Answerthink, a division of The Hackett Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HCKT) focused on providing and supporting SAP
solutions, today announced that while leveraging SAP's fast-start implementation approach, it has delivered a successful go-live implementation of EzLifeSciences™, a qualified SAP Business All-in-One partner solution for the life sciences industry, at Exact Sciences Corporation.
Exact Sciences, headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, is a molecular diagnostics company focused on the early detection of colorectal cancer. The company is developing a non-invasive, molecular screening test which is designed to detect both colorectal cancer and pre-cancer. Stool-based DNA (sDNA) technology is included in the colorectal cancer screening guidelines of the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer.
Exact Sciences wanted to simplify its business processes through the use of an integrated solution that would provide functionality including the automation of routine or repetitive tasks and the reduction of duplicate, manual and paper-based processes. In addition, it wanted to standardize its data and processes while aligning functional activities with overall corporate strategic goals. Lastly, Exact Sciences wanted timely consolidation of financials with the ability to use a single database across the enterprise for business analytics and performance measurements.
The implementation of the SAP solution was completed in 11 weeks, and included base functionality in the following areas:
- Finance - general ledger, account payables and product costing
- Materials Management - purchasing (including PR release strategy), approved vendors through source lists and inventory management
- Production Planning - from forecasting material requirement planning to manufacturing
- Quality Management - product release
- Sales & Distribution - limited sales order management (FOC) and returns processing
Exact Sciences Corporation went live with an FDA-validated solution on-time and on-budget.
“As a small company with very limited ERP experience and limited business processes, implementation of an enterprise application can be seen as challenging,” said Jay Schiestle, senior director of Operations, Exact Sciences Corporation. “Our Answerthink partners had not only the SAP solution expertise, but also deep business experience that benefited us tremendously during implementation. Answerthink’s flexibility and willingness to tailor its approach to our needs was critical in helping us achieve a very challenging implementation timeline.”