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VISIONS Goes Live! Vishay's Rollout of its VISIONS Project Reaches Key Milestone
MALVERN, PA - July 2, 1999 - Vishay's rollout of its VISIONS project reached a key milestone on Monday, May 3, when VISIONS went live at the Company's Statesville, North Carolina facility. In addition, Siliconix and Telefunken were re-integrated into the VISIONS model.
VISIONS stands for Vishay Integrated Systems for Improved OperatioNs and Service. The VISIONS project uses enterprise resource package (ERP) software from industry leader SAP to integrate and streamline sales and distribution, material management, warehouse management, finance and controlling, and asset management functions.
During the weekend prior to May 3, the SAP team put in many hours to accomplish the task at hand. For Statesville, the change meant a complete overhaul. Two different systems that Statesville had been using for the past few years -- the Dale system for Sprague and Tempe buy/resale, and the IBM AS/400 (Morrow) system for Roederstein buy/resale -- were converted simultaneously.
Vishay's Statesville workforce had two weeks of intense SAP training prior to the go-live date. The training, conducted on-site by the project team, involved preparing training material, setting up the training schedule, ensuring that the infrastructure was ready, and communicating with the participants to ensure full attendance without disrupting day-to-day operations. (In many SAP projects, this activity is typically outsourced to a consulting/training firm at a significant cost to the client company.)
The SAP training was well-received, and enabled even novice PC users to navigate through the SAP system. A full set of training materials that was developed will also serve as a user handbook for future reference. Prior to the SAP training, all users attended technical training for Windows NT, e-mail and the intra/internet, conducted by Sherri Ness and her team.
The scope of VISIONS initially was defined as implementing the TEMIC Sales System (TESSYS) used by Siliconix and Telefunken. Following its decision that additional functions could be added, time and budget permitting, the SAP team added several functions that will benefit not only Statesville, but all of Vishay. These include the following:
- Internet access via Vishay's World Wide Web site
- Green Screen access for customers who cannot access the Internet
- Implementation of the Warehouse Management Module in Statesville that permits lot tracking by country of origin and date code management
- Conversion of the majority of EDI transactions for distributors and sales representatives associated with the Statesville facility and Vishay Siliconix
- Implementation of bar coding for shipping and receiving
- Installation of automated shipping software (Clippership) for freight billing to customers and shipment tracking
- Direct access to SAP for all sales representatives via REPNET
The VISIONS project team did run into obstacles. For example, shortly after the start of the project, the IT team member from Statesville quit, leaving the project team with no member who possessed the AS/400 experience needed to assist in data conversion activities. In addition, most team members had never seen SAP or any similar system prior to the start of the project. However, thanks to the hard work and dedication of team members, all of the obstacles were overcome.
The next step for VISIONS is implementation at Vishay Vitramon sites in Monroe, Connecticut and Roanoke, Virginia, where there will be new challenges and a new group of site team members. Based on the positive results at Statesville, rollout of VISIONS at additional sites is sure to be a success!
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