When most of us think about who feeds the world, we probably think of farmers. And that makes sense—after all, farmers grow food. So how can a business like The Mosaic Company, one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients, talk about helping the world grow the food it needs? Because without fertilizers, farmers would grow much less food—as much as 30 percent to 50 percent less by conservative estimates.
If producing and supplying phosphate and potash fertilizer are central to what The Mosaic Company does, then why would it have recently spent so much time and effort on improving its entire SAP system? After all, SAP is enterprise application software, focused on helping companies operate their business processes, and seemingly unrelated to mining and manufacturing.
The answer is simple, says Doug Mills, Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Mosaic. “I believe we could not operate our business without SAP, even though SAP is not involved in any of the mining and production processes. As finished product is produced at our mines and plants, SAP is necessary to ship the product and execute business with our customers.. So it really is the lifeblood in terms of the transaction processing for Mosaic.”
All of Mosaic’s global financial, commercial, and supply-chain systems are on SAP. “Everything from our customer contracts, orders, shipments, invoices, and accounts receivable, as well as our purchase orders, receipts of inventory, and payables to our vendors, are processed on SAP,” says Mills. “We have significant treasury operations within SAP, and we are in the midst of implementing business planning in SAP, which is the largest platform for Mosaic. We have over 2,000 users of SAP in a single global instance serving our businesses in six countries.”