Warsco supports its growth with SAP Business ByDesign

Warsco, specialist in modular building systems, uses SAP Business ByDesign to support its activities. Warsco was one of the first companies in Belgium to opt for the innovative SAP ERP in the cloud. TheValueChain assisted Warsco with the choice and implementation.

Warsco supplies units for offices and provides temporary custom-built housing in sectors such as construction, education and care. ‘We had been looking for a complete software program capable of supporting all our activities i.e. sales, rental, transport, production and aftercare for some time,’ says CEO Marc Warson. ‘We considered about a dozen options, but we never found the tool that could do everything.

‘We thought that SAP was out of our budget range, but TheValueChain suggested SAP Business ByDesign. This has never been implemented in Belgium before, but that said, it is based on forty years’ experience of business processes and users. Compare it to a virtual wardrobe, TheValueChain told us. You take out of it exactly what you need: a T-shirt when it’s sunny and a sweater when it gets cold. Business ByDesign is comprehensive and in the cloud. You use what you need. You don’t even need to have your own server anymore and thanks to regular software updates, you automatically receive any improvements and adjustments, including changes in fiscal legislation, for example. All of this convinced me.’

There is a risk to being first. But there was also a huge drive at TheValueChain to use the new technology.

Marc Warson

CEO , Warsco

‘We thought that SAP was out of our budget range, but TheValueChain suggested SAP Business ByDesign. This has never been implemented in Belgium before, but that said, it is based on forty years’ experience of business processes and users. Compare it to a virtual wardrobe, TheValueChain told us. You take out of it exactly what you need: a T-shirt when it’s sunny and a sweater when it gets cold. Business ByDesign is comprehensive and in the cloud. You use what you need. You don’t even need to have your own server anymore and thanks to regular software updates, you automatically receive any improvements and adjustments, including changes in fiscal legislation, for example. All of this convinced me.’

Clear overview of margins

The objective was to capture all processes related to the sale or rental of a unit in one software program – from order to delivery. ‘The product Warsco provides, custom-built units, is complex,’ says Steve Brusatto who managed the project for TheValueChain. ‘The customer has numerous options, similar to buying a car. Warsco creates a custom-built design and based on the components of the unit, the software draws up a quote. Easy for the salespeople and accounting, with a clear overview of margins for management.’

There was no demand or need for the development of custom solutions. ‘We configured the software to the Warsco’s needs,’ says Steve Brusatto. ‘If there wasn’t a standard component available, such as for rental or transport, we used the building blocks of the package to design efficient and solid processes for this too.’

‘For the implementation, we purposefully chose to keep things simple in terms of number of people involved: one specialist at our site and one at TheValueChain,’ says Marc Warson. ‘With a bigger team, you can progress more quickly but there is also the risk that you start working alongside each other. There was good contact between both parties and whenever there was a problem, TheValueChain immediately responded.’

Huge drive and convincing demo

The change was smooth. ‘It took just one year. Our people looked forward to the new system, they were extra motivated. The implementation of the master data was a colossal job. And there are always things you think of afterwards: it would have been better if we had done this differently. But, we are talking details here. When you look at the bigger picture, everything went without a glitch.’

‘There is a risk to being first. But there was also a huge drive at TheValueChain to use the new technology. We felt that things looked good and the demo convinced us. We also want to start using the software in other departments soon, for example in production. But first, everything has to run like clockwork. The system can grow with our company, and that is exactly what we want.’

About Warsco

Warsco has been supplying and producing temporary and semi-temporary housing since 1969. The company sells and rents quality, multipurpose units and assists customers with the whole process, from planning permission application to installation and connection of utilities. Warsco is situated in Genk and has sites in Liège and the Netherlands, with another due to open in Evergem soon.

About TheValueChain

TheValueChain is a leading SAP-centric consulting company founded in Belgium, employing +200 qualified consultants. It has a sector focus on wholesale and distribution, discrete manufacturing, professional services and utilities. As a trusted advisor, TheValueChain inspires customers to embrace an end-to-end approach to tackle their digital challenges. Partnerships and co-creation expand the solution portfolio beyond SAP. The company believes in innovation, commitment, quality and expertise. TheValueChain is affiliated with the Gumption Group. It has branches in The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

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