The first implementation of SAP Innovation Management in Ukraine

Metinvest Digital was the first in Ukraine to introduce the SAP Innovation Management digital solution on 14 assets of the Metinvest Group.

Metinvest's enterprises have switched to an automated system for submitting proposals and collecting employee ideas in order to increase the operational efficiency of the business. The implementation of the project took 9 months from the moment of the formation of the technical specifications to the putting into commercial operation. The implementation of the IT solution was carried out by the project team of specialists from Metinvest Group (a business customer), technical experts from Metinvest Digital (IT business partner of Metinvest Group) and a team of SAP consultants.

SAP Innovation Management is an automated cross-functional platform that allows employees to quickly draw up and submit ideas for continuous improvements, and managers can provide a systematic and manageable process of their evaluation and implementation. The solution covers all phases of the life cycle of proposals:

— creation;

— publication and classification;

 joint cross-functional work;

— analytics;


In addition, SAP Innovation Management integrates seamlessly with project management systems.

Maxim Matyash, Director of SAP Ukraine: 

— Principle of continuous improvement is applied in almost all divisions of Metinvest. This time, improvements affected the processes of internal business innovation. Since September 2018, the company has been looking for a solution that will allow us to implement the business process ‘from idea to project’. We are grateful for the choice in favor of SAP Innovation Management, which provides users with both wide functionality and adaptability, as well as the opportunity to adapt the platform to the client’s tasks. Only a few customers have implemented such a solution in Europe, therefore for Metinvest and for us this project was both innovative and exciting at the same time. For its implementation, we attracted an SAP consulting team with international experience, which, along with a high level of involvement of the business customer, became a critical factor in the success of the project. The implemented project allowed us to move to the paradigm of effective implementation of new business ideas based on an innovative IT tool. Everyone benefited from such a transformation: Metinvest Group as a whole from optimizing the speed of introducing new ideas, innovative employees from automation and simplification of the process, as well as quick rewards if the idea has found practical application.

Sergiy Detyuk, IT Director of Metinvest Group, General Director of Metinvest Digital:

The system of continuous improvements has long been used at the manufacturing enterprises of the Metinvest Group and is an integral part of its operating activities. Our task as the IT business partner of the Group was to create and implement an innovative IT tool that will be convenient for employees and allow the business to effectively manage the life cycle of ideas. Thanks to SAP Innovation Management, we have created a unified knowledge base on continuous improvements in the Group, reduced the time from the moment of submission of an idea to its implementation, and increased the effectiveness of managing the process of continuous improvements. It is worth noting that the project was implemented simultaneously at 14 enterprises of the Group.

Kirill Makarov, Director of Continuous Improvements, Metinvest Group:

Implementation of SAP Innovation Management provided a unified approach and transparency in managing the process of submitting and evaluating proposals. Thanks to the new IT system, more than 75 000 employees of 14 Metinvest Group enterprises can send their ideas and initiatives electronically. Since its launch in March 2019, SAP Innovation Management has registered more than 10 thousand ideas with an estimated economic effect of about 90 million UAH. The system allows you to online analyze submitted ideas at various stages of the life cycle, evaluate their uniqueness, compare among themselves and replicate the best of them. Along with proposals aimed at reducing costs, improving product quality, increasing production volumes, employees can send initiatives to improve safety and labor protection, as well as improve working conditions. In the future, the SAP Innovation Management platform should become an electronic portal supporting the integration of external contractors into the company's continuous improvement program.

For SAP, this is another successful step towards a strategic partnership with Metinvest in its digital transformation program. Metinvest Group has been the largest SAP customer in Ukraine since 2012. She uses 17 SAP systems that automate the company's business processes in almost all areas of activity. In 2014, Metinvest received the certificate of the SAP Customer Examination Center of the Primary level, and in 2017 - the certificate of the Advanced level. The company became the first in Ukraine, the fourth in the CIS and entered the TOP-50 world companies certified at this level.

SAP is one of the world leaders in the market of enterprise applications, which helps organizations of any size and specialization to manage their business more efficiently. Support services or a board of directors, a warehouse or a store, desktop or mobile applications - SAP solutions can increase the efficiency of interaction between individual employees and organizations as a whole, create a deep understanding of the business and create a competitive advantage. SAP solutions and services are used by more than 437,000 customers (including SuccessFactors systems), the advanced technologies of this company guarantee high profitability, contribute to continuous adaptation and sustainable development.

SAP entered the Ukrainian market in 1995. In Ukraine, its customers are more than 250 state organizations, as well as enterprises in the oil and gas and metallurgical sectors.

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