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Spirit AeroSystems: Speeding production with SAP HANA

Spirit needed to access and analyze data to improve production time with faster, better-informed decisions.


Headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. (Spirit) is one of the largest non-OEM designers and manufacturers of structures for commercial, military and business/regional jets in the world.

It was looking for a way to accelerate business decision making based on statistical analysis to avoid production delays, hold down costs and accelerate its journey to high performance.

In an industry where there is no room for cost overruns, Spirit wanted to find opportunities to predict costly production delays while complying with tightly monitored regulatory requirements. The company needed a timely way to access and analyze data for faster, better informed decisions that directly affect production time.

To reduce cost overruns and production backlogs, Spirit worked with Accenture to obtain more current information by implementing in-memory computing based on SAP HANA. As a result, it gained timely business intelligence that led to improvement projects boosting productivity, reducing delays and cutting costs.

high performance delivered

Based on a long-standing relationship and our award-winning experience working with SAP to help organizations realize greater value from their software investments, Spirit turned to Accenture to help.

Together, we were able to deliver a solution that yields timely, accurate information by integrating data from multiple sources, implementing SAP HANA and developing data models that produced ongoing analytics within the supply chain and assembly operations.

With the successful SAP HANA deployment, Spirit is able to enhance supply chain management, hold down costs and streamline operations in an industry known for tight operating margins.

The ongoing flow of business intelligence provides accurate and near real-time order status to shop-floor mechanics and managers. In particular, the buffer-incursion analytics delivers insights so that Spirit can map out actions that drive down production time, overtime labor costs and inventory levels: