Modern ERP system increases automation and brings long-term business benefits
The implementation phase of the project was started in spring 2021. A Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance ERP system was built for Marimekko, used extensively to run the company’s financial administration. The solution includes general accounting for accounts payable and receivable, payment of purchase invoices, credit control and financial reporting.
Anne Immanen, head of financial accounting at Marimekko, says that the main processes of the financial administration of Marimekko’s parent company were reviewed in the project, aiming to automate as many of them as possible. “The new system will completely change some of the ways we operate. Work becomes automated, and with the new system, the tasks of the team members will have more emphasis on the supervising aspect. Through reconciliations and controls, we check that everything is working correctly”, she says.
Kivenjuuri says that a modern, cloud-based system brings even wider business benefits. “Cloud services are constantly evolving, bringing a whole new approach to the continuous development of financial administration”, he says. Operations and processes can be developed more smoothly and more continuously, which is inspiring for the entire financial administration team. A continuously evolving cloud solution also prevents IT repair deficit.
The project also overhauled integrations between IT solutions. “There is a significant number of links to solutions such as sales invoicing, salary accounting, purchase and travel invoices, as well as consolidation, budgeting and forecasting solutions, and these subscriptions were revamped in the project”, Kivenjuuri explains.
Integrations also went through a transition to modern cloud technologies, such as Microsoft Azure cloud computing. In addition, the automation level within the integrations increased, and Marimekko now has better visibility into their operation.