Riding the cloud road with Big Bus Tours

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The Client

Big Bus Tours

Big Bus Tours is the world’s largest operator of open-top sightseeing bus tours in the whole wide world. Fuelling the spirit of adventure in over 20 cities, across four continents. Beginning with a fleet of three, today hundreds of buses and guides are helping over six million tourists explore each year.

The Challenge

Big Bus Tours is the world’s largest operator of open-top sightseeing tours, fuelling the spirit of adventure in 23 world-famous cities across four continents. Beginning its journey 28 years ago, with a fleet of only three buses, Big Bus Tours has swiftly expanded to a global fleet of hundreds of open-top buses, turning 6 million tourists into explorers, every year.

Big Bus Tours wanted to move to a true Cloud ERP and SAP Business ByDesign was the product of choice. As part of its cloud transformation strategy, they selected INSIGHT for Planning and Consolidation, powered by SAP Analytics Cloud.

Big Bus Tours wanted to move away from hosting their own servers, as it was taking too many resources and fundamentally it’s not what they do as a business. It was expensive and time- consuming to run it in-house because of the additional layer of security to protect data and sensitive information. Big Bus Tours also wanted to reconnect a consolidation system to their core finance system, as well as on-system budgeting and forecasting capabilities.

Our move to INSIGHT for Planning and Consolidation was necessitated as we needed to connect our consolidation system to our new Cloud ERP system. We wanted to move away from hosting on our own servers, as it was taking too many resources and fundamentally not what we do as a business. Running on-premise was expensive. It was also highly labour intensive because of all the additional layers of security we had to establish to ensure we were protected. INSIGHT for Planning and Consolidation met our strategy of moving away from in-house software and technology.

Alex Graves

Group Financial Controller for Big Bus Tours

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The Solution

Making it Work

The Codestone INSIGHT for Planning & Consolidation package, powered by SAP Analytics Cloud has empowered Big Bus Tours with a single integrated view of its business performance. It allows them to make data-driven decisions more quickly and with greater confidence.

It delivers a comprehensive, out-of-the-box cloud solution that delivers Planning, Financial Consolidation, Reporting, Analytics and predictive capabilities whilst encompassing seamless integration with SAP Business ByDesign and SAP Business One (and also has the ability to load data from any ERP), It is deployed in 8-10 weeks and thus delivers a rapid ROI.

“INSIGHT for Planning and Consolidation has brought us instant value. The move to SAP Analytics Cloud has been both smooth and efficient. We’ve successfully completed our third month-end on the solution. The main benefit we’re seeing is the time savings. Month-end used to take an entire day worth of man time and now it takes 1-2 hours, which is excellent. We are saving a day a month and looking forward to exploiting the system to its full potential.”

“Our budget process in the past has been unwieldy, long, and spasmodic, whereby we sent out templates to people to execute bottom-up processes, which made it hard to version control. Having it on a system will mean we can keep it simple and much more efficient, as well as being easier to manage
as a process, which we’re really looking forward to.”

“We’re very fortunate to have had fantastic consultants from Codestone from day one. They’ve taken the time to understand how Big Bus Tours works, and have been a consistent part of our journey over that five-year period.”

Our recent engagement with Codestone has been quick, efficient, and consistent. We were very fortunate to work with the same consultants between as we migrated to SAP Analytics Cloud. They understood our business and specifically our consolidation needs. The amount of input we needed for the initial design and build phase was minimal. From that perspective, it has been easy, and a great experience.

Alex Graves

Group Finance Controller, Big Bus Tours

Discover the Benefits

  • Data

    Integration with ERP

    The out-of-the-box solution seamlessly integrates with SAP Business ByDesign and SAP Business One, as well as the ability to load data from any ERP.

  • format

    Business Process Automation

    The new platform has considerably reduced the level of manual effort at Big Bus Tours, with Month-end now taking 1-2 hours instead of an entire day.

  • devices

    Cloud-based solution

    With SAP Analytics cloud-based solution and moving away from on-premise, Big Bus Tours has a more cost-effective and less laborious process.

  • scale


    The solution’s capabilities mean Big Bis Tours can see how they can extend the solution to meet future requirements.

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