YASH Technologies Announces Successful Go-Live of SAP ERP and SAP BusinessObjects Implementations For Au Bon Pain

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Leading Restaurant Chain Invests in SAP as a Strategy to Achieve Corporate Objectives. The integrated, single platform will lower operating costs, and will allow Au Bon Pain to extend system capabilities to support its growth initiatives. In addition to leveraging SAP for their ERP needs, Au Bon Pain wanted to take advantage of SAP's business intelligence platform to give its management more powerful, efficient and user-friendly analytical reporting capabilities.

Market fluctuations are a constant for the restaurant industry--it's the nature of the business. We're faced with tighter profit margins than other industries and wanted to leverage the best-in-class functionality of SAP to help us gain a competitive advantage.

In today's highly competitive and fluctuating economy, it's imperative for Small and Midsized Enterprises (SMEs) to leverage technology to overcome market challenges and sustain a competitive advantage. YASH Technologies, a leading enterprise business and technology partner for global companies, is pleased to announce the successful Go-Live of SAP ERP and SAP BusinessObjects at Au Bon Pain, an international fast-casual restaurant chain.

Au Bon Pain has experienced tremendous growth in the last five years. They chose YASH to implement SAP to replace legacy systems and drive business improvement across the company. With the implementation of SAP complete, Au Bon Pain now has a unified IT platform that will allow for:

  • Optimized performance
  • Enhanced visibility with real-time data capture
  • Increased productivity
  • Accelerated financial closings
  • Improved business processes with access to aggregated information

"Investing in technology is an effective way for organizations to better position themselves in a challenging business environment," said Jacinto Arauz, Vice President of YASH. "By consolidating all business processes into one ERP system, you gain the ability to make strategic business decisions that grow profit margins."

The successful Go-Live of Au Bon Pain's SAP ERP implementation included:

  • General Accounting
  • Purchasing
  • Controlling with Cost and Profit Centers
  • Accounts Payable and Receivable
  • Financial Reporting
  • Fixed Assets
  • Real Estate Management

YASH utilized industry best practices as well as proprietary methodologies for the implementation, which sped the realization of benefits for Au Bon Pain. The integrated, single platform will lower operating costs, and will allow Au Bon Pain to extend system capabilities to support its growth initiatives.

In addition to leveraging SAP for their ERP needs, Au Bon Pain wanted to take advantage of SAP's business intelligence platform to give its management more powerful, efficient and user-friendly analytical reporting capabilities. With the SAP ERP implementation underway, the decision to deploy SAP BusinessObjects for full business insight, supported their business strategy. The SAP Business Objects implementation provided Au Bon Pain the ability to proactively change business processes based on:

  • Changing trends in the marketplace
  • Customer behavior and spending patterns
  • Customer preferences and experiences

Mr. Ed Mockler, CIO of Au Bon Pain said, "Market fluctuations are a constant for the restaurant industry--it's the nature of the business. We're faced with tighter profit margins than other industries and wanted to leverage the best-in-class functionality of SAP to help us gain a competitive advantage." Mockler added, "Because of YASH's successful deployments, we're now able to drive business priorities, based on trends and measurable performance indicators, that help us remain a market leader."

As an SAP certified Gold Channel partner and reseller for SAP Business All-in-One solutions and SAP BusinessObjects, YASH is a single source partner for:

  • Consulting
  • Software/Licenses
  • Services/Implementation
  • Application Management including maintenance and support
  • Hosting

Working with one partner that offers full lifecycle support provides customers a greater ability to lower the Total Cost of Ownership of their systems and realize business benefits through flexible programs and delivery options.

About Au Bon Pain
Au Bon Pain is a leader in the fast casual restaurant category specializing in high-quality, fresh foods. Founded 30 years ago, Au Bon Pain operates comfortable casual café environments emphasizing hospitable service with a focus on breakfast, lunch and light fare. Boston-based Au Bon Pain today operates more than 220 bakery cafes in the US and abroad. For more information, please visit http://www.aubonpain.com.

About YASH Technologies
YASH Technologies focuses on customer success. As a leading enterprise business and technology partner for medium and large global customers, we leverage technology and our flexible delivery models to drive performance and business value throughout a customer's enterprise. YASH's comprehensive service approach incorporates a holistic view of our customers that extends beyond delivery. This approach integrates enterprise solutions and services, proprietary best practice offerings, strategic application and maintenance outsourcing, as well as consulting and integration services. YASH is a SEI CMMI (Level 3) and an ISO 9001:2000 certified company with US and India headquarters and regional sales and development offices spread across 3 continents. For more information, please visit http://www.yash.com.

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