El fabricante de componentes para la industria de la automoción ThyssenKrupp Budd Company ha puesto en marcha un portal del empleado/ intranet para 1.500 trabajadores de USA y México con el software portal framework de Plumtree. Plumtree tiene varios distribuidores en España.


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., August 18, 2003 Enterprise Web leader Plumtree Software today announced that ThyssenKrupp Budd Company, a leading automotive supplier whose products are found in more than 100 current new vehicle models sold in North America, has deployed employee-facing service-oriented applications via the Plumtree Enterprise Web Suite to 1,500 employees in the U.S., and Mexico. Plumtrees technologies give ThyssenKrupp Budd an open framework for building applications that have Web-enabled critical processes such as weekly production and financial updates, employee scheduling and asset management.

As a result, ThyssenKrupp Budd estimates that it has saved thousands of dollars in printing and distribution costs, reduced human resources processing time by several hours per week, and dramatically reduced the time it takes to get management an update from every company plant.

Our industry is facing challenging times; we need to do more with less and Plumtrees technologies are helping us to do just that, said Kirk Yaros, Supervisor, Web Development at ThyssenKrupp Budd. Each of our manufacturing plants has its own set of tools and systems; with Plumtree, we are able to easily build a large number of targeted applications that span different tools and systems, saving time and money by automating hundreds of tasks.

Whats in ThyssenKrupp Budds Enterprise Web Deployment?
Before deploying Plumtrees portal, collaboration, content management and search technologies, information silos existed among the various stakeholders within ThyssenKrupp Budd; sensitive plant data could not be posted to the intranet because some plants were not allowed to see other plants data. Now, through applications built within ThyssenKrupp Budds portal, employees across plants can securely share data with headquarters, collaborate on projects via Plumtree Collaboration Server and search for relevant information. ThyssenKrupp Budd built several service-oriented applications in their portal, including:

– An Executive Dashboard: The executive dashboard allows executives and management to review monthly financials from SAP, financial forecasts in Excel files from Accounting, and sales updates from plant managers. As a result, plant managers are held more accountable when reporting their performance, and executives can make better, more informed decisions.

– A CEO Weekly Update Application: The CEO Weekly Update Application formats and streamlines the preparation behind weekly plant performance reports from 30 manufacturing plants via a workflow process and several customized portlets.

Each plant manager enters eight performance metrics into a customized portlet that generates a report for a department secretary to review. Department secretaries use another set of portlets to review the reports, choose the right headers, add necessary notes and finalize it before submitting the report to the executive secretary.

The executive secretary then chooses the relevant line items within the separate reports and routes a final report to the CEO. ThyssenKrupp Budds CEO views the final report through an Executive Report Viewer after the application alerts him via an automatic e-mail. The CEO Weekly Update Application has not only streamlined a previously cumbersome, paper-based process, but it now stores a record of historical production data, allowing executives to look back and compare past performance.

– A Scheduling Application: Previously, each ThyssenKrupp Budd plant had a time sheet at the front desk that employees would sign every day. Now, a scheduling application automates this process by allowing employees to check in and out via the portal.

A vacation scheduler portlet also allows employees to request time off, routing the request to managers and HR. Managers have a color-coded dashboard view of their direct reports vacation schedule. As a result, time sheets have been eliminated, streamlining paper-based processes and reducing HR processing time by several hours per week.

Plumtree Chosen for Flexible Portal Framework and Integrated Collaboration

ThyssenKrupp Budd considered a solution from its existing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) provider, but found that it could only build an application based on that one ERP system. ThyssenKrupp Budd chose Plumtree because Plumtrees Enterprise Web Suite allowed ThyssenKrupp Budd to build service-oriented applications across multiple back-end systems and thereby leverage its legacy systems. Through Plumtrees portal, ThyssenKrupp Budd could then manage those applications centrally. Plumtree Collaboration Server was chosen because ThyssenKrupp Budd could migrate from its costly, existing Web-based content management solution to Collaboration Server, saving money, while giving employees a seamlessly integrated experience of collaboration within their portal.

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