OTGOstfrieesische Tee Gesellschaft has chosen ActiveControl to support its S/4HANA transition
As a subsidiary of Laurens Spethmann Holding (LSH), the company Ostfriesische Tee Gesellschaft (OTG) was established in 1907 and ranks in leading position in the German tea market with its premium brands Meßmer, MILFORD and OnnO Behrends.
Each year the OTG and other LSH subsidiaries market around 10 billion tea bags. This makes the family-owned enterprise one of Europe’s leading providers of tea. OTG offers their products predominantly as brands and private labels. This business is complemented with special product and service offerings to the out of home market and the B2B customers from the industry.
In 2017 OTG embarked a greenfield S4/HANA implementation, consolidating numerous legacy systems into a company-wide platform. Specialist in-house technical knowledge of SAP was limited – OTG had not employed SAP’s software before – so the company began the search for best-in-class automation tools that would enable them to manage change without risk to live systems. Since many end users would not be SAP experts, a simple, easy to understand user experience was also a key selection criteria.
Equally importantly, some of OTG’s product lines must comply with GxP requirements (a set of quality guidelines and regulatory requirements), necessitating comprehensive audit capability within the new S/4HANA system. OTG needed a tool that could provide granular reporting on all changes.
Finally, OTG employ agile development in their wider IT team and plan to adopt the same approach for SAP development. SAP-specific automation tools were needed to support this vision.
Our Solution - ActiveControl
ActiveControl provides the governance and control that OTG require to safely manage SAP change. An easy-to-use web dashboard gives access to a wide variety of users with minimal training time and set-up cost, whilst a more comprehensive UI is available for the select group of users who need a deep level of control. Crucially, these tools provide a comprehensive audit trail for any change at the push of a button, providing OTG with the GxP compliance that they need.
The extensive automation offered by ActiveControl also provide a platform for the adoption of agile SAP development, whilst DevAnalytics delivers insights that enable continuous improvement – a critical element should OTG wish to move from agile towards a more complete DevOps culture.