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”With Infor LN, we changed our supply chain and manufacturing processes and through a new relationship we formed with a 3PL, we set to zero not only the material we manage internally but also the risk that we would have a lack of materials anywhere on our production lines. The end result was reducing lost production hours.”
Vittorio Boero CIO, Ferrari
- Implement new supply chain and manufacturing processes to support the launch of new V6 and V8 turbo engine families for Maserati, which is also part of the Fiat Chrysler Automobile Company.
- Launch and execute various information and communication technology (ICT) initiatives, which have been strictly defined, consolidated, and approved by Ferrari’s board of directors, to support global sales operations.
- Enhance the sophistication of IT systems to better manage internal processes and improve efficiency.
- Implement Infor LN in Gestione Industriale (the division that produces sports cars and engines) with a functional stage-gate approach to eliminate 59 legacy systems across the finance, sales, after sales, and technical assistance application landscape.
- Implement Infor LN in Gestione Sportiva (Ferrari’s Formula 1 team) to cover supply chain and manufacturing processes.
- Use Infor ION to create a simple and robust architecture to manage the 200+ interfaces in the application landscape.
- Collaborate with the Infor development team to increase the speed of the material resource planning (MRP) process, which became standard in Infor LN.
- Outsourced responsibility for material handling to an external third-party logistics company, thereby reducing the capital investment previously required for inventory and eliminating the risk of insufficient materials along the production line.
- Reduced the time it takes to run the MRP process by 4 hours by collaborating with Infor’s development team.
- Gained approval from the board of directors for Wave 3 of the Infor LN implementation by working with Infor Value Engineering to create a business case.
Ferrari: A Global Luxury Performance Sports Car Producer and Retailer
Ferrari re-engineers their processes Ferrari is among the world’s leading luxury brands focused on the design, engineering, production, and sale of the world’s most recognizable luxury performance sports cars. The Ferrari brand symbolizes exclusivity, innovation, state-of-the-art sporting performance, and Italian design. Its history and the image enjoyed by its cars are closely associated with its Formula 1® racing team, Scuderia Ferrari, the most successful team in Formula 1 history. From the inaugural year of Formula 1 in 1950 through the present, Scuderia Ferrari has won 224 Grand Prix races, 16 Constructor World titles and 15 Drivers’ World titles. Ferrari designs, engineers, and produces its cars in Maranello, Italy, and sells them in over 60 markets worldwide.
Ferrari is divided into two business units: Gestione Industriale, which produces the iconic Ferrari sports cars and engines for its external customers like Maserati; and Gestione Sportiva, the Formula 1 team. With 95% of sales originating outside of Italy, Ferrari is a global company that sought to enhance the sophistication of its IT systems to better manage its internal processes and improve efficiency. The huge re-engineering of Ferrari’s processes required software support; Ferrari chose Infor LN, Infor ION, Infor Warehouse Mobility, and Infor Sales & Operations Planning to help do this.
Consolidating the Application Landscape
Ferrari decided to split the Infor LN implementation into different waves to mitigate the risk associated with a big bang implementation. The waves were organized by functional area and orchestrated to go-live across Ferrari’s entire global organization at the same time.
Across all waves of the implementation, Infor LN will manage the processes that 59 legacy systems previously managed across the finance, sales, after sales, and technical assistance application landscape.
”Many of the initiatives we have set in motion are not only for the processes managed in the headquarters in Maranello, but because we are touching processes like finance, like the revenue cycle, Infor LN will have an impact on our worldwide operations.” Vittorio Boero CIO, Ferrari
Infor ION Makes Complex Integrations Easier
Ferrari uses Infor ION to create a simple and robust architecture and manage the 200+ interfaces in its application landscape. Ferrari primarily uses Infor ION for business-to-business integration with Ferrari’s thirdparty logistics (3PL) company’s warehouse management system.
Infor ION makes complex integrations easier Multiple interfaces exist between Infor LN and other production tools to enable planning, trolley handling, and production progress monitoring. The number of messages exchanged with the help of Infor ION increased from 50,000 to 160,000 across the 200+ interfaces on the new V6 project.
Changing the Supply Chain and Manufacturing Processes
With the help of Infor LN, Ferrari outsourced all responsibility for material handling to an external third-party logistics company. This not only reduced the number of materials the company manages internally to zero and reduced the capital investment previously required for inventory but also eliminated the risk of having a lack of materials along the production line. With the new lean process, there is less production downtime and no risk that delivery date to a customer is delayed due to materials being unavailable. Production planning at Ferrari also benefits from new tools to manage and simulate engine planning, finite capacity planning, and new control points and monitoring to guarantee an increase in production tracking. Infor Sales & Operations Planning connects the company’s commercial sales forecast to the manufacturing and supply chain processes and is ultimately used for the MRP forecast. Thousands of work orders lines are planned on a weekly basis for items with more than 10 bill of material levels, all while ensuring the purchasing and supply chain choices meet price and delivery time requirements.
Increasing Speed and Flexibility
Ferrari engaged in technical collaboration with Infor’s development team to increase the speed of the MRP process. The collaboration was beneficial to both parties: Ferrari reduced the time it takes to run the MRP by 4 hours and Infor made this enhancement standard in future versions of Infor LN. With the high level of personalization and flexibility, Ferrari offers its customers, having its systems well connected through Infor LN and Infor ION means they can change the specifications of a car right up to the very last possible moment until the vehicle is introduced to the production line.
Establishing a Global Ledger of Accounts
Ferrari will work toward completing the third wave of the implementation so that 200 points of sales spread across 62 countries can roll up to one ledger of accounts. In a seperate but related revenue cycle project, Infor LN will expand its impact to Ferrari’s sales and after sales processes and be part of a new commercial system for headquarters, branch offices and Ferrari’s dealer network. These projects will help Ferrari stay fully compliant with regulations required to comply with the recent IPO that made them a publically traded company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Once all aspects of the re-engineering of Ferrari’s processes is complete, the company will analyze and assess other initiatives—like providing user friendly and flexible tools to salespeople and customers, or moving Infor solutions to the cloud.