Newell Rubbermaid Relies on SAP

Originally published 18 May 2010

With 13 global business units, four regions and dozens of business applications, consumer products leader Newell Rubbermaid needed a more complete, accurate and timely view of data across the company. Working with SAP AG, the company has been able to corral that information into a single dashboard that includes consistent information which business users can easily access to make better decisions that contribute directly to company performance.

Newell Rubbermaid has implemented a powerful combination of solutions from the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio, including business intelligence (BI), enterprise performance management (EPM) and governance, risk and compliance (GRC) solutions. Now employees are easily and securely getting business information and using analytics to reduce sourcing spend, maintain appropriate inventory levels and increase customer service satisfaction – all while ensuring compliance with regulations such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX).

Newell Rubbermaid has some of the most well-known brands in the home and family, office products and tools categories, including Rubbermaid, Sharpie, Graco, Calphalon and Irwin. One of the most diverse consumer products companies, it has been a long-time SAP customer in part due to SAP's industry expertise. Starting with SAP Business Suite software, Newell Rubbermaid has expanded to use the SAP NetWeaver technology platform and the SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse component alongside solutions from the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio.

"With the global insight SAP provides, we've been able to more strategically identify best business practices, as well as find areas for improvement," said Matt Stultz, vice president of Information Technology, Newell Rubbermaid. "Whether it's analyzing our spend data or more efficiently managing our inventory, we have both the historical and up-to-date information we need to move our business forward. Because the analytics and GRC solutions are so intuitive to use, this journey toward continuous improvement has been engaging people in every area of the company – regardless of their technical skill."

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