IPC Europe future-proofs with SAP Business ByDesign

IPC Europe

The Client

About
IPC Europe

IPC Europe is a non-profit organisation that works with a major fast-food chain of franchises to help it become more profitable and competitive.

An independent, outsourced organisation, IPC Europe handles the purchasing, management and supply of food, packaging and equipment to franchise holders as well as providing a wide range of professional services including customer service, procurement, supply chain and retail technology.

The Challenge

As a growing business, IPC Europe’s incumbent system was not delivering on its requirement for an effective financial management solution. The dated system lacked the necessary transparency and was no longer fit for purpose, in terms of output and the effectiveness of the information it provided.

IPC Europe wanted to eliminate the need for manual processes and interventions, such as relying on Excel for data manipulation. Replacing it with a streamlined, cloud-based system would give the organisation more confidence in its financial operations and make reporting more efficient and seamless.

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

Food franchise

The Solution

Codestone implemented SAP Business ByDesign, providing IPC Europe with a single cloud ERP solution for greater visibility of its finances, and to enable smarter working through automation. The solution will also scale with the business.

We were looking for an off-the-shelf cloud solution that would future proof us and eliminate the requirement for any ongoing software development.

Ben Norris

Director of Finance and Governance at IPC Europe

SAP Business ByDesign delivers pre-built processes for IPC Europe’s core finance accounting requirements up to audit and statutory reporting, all on a single unified platform while integrating seamlessly with its other third-party finance applications.

SAP Business ByDesign helps us plan more efficiently across the 18 departments and reduces the complexity of how we are able to track and report on our financial performance.

Ben Norris

Director of Finance and Governance at IPC Europe

Streamlining expense management

To enable greater simplicity and control of its procurement to pay processes, IPC Europe also deploys SAP Concur with Codestone. Fully integrated with SAP Business ByDesign, it supports all of its internal costs, travel expenses and invoicing processes. Expenses information is simply captured by mobile phone via an app making it more streamlined for users and approvers to process.

We needed a best-in-class procurement to pay function and it made sense to integrate SAP Concur with SAP Business ByDesign.

Ben Norris

Director of Finance and Governance at IPC Europe

Discover the Benefits

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    IPC Europe can plan and forecast using real-time information and make faster, more informed decisions based on accurate data.

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    Core finance operations are unified so users have access to finance data and analysis from one platform and can better manage core accounting processes.

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    IPC Europe is able to be more strategic in its financial management and less reactionary, allowing it to add even more value to the business going forward

  • The fact that IPC Europe is now paperless when it comes to expense management has driven more efficiency into the organisation.

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    SAP Concur has delivered a simplified procurement to pay process with streamlined approvals for users.

Codestone’s project management and resource capabilities are very transparent and offers a structured approach, giving us a clear framework to work with. Working with Codestone has been a good experience and their expertise has enabled us to realise the benefits from the system to make a business impact.

Ben Norris

Director of Finance and Governance at IPC Europe

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