Case Study Automotive

Streamlining procurement
& materials management through automation


Since 2014, Nikola has pioneered electric- and hydrogen-powered class 8 semi-tractors — forging a path towards a zero-emissions world. To support its mission, the company needed to improve its procurement and inventory management — So, it sought out an automated solution that would simplify its business processes.

Now, with an ERP solution that integrates the company’s full truck design plans into its material requirements planning software, Nikola can deliver on what customers expect: the most energy-conscious and innovative semi-tractors on the market.

Customer Profile

Name: Nikola
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Industry: Electric-powered trucks


of systems implemented following best practices

4 months

to full implementation

Accelerating productivity via RISE with SAP S/4HANA® Cloud, Private Edition

Before: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Previous system proved inefficient in managing materials
  • Direct and indirect procurement performance fell short of expectations
  • Needed solution with comprehension of manufacturing functions
  • Former approach lacked understanding of automotive industry
  • Struggled to find the right resources to make old ERP system effective

Why Syntax + SAP

  • Well-established as reliable solution in automotive vertical
  • Customizable, out-of-the-box software with option to skip unneeded requirements
  • Syntax is knowledgeable, delivered a fast implementation turnaround time
  • Unprecedented number of processes employed with best practices for industry

“If you plan for the future and lay a solid foundation with your implementation partner, RISE with SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition can scale to your business needs.”

CIO, Nikola

After: Value-Driven Results

– Optimized design capabilities to deliver on consumer needs
– Stage set to add future SAP products — like the Vehicle Management System
– Elevated proficiency in procurement and inventory management
– Manufacturing execution system reliably handles manufacturing processes