McKesson Proof of Concept
Monthly Allocation Cycle Could Drop from 60 Hours to 6.5 Thanks to SAP HANA

  • by Scott Wallask, Managing Editor
  • June 4, 2013

Learn the results of McKesson Corporation's proof of concept for SAP HANA, including positive news for CO-PA and a distribution center running on HANA.

McKesson Corporation might be able to shave off one day in its monthly financial closing process, according to a proof of concept the company conducted for SAP Profitability Analysis (CO-PA) Accelerator running on SAP HANA.

At the 2013 SAPPHIRE NOW conference, in-person and virtual attendees had a chance to hear about these HANA possibilities from Cynthia Strickland, director of architecture, standards, and metrics at McKesson, and Mike Smythe, senior principal of consulting and systems integration at Infosys, which helped McKesson with the project.

CO-PA is a financial reporting tool that lets companies evaluate customers and products in terms of profits and margins.

For McKesson, the CO-PA Accelerator proof of concept was a nearly risk-free way to approach HANA because only a limited number of users interact with CO-PA, yet there is a large amount of data to crunch at the end of each month, Smythe said.

Scott Wallask

Scott Wallask was the managing editor for the BI, BusinessObjects, and HANA content of SAPexperts. He has covered SAP for WIS since May 2010, with a focus on SAP NetWeaver BW, HANA, BusinessObjects, customer relationship management, supply chain management, and human resources. He has spent 19 years as a writer and editor, including stints as a reporter at several newspapers in the Boston area. For 12 years starting in 1998, he created in-depth content about fire safety and OSHA regulations in hospitals while working at HCPro, a healthcare publishing company. In 2005, he won a first place award for best instructional reporting from the Specialized Information Publishers Association for his series on fire protection efforts in nursing homes. He graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern University in 1994 with a BA degree in print journalism.

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