McCormick & Company, Inc. Selects SAP for Global Business Transformation

Global Leader in Spices, Seasonings, and Flavors Taps SAP for Customer Relationship Management, Enterprise Portal, and Supplier Relationship Management Solutions

SPARKS, Md., May 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SAP AG today announced that McCormick & Company, Inc. has selected solutions from mySAP(TM) Business Suite in a strategic, global effort to improve business processes, effectively manage performance, and enhance both sales and service to its customers and its relationships with suppliers. McCormick & Company will deploy mySAP(TM) Customer Relationship Management (mySAP CRM), mySAP(TM) Enterprise Portal, mySAP(TM) Business Intelligence (mySAP BI), mySAP(TM) Supplier Relationship Management (mySAP SRM), and SAP(R) Strategic Enterprise Management (SEM) as part of the next phase of the company's Beyond 2000 effort, a global initiative designed to achieve business process improvement through integrated information technology, enterprise supply chain optimization, and the streamlining of transaction processes.

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McCormick & Company, Inc. is the global leader in the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of spices, seasonings, and flavors to the entire food industry. The selection of 1,500 mySAP Business Suite licenses further optimizes the value of the SAP enterprise management system in place at McCormick & Company, providing both a comprehensive product suite and strategic business infrastructure to enable faster and more effective execution, management, and measurement of critical business functions. In addition, the selection of SAP solutions will help McCormick & Company extend collaborative capabilities to its trading partners on a global scale.

"SAP provides us with a strategic asset to power the Beyond 2000 initiative, and the selection and implementation of new solutions will further our efforts to increase analytical capabilities, enhance trading partner relationships, and improve operations," said Fran Contino, CFO and SVP Supply Chain, McCormick & Company.

"The business intelligence solution, deployed through portal technology from the SAP NetWeaver(TM) architecture, will enable us to quickly enhance the amount of valuable information we deliver to our sales force, our plant floor, and our business management," said Jerry Wolfe, CIO and vice president of Global Business Solutions, McCormick & Company. "Adopting the single platform from SAP helps achieve greater return on our IT spend and reduce integration headaches and provides us with a robust suite of solutions to both integrate business processes across the entire enterprise and facilitate seamless collaboration with external partners."

The analytical capabilities of mySAP CRM will support growth initiatives by improving the strategic effectiveness of marketing, sales, and service efforts to McCormick & Company's customer base of foodservice, food processing businesses, and retail outlets. The solution integrates with mySAP Enterprise Portal and mySAP(TM) Financials to analyze customer data and product profitability in order to drive more business at increased levels of profitability. The CRM and portal solutions will provide McCormick & Company with an infrastructure to allow sales representatives and brokers to collaborate by sharing all marketing collateral and campaign and promotion information in a single, secure area.

McCormick & Company will use SAP Strategic Enterprise Management with mySAP Financials in combination with the portal solution to track key performance indicators (KPIs) related to the improvement of its gross operating margin and deliver performance information in an easy-to-use executive dashboard. The effort began with its U.S. consumer business and food service and also includes the operations of its supply chain. The use of SAP Strategic Enterprise Management with mySAP Financials enables McCormick & Company to execute strategies quickly and successfully and manage business performance throughout the entire organization. Powered by SAP NetWeaver, SAP's integration and application platform, the SAP solutions went live in mid-March with enterprise portal and strategic enterprise management solutions and more than sixty standard KPIs for financials and inventory management.

mySAP SRM provides McCormick & Company with additional capabilities to continue improving the way it does business with its suppliers. The solution drives process extension and supplier collaboration through automation of cross-company processes with suppliers of purchased goods and services. mySAP SRM will enable McCormick & Company to create value and lower total cost of procurement through higher compliance, better supplier selection, shorter cycle times, focused sourcing strategies, and lower process costs.

"Already a well-known leader in the markets it serves, McCormick & Company is successfully leveraging its technology investment to transform its business for maximum operational and competitive advantage," said Bill McDermott, CEO and president, SAP America, Inc. "With the consumer products industry's top companies as our customers, SAP stands alone in the ability to provide customers with a comprehensive suite of integrated, industry-specific tools that can be implemented according to strategic business goals and priorities."

About SAP

SAP is the world's leading provider of business software solutions. Through mySAP(TM) Business Suite, people in businesses around the globe are improving relationships with customers and partners, streamlining operations, and achieving significant efficiencies throughout their supply chains. The unique core processes of various industries, from Aerospace to Utilities, are supported effectively by SAP's 23 industry solutions. Today, more than 19,600 companies in over 120 countries run more than 62,000 installations of SAP(R) software. With subsidiaries in over 50 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol "SAP." (Additional information at )

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