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January 11, 2012
MIAMI, January 11, 2012 - Answerthink, a division of The Hackett Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCKT) and a premier developer, provider and supporter of SAP® solutions, today announced the successful go-live implementation of EzLifeSciences™, an SAP Business All-in-One partner solution for the life sciences industry, at Gallus BioPharmaceuticals, LLC.
Gallus BioPharmaceuticals is a premier biologics contract manufacturing organization based in St. Louis, MO. Gallus operates an FDA-approved, commercially-certified facility formerly owned by Centocor Biologics LLC. The Gallus facility has capabilities for mammalian cell culture and protein purification in both perfusion and fed batch modes and is being expanded to offer additional development and clinical services capabilities. The plant currently produces two leading commercial biologics products, distributed globally.
Answerthink is a strategic business advisory and technology consulting firm that enables companies to achieve world-class business performance. EzLifeSciences is an industry-specific SAP Business All-in-One solution from Answerthink customized for growing companies in pharmaceutical manufacturing industries. This solution is part of Answerthink's family of preconfigured offerings that are designed specifically to help life sciences companies achieve goals such as streamlined product development, manufacture reporting automation, regulatory compliance, and supporting critical business processes.
Gallus went live after a 14-week rapid implementation which was completed both on time and on budget. The successful implementation of the SAP ERP 6.0 application included core functionality in the areas of finance (general ledger, account receivables and account payables, and product costing), materials management (purchasing, approved manufacturer part list, approved vendors through source lists, inventory management, and cycle counting), production planning (from forecasting material requirement planning to media and buffer preparation to cell culture manufacturing), quality management (product release), and sales and distribution (service-based contract manufacturer organization, sales order management, and customer billing) utilizing Answerthink's qualified SAP Business All-in-One partner solution.
Steven Kasok, chief financial officer at Gallus, said: "The rapid deployment of SAP Business All-in-One at Gallus was a key component in the seamless transformation of our site from a large biopharmaceutical facility to a dynamic, flexible CMO. The transparency provided by the SAP application is a core part of the services offered to our clients, as the majority of large pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies run SAP solutions. Answerthink's approach and focused technical support was essential to our successful implementation."
According to John McGrath, principal, SAP Solutions Group, Answerthink, "SAP Business All-in-One will provide Gallus with the platform it needs, allowing the company to focus on the right segment of its market. Our EzLifeSciences solution provides superior value to growing, innovative customers like Gallus. Many small and midsize companies are coming to the conclusion that they can take on world-class software from SAP if a preconfigured, industry-based approach is used."
Gallus BioPharmaceuticals is a premier biologics contract manufacturing organization based in St. Louis, MO. Gallus operates an FDA-approved, commercially-certified facility formerly owned by Centocor Biologics, LLC. The Gallus facility has capabilities for mammalian cell culture and protein purification in both perfusion and fed batch mode and is being expanded to offer additional development and clinical services capabilities. The plant currently produces two leading commercial biologics products, distributed globally. For more information, visit Gallus on the web at www.gallusbiopharma.com.
Answerthink (www.answerthink.com) is an SAP gold channel partner that develops and offers qualified SAP Business All-in-One partner solutions - industry-specific software, implementation and training packaged solutions. By leveraging the best practices database of The Hackett Group, Answerthink helps clients improve performance and maximize returns on investments in SAP software. Answerthink is a division of The Hackett Group.
The Hackett Group (NASDAQ: HCKT) is an intellectual property-based strategic consultancy and leading enterprise benchmarking and best practices implementation firm to global companies, offering digital transformation and enterprise application approaches including a robotic process automation and cloud computing. Services include business transformation, enterprise performance management, working capital management and global business services. The Hackett Group also provides dedicated expertise in business strategy, operations, finance, human capital management, strategic sourcing, procurement and information technology, including its award-winning Oracle EPM and SAP practices.
The Hackett Group has completed more than 13,000 benchmarking studies with major corporations and government agencies, including 93% of the Dow Jones Industrials, 87% of the Fortune 100, 87% of the DAX 30 and 58% of the FTSE 100. These studies drive its Best Practice Intelligence Center™ which includes the firm's benchmarking metrics, best practices repository and best practice configuration guides and process flows, which enable The Hackett Group's clients and partners to achieve world-class performance.