1stQuad has developed a modern, user-friendly solution for budgeting, approval, monitoring, controlling and evaluation of research and development activities for the global group ABB. It replaces a complicated, decentralized and maintained Lotus Notes infrastructure, increases efficiency and data quality and, with integrated Business Intelligence, enables individual evaluations that contribute to timely, well-founded decisions.

The ABB industrial group invests more than one billion US dollars per year in research and development projects worldwide. The budgeting and release of such projects, the reporting of expenses and project progress, as well as the accrual and deferral and accounting have traditionally been supported by various Lotus Notes databases developed and maintained on a decentralized basis. In terms of both administrative effort and error susceptibility, this solution no longer met the requirements over time.

ABB commissioned 1stQuad to develop a new, user-friendly solution. The aim of the NORRD (Non Order Related Research and Development Database) project was to replace the existing databases, simplify processes, improve data quality and provide up-to-date reporting functions, supported by Business Intelligence.

One of the sticking points was project financing by several internal and external donors, often in different foreign currencies: Previously, such projects had to be maintained in separate databases. An overall view was difficult. Now all projects had to be managed centrally and the financial figures had to be available in any currency. Another requirement was to design the multi-stage approval processes efficiently for the user – while always taking into account the complex organizational structure of the global group.

Based on the FAST framework, 1stQuad was able to quickly provide a solution that impresses with a modern user interface, easy-to-use workflows and smooth integration with other systems. Project managers and controllers keep the overview and can evaluate the information with the Business Intelligence functionality seamlessly integrated into the office world according to various criteria, make well-founded decisions and react appropriately.

"1st Quad is the partner one can only wish for for the implementation of a project.Thanks to their professionalism, creativity and expertise, we were able to exceed expectations while delivering on time and on budget."

Elisabeth Egli, Division R&D Controller
ABB Switzerland Ltd

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