• Scott Felten

CASE STUDY: Beiersdorf - Infomotion & QUBEdocs Provide Transparency and Control in TM1 Environme

Updated: Jan 4, 2019



The name Beiersdorf has been synonymous with innovation and high-quality skin care products for over 130 years. One prerequisite, among others, for this is highly professional financial planning and sales control. Beiersdorf entrusts IBM Cognos TM1 and BI specialist INFOMOTION and QUBEdocs this. The solution has considerably improved the transparency of the TM1 environment, and has therefore greatly simplified and reduced the high documentation overhead.

CHALLENGE: INCREASING COMPLEXITY OF DOCUMENTATION IN THE TM1 ENVIRONMENT

A large business is intensively engaged in operational financial, sales and production planning.

The primarily used system IBM Cognos TM1 and the respective documentation are correspondingly complex. The need arose to restructure and automate the documentation in an attempt to save both time and money and to increase planning efficiency whilst maintaining the usual high planning quality.

The decision to rely on the INFOMOTION business intelligence experts for the implementation of QUBEdocs was relatively easy. INFOMOTION is currently the preferred European partner for selling and implementing QUBEdocs.

The solution has been developed based on many years of experience and in-depth knowledge of the TM1 environment and especially for use with TM1. QUBEdocs is therefore a highly reliable tool for the challenges faced by TM1 analysts, TM1 decision makers and administrators on a daily basis.

KEY PROJECT DATA

  • Increasing requirements and high complexity in finance, sales and production planning in the IBM Cognos TM1 environment

  • Tailor-made customer solution: QUBEdocs

  • Structured, automated documentation and ver- sion control resulted in improved transparency and control of the TM1 environment as well as the realization of time and cost savings

“QUBEdocs sustainably improves the transparency and control of our TM1 environment. We rely on INFOMOTION BI experts for the implementation. They have extremely in-depth expertise of the IBM Cognos environment and are exclusive partners of QUBEDocs.”

-Andrew Chapman, BI Competence Center, Beiersdorf Shared Services GmbH

QUBEDOCS - TRANSPARENCY & CONTROL OF THE TM1 ENVIRONMENT

SOLUTION: COMPLETE DOCUMENTATION AND VISUALIZATION AT THE PUSH OF A BUTTON

The project was launched in March 2017 with the testing phase and initial installation. It soon became clear that the productivity of QUBEDocs was exactly what Beiersdorf required. Shortly after making the decision to purchase, implementation and training was provided by INFOMOTION experts and the Beiersdorf project team led by Mario Bruns.

“The decisive factor for us was the productivity of QUBEdocs precisely tailored to our needs, coupled with the implementation experiences and best practices of INFOMOTION. This meant that it was possible to quickly and efficiently put the system into live operation and for us to use it effectively”

-Mario Bruns, Project Manager at Beiersdorf.

There are many benefits to using QUBEdocs. Documentation for TM1 models can be automatically generated and transferred directly into your own corporate language. Time and resource savings are another consequence. On top of that, differences between generated documentation can be visualized at the push of a button. An image of the TM1 models is thus visually structured and can be analyzed more quickly – meaning the error rate

and support costs are reduced. It is also possible to continuously track changes. Corporate governance for compliant, current and reliable documentation is therefore always ensured.

And the partnership between Beiersdorf and INFOMOTION goes on. The option, for example,

to integrate QUBEdocs in the deployment process is currently being checked.

“These days we depict almost 90 % of the TM1 landscape through QUBEDocs. This make it possible for us to receive full documentation and visualization of our system at any time at the push of a button without any time expenditure“

-Mario Bruns, Project Manager, Beiersdorf Shared Services GmbH

BEIERSDORF AG

The name Beiersdorf has been synonymous with skin care for over 130 years. The secret to success has always been the strong innovation and consistent development of unique brands and products.

The history of today‘s Beiersdorf AG started in a small pharmacy near the famous St. Michael’s

Church in Hamburg. This is where Paul Beiersdorf invented coated plaster in 1882 and laid the foundation for business success. In the decades that followed, Beiersdorf developed into a globally successful consumer goods company with brands such as NIVEA, Eucerin, Hansaplast and Labello.

Beiersdorf recorded revenues of € 6.752 million in 2016. With more than 160 subsidiaries and over 17,000 employees the company is close to its consumers all over the world.

www.beiersdorf.de

INFOMOTION GmbH is the leading IT consulting company for Business Intelligence, Big Data and Digital Solutions in the German-speaking world. The comprehensive portfolio ranges from strategic BI consulting through to the design, implementation and operation of sustainable BI solutions and employee training.


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