Vacon Oyj designs, manufactures, and sells alternating current (AC) drives that control the speed of electric motors and help generate power from renewable sources. Vacon has research and development (R&D) as well as production facilities in Finland, the United States, China, and Italy, and sales offices in 27 countries.
After many years of strong growth and an international acquisition, Vacon’s product range and number of employees increased considerably. To support its fast growth and internationalization, Vacon needed a flexible, easy-to-use product portfolio management and collaboration tool.
Since Vacon’s globally developed, maintained, and produced AC drives are massive, highly customized products involving many variations, product maintenance requires extensive management of product detail changes. Moreover, managing variations requires understanding the entire product, and therefore sharing product information is crucially important.
Vacon implemented Oracle’s Agile Product Portfolio Management and Agile Product Collaboration, which provided a common repository and distribution channel for accurate, real-time product information. It also enabled internal collaboration between research and development and production units.
Agile applications allowed Vacon to improve production and customize large quantities of its products faster, while adapting them to specific customer requirements. Thanks to improved product data transparency and collaboration across borders, Vacon can manufacture and support its products in several factories and, when necessary, move product modification and production functions closer to customers.
Implementation of Agile Product Portfolio Management and Agile Product Collaboration began in 2005 and lasted about eight months. Vacon Oyj went live with the solution in June 2006.
Vacon was so pleased with the overall implementation process, that it plans to introduce additional Oracle solutions into its IT environment soon.
“We have high hopes regarding the usefulness of these additional Oracle applications, especially on a global level. We hope they will streamline our sourcing process, bring further cost savings in purchasing and sourcing, and also help us enhance the definition of preferred suppliers, worldwide,” said Timo Mäki-Lohiluoma.
Logica Plc, a former Agile reseller in Finland, was the Oracle Platinum Partner selected by Vacon to configure the Agile applications and prepare their internal definitions.