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NS Agro Discovers the Power of Marketing Automation

While they expertly deliver innovation and quality to their customers, Callaway Golf’s previous planning and reporting tool wasn’t making the cut. To evolve their enterprise, the sports giant decided to replace their outdated planning software with SAP Analytics Cloud for planning.

Together with Avvale, Callaway Golf successfully implemented SAP Analytics Cloud across their global enterprise in just 6 months. Now, Callaway Golf has a single, consolidated planning solution that has enabled streamlined expense and asset plans so they can focus on what they do best– revolutionizing the sporting world with cutting edge equipment.

NS Agro is the main holding company that provides services to the agricultural industry in Chile. In 2021, they set a goal to have a scalable digital marketing channel that would adapt to evolving market needs in order to give the company’s digital efforts an edge over their competitors. This would also lead to offering their customers a unique shopping experience.

The Challenge

To keep up with constantly changing business needs, organizations become more demanding in their operations, especially in the retention and acquisition of new customers. To meet demand, it is vital that a company has access to a total insight into business operations and customer profiles. These overviews are achieved by cross-referencing information from the different systems to provide quality data in real time. This enables the entire marketing process to be optimized by centralizing all the information in a single tool.


The Approach

SAP Marketing Cloud adapts to the needs of the company and provides an overview of customer profiles. This tool makes it possible to identify target customers and then create personalized marketing campaigns to these targets. Essentially it not only automates the marketing process, but also provides visibility into budget, performance, and ROI. Best of all, the solution was implemented in just three months.


The Challenge

Before integrating SAP Analytics Cloud, Callaway Golf's planning landscape centered around SAP's legacy planning solution, Business Planning and Simulation (BPS). While BPS met Callaway Golf's planning needs for many years, the enterprise began to experience limitations with their old solution:

  • Disconnected plans across the board: As Callaway Golf expanded and acquired new brands, planning processes greatly differed across the enterprise with some business units using Excel spreadsheets and others using legacy solutions for planning.
  • Outdated planning functionalities: The existing legacy planning solution lacked many modern functionalities. Among them, salary calculations and asset depreciation automation needed improvement. As a result, it became difficult to create detailed and accurate forecasts across the globe.
  • Significant IT support: The legacy solution required continuous management from IT to maintain runtime. IT had to carve out a full day every week to manually maintain the solution.
  • No single source of truth: Various departments and brands used different data sources, which led to data silos across the organization, making it difficult to gain a clear picture of the enterprise's planned expenses.
  • Rigid user interface: Legacy forecasting system was difficult to navigate and lacked working functions and calculations across the board, such as planning on depreciation and existing assets, adding vendors or members on the fly, and breaking down their cost center expense planning forecasts.

The Approach

With Avvale experts on their side, Callaway Golf laid out the following goals for their new planning landscape with SAP Analytics Cloud:

  • Crowdsource and consolidate plans across the enterprise to gain a global overview of their planned expenses and expand the input capabilities to each responsible owner.
  • Leverage elevated planning functionalities to create faster and more accurate forecast cost center expense and asset reports. The ability to customize calculations enhances and automates the reporting metrics.
  • Harness the power of self-service analytics to alleviate IT from the burden of simple maintenance and data entry requests, so they can focus on high-ROI tasks.
  • Maximize user-driven admin capabilities to control the management of calculations and forms.
  • Create new KPls driven by the business needs.

When SEM-BPS was the center of Callaway Golf's planning landscape, flexibility was a huge factor that was missing. SAP Analytics Cloud contains powerful scenario planning capabilities that help organizations quickly uncover actionable insights to make data-driven decisions. For Callaway Golf, SAP Analytics Cloud's modern planning functionalities provided users with the ability to:

  • Add members on the fly
  • Plan on existing as well as planned assets and automatically calculate the depreciation of values
  • Test "what-if" scenarios for deeper analysis by creating private versions of plans
  • Customize the solution based on their current business process
  • Perform driver-based calculations
  • Empower users to execute end-to-end planning scenarios, without the help of IT

The Impact

The marketing department at NS Agro went from only executing traditional marketing tactics to now a full scale digital marketing strategy. They are able to grow strategic relationships with their customers by providing omnichannel experiences and obtaining measurable data in real time. The marketing team leverages accurate contact data in a single platform and is able to segment and create target groups. Additionally, SAP Marketing Cloud directly connects with Sales Cloud, generating new opportunities and creating harmony between the two departments.