From Beijing to Berlin, Russian Railways (RZD) moves people and goods across two continents and 85,500 kilometers of track. But processes were unable to keep up with complex operational demands. After choosing the SAP Business Planning and Consolidation application, RZD joined the SAP Ramp-Up program for an express ticket to better business.
"One factor in raising our efficiency was in selecting SAP HANA to speed up report generation and information analysis."
RZD Russian Railways
RUB1195.1 billion (2010)
Travel & Transportation
SAP HANA, SAP Business Planning and Consolidation
The Russian Railways were looking to standardize their disparate budgeting and planning systems across their subsidiaries. They also needed to shorten planning-cycle times, and speed up the consolidation process. They needed everyone to get onboard with a new way of doing business.
As the second largest rail network in the world, the company’s strategic objectives and mission called for SAP solutions. They needed to meet the market demand, increase the scale of the transport business, enhance overall competitiveness, achieve financial stability, and ensure the social responsibility of the business.
"SAP Rapid Prototyping allowed us to execute the project using a test license, without buying the HANA license. Following the successful test project, Russian Railways decided to buy the HANA database."
Russian Railways integrated all planning types and systems across the organization and settled on a single calculation methodology. They standardized and integrated disparate financial systems, and SAP Business Planning and Consolidation provided the end user with a simple, easy-to-use interface.
"Since we started using SAP HANA, cost allocation has become 40 times faster, and reporting is five times quicker."
Today, the Russian Railways have implemented several systems. They’ve finalized operations budgeting and planning, and continue their data automation projects. With the support of the SAP Ramp-Up program they were able to start early, and through participation, they maintained project control.
"The main advantage we see is having centralized information for the whole of Russian Railways, down to unit financial data in minute detail."
Implementing the railway development strategy will help meet Russia’s national transport objectives. The expanded infrastructural base ensures the country’s territorial integrity, reduces regional inequalities, and promotes the growth of the Russian economy. SAP hopes to continue supporting Russian Railways moving forward.