something. In addition to enabling agile data management processes and automation, it could also be the tool to lead the reengineering efforts of the master data structure.

Seeking Faster Way
to Streamline Master Data

The Big Move — Migrating
to SAP HANA While
Re-Engineering Data


Master data records
migrated to S/4HANA

The Big Move — Migrating to SAP HANA While Re-Engineering Data

Many companies are anxious to migrate to S/4HANA to take advantage of the digital world. PRÜFTECHNIK wanted to get there as well, so they planned a complete conversion of the existing SAP Business Suite system

to SAP S/4HANA. To successfully implement S/4HANA on-premises edition and reap the benets of the efciencies, Dr. H.-J. Schwieger and his team were interested in how to do this the very best way. Some of the questions they had upfront in planning were around what Process Runner could help them accomplish. Can we gain new efciencies across our organization with this migration to S/4HANA? Could we re-engineer our master data in Excel as we uploaded the data universes into S/4HANA by using Process Runner? Could we mass reassign new numbers to all material master data with this migration? The answers were all yes.

As Schwieger describes the migration to S/4HANA, he’s found what could or should be very complex had been relatively simple with Process Runner. The ongoing management of the master data will be easy once the migration is complete in S/4HANA. “When we began using Process Runner to migrate to S/4HANA we had one repeated scenario that was applied to each process. It was re-engineering data with our migration to S/4HANA. First, we would download the master data from SAP ERP by Process Runner. Then, using Excel, we would make the customizations and upload the new changes. For example, material master data was augmented with the MRP Process and Product Planning information. Then, we’d upload the Excel tables with the re-engineered master data to S/4HANA by Process Runner through assigning new numbers to the new material master data. It’s been that simple for us,” remarks Dr. Schwieger. “Process Runner is fast, so changes occur in seconds.”

PRÜFTECHNIK works with a highly sophisticated SAP Solution for PP/SD Variant Conguration. Before they started the migration, they took time to disaggregate all business processes, about 40 in total. They migrated the master data for each Variant Conguration Model separately to fully understand how it worked. The re-engineering process is clearly arranged and comprehensible for everyone. Schwieger said he’s glad he took the extra time upfront to improve the processes and data. It’s made such a great difference in PRÜFTECHNIK’s business already.

“PRÜFTECHNIK did this same simple routine for around 40 common processes within our SAP team. This remarkable accomplishment within a migration process widely improved operation at PRÜFTECHNIK,” Schwieger deduced. PRÜFTECHNIK accomplished the goal set out to get the best practices and an improved re-engineered set of processes. By taking this disaggregate approach and putting Process Runner at the center of new data management processes on SAP S/4HANA made it all possible.

We now have consistent master data. We are gaining new efciencies across our organization all the time.

– Dr. H.-J. Schwieger,

Building Success Through Innowera Process Runner

While just at the start of PRÜFTECHNIK’s journey with Innowera Process Runner, the results are already measurable. Innowera has shifted the way 30 plus SAP users design business processes and iteratively improve the master data management model. Previous migrations, similar in scope to S/4HANA, were very time consuming, and didn’t have built-in data quality and process automation to enrich the process going forward. Before Process Runner was available, PRÜFTECHNIK didn’t have an easy way to re-engineer processes through data or manage master data efciently. Now with Innowera, they do.

Today, the lifecycle of continuous process improvements is much shorter. The power of automation is used to help accomplish it. Innowera solutions have allowed PRÜFTECHNIK to do migration in a portioned and detailed way. PRÜFTECHNIK’s operational team has compressed hundreds of hours of manual processing to re-engineer and migrate to S/4HANA.

There has been a huge savings on the migration, and the payback on the tool has been extremely fast. The team is now able to use Process Runner to manage the hundreds of ongoing monthly business transactions that this team of 30 has been doing in a manual way to date. Schwieger expects the ROI on Process Runner to continue to pay dividends for months and years ahead. He expects Process Runner will be the tool of choice for the next 10 years and beyond. So far PRÜFTECHNIK has managed 50 types of transactions and over 300,000 records using Process Runner. They are continuing to nd additional ways to use Process Runner.

I cannot imagine using any other tool.

– Dr. H.-J. Schwieger,

Innowera Has Been There For Us

“Innowera’s support team is excellent and completely professional. They have an extensive knowledge of SAP ERP and Process Runner. We like how we can communicate our migration and data problems to Innowera Support, and we always get very fast, professional feedback from the team.

“They perform to support our needs in every way, which gives ourorganization assurance and condence in our sophisticated migration process,” added Schwieger. “Our users love Process Runner, because they can work in Excel and get loads of data updated quickly. Process Runner and the Innowera team have been our partners in the journey,” Schwieger explained.

Innowera Has Been There For Us


SAP users who benet from
results of Process Runner

Over 150 people in the organization will benet from the improved efciencies, better data quality and the re-engineered processes in S/4HANA: We expect to progress very smoothly in the future, running day-to-day business with Innowera for at least the next 10 years.

With Process Runner managing the master data process, we feel that we have the system we need for at least the next decade and beyond.

– Dr. H.-J. Schwieger,

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