Use Case

Global Standardization and Digitalization of Driver-Based Planning at Proman AG


The Company

Proman AG is one of the largest methanol producers in the world and covers the entire production depth in the value creation process.

The Challenge

The decentralized planning process hardly allowed for analysis and detailed statements at the group level. The contents could hardly be compared due to different business models and yet the process for this was very time-consuming.


The Approach

In order to eliminate the hardly manageable group planning, the planning methods were standardized for each business area throughout the group and mapped in a modern CPM tool. In addition, Group planning and financial planning were dynamically integrated.

  • Definition of a uniform group-wide planning model for core financial planning and for all business models (production, EPC/projects, logistics, sales)
  • Coordination of basic model with all decentralized units worldwide
  • Detailing of the concept in a specialist concept
  • Integration of specific local requirements of an American subgroup
  • Implementation of all planning modules in two phases (Core / Segments)
  • Monitoring of testing centrally and in the overseas units
  • Training of users and Hypercare
  • System expansion to include financial planning and liquidity management as well as complex simulations


Your Benefits

Integrated corporate performance management system with the ability to perform ad hoc analyses in the actual figures as well as meaningful analyses in the plan-actual deviations. As a result, Proman gained significant added value from the processes and figures. In addition, Group Controlling was able to administer and further develop the processes and systems itself.

"The challenge of mapping an integrated business model of a global industrial group was big. Markus Noçon and his team masterfully implemented it and created a system that convinces through layout and usability. Despite the different business plans of the individual companies, from construction to production and service, it is thanks to the competence of the team that this has been implemented in Planning Analytics in a user-friendly way. By implementing Cognos Controller at the same time, an integrated system was created that maps the business processes from budgeting and planning to consolidation and reporting. The training of users at our locations in the USA and the Caribbean allows us to develop analyses and reports independently (cultural and language barriers were never an obstacle). Schedule and budget were always adhered to. 4C has repeatedly provided us with valuable ideas and impulses, and through professional methodology has created a system adapted to our specific needs."

Ulrich Wrabetz, Finance Director at Proman AG

Your Temporary Co-drivers

Stephan Grunwald

Senior Partner

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Markus Noçon

Senior Partner

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Peter Keefer


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