CLEVELAND -- Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE: AIT) has selected SAP to help transform the company's technology platforms and enhance its business information and transaction systems for future growth.
"Replacing Applied's existing legacy applications with a common technology platform is aligned with the business objectives and strategy of our company," said Ben Mondics, President & Chief Operating Officer for Applied. "SAP provides the best solution for Applied due to their experience in wholesale distribution and their support options. SAP's software will help drive efficiencies across our operations by addressing our specific business and industry needs."
"We are pleased that Applied has chosen SAP as its software provider to transform and unify its business systems," said Bob Courteau, Chief Operating Officer - Global Field Operations for SAP. "We look forward to being a strong partner to Applied and providing an integrated platform to support their continued growth."
The implementation of SAP is aimed at providing operational efficiency, modern functionality, and the ability to adapt to future business needs. The company plans to roll out the application in planned phases.
To lead this important software implementation, Applied has named Mark Stoneburner as the company's Vice President of Enterprise Transformation. In this newly created position, Mr. Stoneburner will work with Applied's information technology team headed by Lonny Lawrence, Vice President - Information Technology, on the migration to the new business system.
Mr. Stoneburner has served in various sales and management positions throughout his 27 years with the company. He most recently served as Vice President - Midwest Area, a position he has held since 2007. Mr. Stoneburner received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management from Ohio University and an MBA from Xavier University.