Automating accounting and financial controlling processes for Adidas

Back-office automation for Adidas AG

Adidas AG, founded and headquartered in Herzogenaurach, Germany, is one of the world largest and most famous sportswear manufacturers. RPA is an essential and growing tool within Adidas to manage and modernize hundreds of back-office processes.

For this project we had the opportunity to work in the famous Adidas Campus in Herzogenaurach to work on automating multiple processes in the finance department.

The goal of the project was to share our best practices and know-how to intelligently automate business processes through Robotic Process Automation, in order to increase both quality and speed of internal administration processes.

As a proof-of-technology, two business processes within the Accounting (invoicing) and Controlling (budgeting/forecasting) domain were selected. Within accounting we automated processing and generation of intercompany invoices. The sports brand has a huge amount of subsidiaries, generating thousands of invoices and intercompany recharges. In addition, since Adidas has daughter companies all over the world, business logic was quite complex. Reducing operational risk by eliminating human error in crucial steps led to a faster and leaner process. In the controlling process, for internal reporting requirements Adidas had to generate multiple forecasting and budgetting reports. These reports were created, handled and checked manually and took multiple FTEs to complete.

“We loved working with you and I am sure you will continue this success in the future!”

Mohammed Al Ghadban – Process Automation Manager – Platform Engineering and Architecture

Both processes presented a lot of challenges, such as integrating custom build SAP modules with in-house applications built by Adidas while using smart robotics to meet the highest quality standards. Both processes were successfully automated end-to-end with massive speed, throughput and quality increases as a result.

Video demo

Automated applications

SAP, Microsoft Office Excel, Chrome, Custom In-house Software

Implementation partner

Digital Innovation

Invoice automation for Live Nation

Sportpaleis Group is a company that operates the largest theaters and concert halls in Belgium with over 2 million visitors each year.

One of their key goals is to provide excellent customer support. A popular customer request, especially from their business and enterprise customers, is to provide an invoice related to booked reservations and arrangements. In the past this was a manual process. Customers had to send their request by email to the finance department of Sportpaleis Group. The finance responsibles would then perform a list of checks and process the request to ultimately deliver an invoice to the customer by email.

We installed an Automagica robot capable of performing all those tasks without any form of human intervention. This involves navigating their proprietary ticketing software as well as the accounting software. Instead of sending an e-mail, users can now simply fill in a web form after which the robot will perform all necessary steps to email the invoice back to the end user.

Using this solution, their finance department has more time to focus on quality work while the robot performs this repetitive task in the background. Thousands of invoice requests have already been processed end-to-end, fully automatically by the Automagica robot. Down below is a recording of the robot in action.

Would you like to learn more about Automagica, our Smart Robotic Process Automation software and its capabilities to automate even the most complex processes? Get in touch with us at hello@oakwood.ai or sales@automagica.be.

Video Demo
Skip to toolbar