The Hörmann Group is a leading supplier of doors and gates, with over 6,000 employees worldwide, and 36 specialized plants in Europe, North America and Asia. Headquartered in Germany, the company has over 100 sales locations in more than 40 countries and is represented by sales partners in over 50 other countries.
The IT system environment in Hörmann was heterogeneous and complex. SAP was used in six production plants, while other plants used various proprietary legacy ERP systems and special applications for order entry through to production. Furthermore, in company branches, an older, adapted ERP system was used and the SAP R3 environment ran on a proprietary operating system.
To improve business development and start their digital transformation journey, the company sought to create future-proof, flexible IT systems and lean workflows at all locations. To achieve this, they migrated all SAP ERP systems used in branches and production plants around the world uniformly to SAP S/4HANA. This planned migration required the integration of SAP R3 with legacy ERP systems on IBM i (AS/400) and other system applications, as well as the connection of external authority and partner systems to the IT environment. Another major challenge was the standardization of over 200 existing AS/400 interfaces, and the replacement of several point-to-point (P2P) connections at operating system levels.
Hörmann selected the Magic xpi integration platform because it offers a code-free and visual approach that utilizes innovative technology to support the integration of all external platforms and systems. Using it to implement the necessary system integration, the company renewed several P2P connections, thereby establishing the prerequisites for an SAP S/4HANA migration. In particular, the company selected Magic xpi because it:
- Enables the execution of logic, complex processes, and transformations in a single platform
- Delivers end-to-end transparency of all business processes
- Documents process dependencies combined with data consistency and transaction security
- Provides a high level of reusability
- Supports all industry standards and existing, certified standard components such as the SAP connector
- Requires no programming knowledge and is easy to use
- Includes a self-documenting configuration
- Offers a range of important features, such as Business Process Modeling (BPM), graphical modeling, intuitive configuration, usability, and a rule-based design.