ABIOMED Selects Answerthink and SAP to Streamline Business Processes

Medical devices company taps consulting firm to support implementation of industry-specific ERP solution, best practices

Medical devices company taps consulting firm to support implementation of industry-specific ERP solution, best practices

Miami — February 22, 2006 — Medical devices company ABIOMED has tapped consulting firm Answerthink to assist in the purchase, implementation and support of EzLifeSciences, a mySAP All-in-One solution designed to streamline business processes and position the company for continued growth.

Headquartered in Danvers, Mass., ABIOMED manufactures circulatory support technology for patients in heart failure. The company chose Answerthink based on the strength of the consulting firm's life sciences experience and its preconfigured solution built on the mySAP software, according to Answerthink.

EzLifeSciences is an industry-specific offering from Answerthink based on best practices from SAP and customized for companies in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries. It provides the benefits of a fixed-price, fixed-scope, fixed-timeline offering that is designed specifically to help life sciences companies achieve goals such as streamlining new product development and automating processes required for FDA approvals and regulatory compliance, Answerthink said.

ABIOMED is one of nine life sciences companies that have selected Answerthink and EzLifeSciences within the past year.

"We selected Answerthink and SAP in part because we liked Answerthink's business process-focused methodology," said Daniel Lubin, director of IT for ABIOMED. "Utilizing SAP to implement best practices, ABIOMED will obtain a fully validated system that is up and running faster, to enable powerful visibility into the critical operations of the business and enhance our business decision support capabilities."

According to John McGrath, managing director of Answerthink's SAP Solutions Group: "SAP has been an exceptionally strong partner for us, and the combination of their powerful software with our best practices and industry expertise make this a unique offering for life sciences companies. It does more than just provide comprehensive integrated ERP functionality. It actually helps companies improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations at many different levels."

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