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Collaboration of Raisio and Fujitsu yielding success

The Sohva model has helped Raisio cut applications by more than half

Fujitsu Finland

Helsinki, elokuuta 24, 2011

Fujitsu Finland manages Raisio's application services Raisio Oyj and Fujitsu Services Oy have renewed their IT agreement whereby Fujitsu continues to manage Raisio's applications. During the Sohva service launched in 2006, Raisio has cut more than half of its applications, and a nice amount of costs too.

Fujitsu's Sohva is an advanced applications development and management model. The most important operational application for Raisio is SAP, which was deployed in 2004. Besides ERP it incorporates financial accounting, procurement, inventory management, sales and distribution as well as sales forecasting and fixed assets accounting. All Raisio units in Finland use this solution. In 2006 Fujitsu's Sohva service assumed the management of SAP and other Raisio applications.

"Sohva has worked well and we have managed to cut the number of applications by more than half. Back in 2006, during the transition project we still had more than one hundred applications, and now the number is around 40. We have done this by discarding redundant applications and replacing them with newer ones and integrating them in the SAP environment. Also the divestment of the margarine business reduced the number of applications,” CFO Jyrki Paappa of Raisio says.

According to Jyrki Paappa, rationalising applications with the Sohva model has been a smooth process.

"I have to admit that we were a bit excited going into the transition project, despite careful preparation. But the project have actually went surprisingly smoothly, without any disruptions and with both parties fully committed and doing everything they can,” he says.

The adoption of the Sohva service has reduced the application maintenance costs at Raisio.

”If we compare the current situation with where we were in 2005, today IT costs are at a clearly lower level. But what is even more important to us in our Sohva service is Fujitsu's effective programme portfolio management and nicely scalable resource allocation. Fujitsu also handles the basic maintenance of applications in a cost-effective manner. Now our IT development initiatives are business unit driven, which means that they better support our strategic goals,” Paappa mentions.

The Sohva service for Raisio was awarded an IT services management certificate in the summer of 2008. This ISO20000 certificate is the first of its kind in Finland. Fujitsu's applications business employs more than one thousand applications specialists.

For more information, please contact:
Regional director Mika Virtanen, Fujitsu, tel. + 358 45 7880 5114
CFO Jyrki Paappa, Raisio, tel. + 358 2 443 2279 ja 050 556 6512
Press contacts: Satu Pelttari, Fujitsu, tel. + 358 45 7880 9624, satu.pelttari (at)

Raisio Group is an international expert in plant-based nutrition. Our main products include foods and functional food ingredients as well as feeds. Our key market areas are Finland, Great Britain, Sweden, Russia, Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic countries. Raisio employs some 1,500 people, with production units in 12 countries. Raisio plc is a Finnish company established in 1939, whose shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. The company has around 36,000 shareholders. It employs some 1,500 people and operates in 12 countries. Group's net sales in 2010 were EUR 443.0 million and EBIT was EUR 19.4 million. Read more at:

Date: 24 elokuuta, 2011
City: Helsinki