When Scuderia AlphaTauri, a Formula One (F1) team from Italy, wanted to ratchet up its efficiency servicing and maintaining its latest racecar, they turned to Epicor’s Kinetic cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform. It was a tall order, given that F1 racecars can have upwards of 14,000 parts that must be tracked and monitored. Some of the unique components may need to be custom-manufactured by AlphaTauri.
Giovanni Cattarina, ERP manager for AlphaTauri, says the move helped improve management of those parts and resources that go into being track-ready and beyond. The 2022 F1 racing season kicked off with Round One in mid-March and races will continue into November on tracks around the world. Cattarina says using Epicor helps the team focus their time and energy on the fast-moving operation.
How ERP Helps AlphaTauri Go Faster
“Formula One is a business that is very dynamic,” he says. “There are many things that are going on and changing internally and externally. That’s why our technical partnership [with Epicor] is quite important for us.”
The AlphaTauri team must manage a lot of information in a short period of time, Cattarina says, and the flexibility of Epicor helps with this. For example, prior to using the solution, he says, many individuals on the team would spend much of their time, even half of the day, entering data. Now such time can be prioritized to allow those team members to focus on other needed tasks. Data entry that might take up half a day could get done in half an hour through the solution. “Epicor helps us very much, especially in production,” Cattarina says.
There is a driving need among F1 teams to be more efficient and work lean in order to deliver on race day, says Stu Millward, vice president of professional services for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, and Asia-Pacific for Epicor. “Every hour that they spend doing something that isn’t a value-add to make the car, the parts they’re working on more efficient, resolving problems, making sure everything is optimized -- every minute, every hour they spend doing something else means that efficiency is lost.”
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