IN-DEPTH CASE STUDY

How Jane M. Thrilled Distributors With A New B2B Portal

How do you replace an end-of-life B2B portal—while keeping all critical data in SAP ERP?

This was Jane Mascia’s challenge at LORD Corporation.

LORD Corporation is a diversified technology and manufacturing company that specializes in reliable adhesives, coatings, motion management devices, and sensing technologies. The company’s solutions reduce risk and improve product performance in a diverse range of industries, including oil and gas, aerospace, defense, automotive, and industrial. With a 90-year history, LORD Corporation is a leader in every market they serve.

THE PROBLEM

On-premises B2B portal no longer supported

LORD Corporation had a B2B portal for their distributors, but the solution ran on SAP ISA. This platform had become end-of-life, and while it provided a great customer experience, LORD needed to replace it. Not only was the solution itself outdated, but keeping it could hinder LORD’s roadmap for SAP ECC 6.0.

While it might look like an IT problem, this issue directly impacted the business. Distributors enjoyed the easy customer experience that the portal provided, and if LORD didn’t move fast to replicate that experience (and then improve it), customers would have to use phone, fax, and email to do business with LORD. In the digital age, that’s a lot of friction to throw at people—especially when they’re used to a self-service B2B portal.

LORD Corporation knew they couldn’t take a step backward. They needed to provide the high level of service that customers already enjoyed. 

“At a minimum, we had to replicate the features we already had. We couldn’t go backwards and we couldn’t waste any time.”

–Jane Mascia, Senior Staff Business Process Analyst

REQUIREMENTS

1. Real-time SAP integration to drive customer personalization

Jane knew firsthand the importance of SAP integration. LORD’s distributors enjoyed a great experience in the old portal because everything they saw was personalized with SAP data.

Since LORD had already built out all that data and logic in SAP ERP, it made no sense to rebuild it in the new B2B portal (or in a separate integration platform).

If LORD Corporation was going to replace their old portal, the new solution had to include SAP integration.

“Our motto is, ‘If you can do it in SAP, that’s where it should stay’. We wanted our B2B portal to be a reflection of our SAP system, not a recreation of it. And we wanted a vendor that shared our philosophy.”

–Jane Mascia, Senior Staff Business Process Analyst

Cloud-based rather than on-premises

Having worked with on-premises solutions, Jane knew the challenges of this software delivery model. She made a firm commitment that the new B2B portal would be cloud-based. This would ensure that LORD didn’t have to worry about hosting, security, or version upgrades.

A right-sized solution with a fast implementation

LORD Corporation wasn’t looking for bells and whistles (other than a robust SAP integration). They didn’t want to pay for unnecessary functionality, and they didn’t want to waste time in the project phase. Their ideal solution would provide only what their distributors needed—and it would launch fast.

The search for a vendor

Jane explained the company’s search for a solution. “Initially, we considered Hybris and several other solutions recommended by Gartner and Forrester, but all of them were overkill for what we needed. Plus, most of the options we found would have required significant website customizations to mimic, or duplicate, what we had already built in SAP.”

As LORD Corporation discovered, the market doesn’t offer many options for companies that need lean, powerful B2B portals with SAP integration. Since most B2B eCommerce platforms were originally built for B2C, they offer plenty of robust B2C functionality—but they struggle with the complexities of manufacturers’ transactions.

“All of the other solutions we reviewed required a huge dollar investment and more than a year to implement. We just couldn’t see the ROI with those other vendors. The projects were too long, too complex and too expensive.”

–Jane Mascia, Senior Staff Business Process Analyst

Why LORD chose Corevist

Corevist Grow was a perfect fit for LORD Corporation. Our prebuilt SAP integration, included in the Corevist Platform, meant that LORD could maintain the high level of personalization that their distributors enjoyed in the old portal. It also meant the company could keep all business data and logic where it belonged—in SAP. LORD wouldn’t take on unnecessary technical debt.

“Corevist aligned with us on several different levels. Their SAP integration philosophy matched ours. They had the feature set and implementation timeframe we needed. And their sales people were easier to work with than the other vendors we evaluated.”

—Jane Mascia, Senior Staff Business Process Analyst

THE SOLUTION

Corevist Grow for deep personalization through SAP integration

Jane chose Corevist Grow to meet (and exceed) the bar the company had set with their old B2B portal. Corevist’s deep SAP integration supported the complexity of LORD’s transactions and provided the personalization that distributors needed. Every user in Corevist Grow got the price and availability information they required to complete transactions. And when it came to post-order care, every customer could see their entire order and invoice history, plus real-time status updates for individual orders, shipments, and invoices.

With the Corevist Platform, LORD Corporation leveraged their existing SAP business data and logic in the portal. This saved them from duplicating and supporting all that complexity in multiple systems. Because the Corevist Platform integrates with SAP directly (and real in time), Corevist Grow just “works.” It always shows the right information to each logged-in user.

THE RESULTS

$1.2M/week processed in the B2B portal

Just a few weeks after launching Corevist Grow, LORD was processing over $1.2M per week through the new B2B portal. Customers are praising the solution and placing bigger orders than ever with the easy bulk upload feature. For both LORD Corporation and their distributors, Corevist Grow has been a huge win.

A trusted partner maintaining data integrity through SAP integration

LORD knew it didn’t make sense to duplicate their investment in SAP ERP in another system. Since the Corevist Platform includes direct, real-time SAP integration, LORD launched the B2B portal they needed without increasing technical debt. Corevist upgrades, manages, and supports the B2B portal architecture from top to bottom. This means LORD didn’t have to bring on additional IT resources to run the new solution. The company can focus on its core business while Corevist keeps the B2B portal working smoothly.

“I would recommend Corevist without a doubt. They took the time to listen to us, answer our questions, and understand our requirements.”

—Jane Mascia, Senior Staff Business Process Analyst

SOLUTION USED:

Corevist Grow

The comprehensive B2B portal you need.

Empower your customers with self-service for every step of their journey.

  • Price and availability checks
  • Quote request and conversion to order
  • Online ordering by SKU number or CSV upload
  • Status checks for orders, shipments, and invoices
  • Full history of orders, invoices, and payments

Since the Corevist Platform is a managed solution with prebuilt SAP integration, your IT team can rest easy—both during the project, and after GoLive.

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