Success Story Festool
Festool Migration from BMC Control-M to BatchMan
Rödl & Partner has been centrally managing Festool’s entire SAP landscape since 2019. Previously, Festool had used BMC’s Control-M for job automation via its previous IT service provider. Festool was previously able to call up job processing in SAP SM36 using Control-M, but could only obtain further core information via the external IT service provider.
In the course of the project migration to Rödl & Partner, it was therefore crucial for Festool to be able to view more information on job processing directly in SAP and thus create more transparency.
Rödl & Partner therefore recommended to use BatchMan from HONICO for Festool’s requirements. As a long-standing customer and strong partner of HONICO, Rödl & Partner uses BatchMan automation for complex job controls for its customers.
Industry: Industry and Crafts
Use Case: Migration from BMC Control-M
Advantage: Higher degree of transparency and parallelization
Requirements for BatchMan
- Platform-independent control SAP and non-SAP
- Simple, central administration and control of jobs
- Central and clear monitoring
- Easy handling during operation (e.g. maintenance window, job orchestration, alarming, etc.)
- Simple architecture and integration into system landscape
- Serial and parallel processing of job chains
The Migration from Control-M to BatchMan
An important part of the migration was to transfer the processes from an SAP ERP system, an SAP BI system and an SAP HR system. The migration was fast and successful. A major advantage during the entire migration up to the start of production was the short time required to switch between various test and sandbox systems (export / import master data).
“The HONICO support team provided rapid assistance with concrete requirements. Thanks to very good manuals, the installation and configuration of the BatchMan software went very well”, reports Mr. Stefan Hubig, SAP Consultant at Rödl & Partner. Another advantage was the stability of the batch processing, since the tool is fully integrated into SAP and therefore no RFC connection to external systems is necessary.
Festool project management says
The high level of transparency within BatchMan, e.g. through monitoring and the BatchMan library, offers Festool a wide range of research options. IT staff now have the option of independently checking all relevant information on “their” jobs (scheduling, job variants, etc.).
During the migration, the opportunity was also taken to remove jobs that were no longer required and thus optimize batch processing.
In addition, more parallelization of jobs within networks was planned, which then led to a significant acceleration of processes. The automatic notification of job terminations (alerting) to the “job owners” means that there is very little loss of time until a decision is made as to how to proceed with the terminated job. All job sequences and process chains were implemented according to the planning.
„We were able to familiarize ourselves quickly with the system and have gained a high degree of transparency in our processes through the changeover.“
Michael Rupp and Bertalan Boldizsar,
Project Managers Transition at Festool
For 94 years, the traditional German company Festool GmbH has stood for tailor-made premium power tools tailored to the needs of the craftsman. Festool designs its products for the woodworking, painting and varnishing trades as well as for renovation and refurbishment.
About Rödl und Partner:
Rödl IT Operation specializes in the operation of certified SAP ERP system landscapes for cloud and on-premise as well as managed services and the integration of intelligent cloud strategies.