Define functional requirements (IT)

November 14, 2018 1752


Forbo Flooring Systems is a leading manufacturer and worldwide distributor of linoleum and vinyl floor coverings. In Europe, there are 12 manufacturing plants in Netherlands, UK, France, Switzerland and Russia.


Forbo is implementing SAP as the overall ERP system for its production plants. There are some parts of the production process that are chosen not to be integrated with SAP, but do require an update to a .net based application. For the “Methec” line, a functional description was required in order to write the new program by the own IT department in Krommenie.


Groenewout was asked to write the functional description and acted as a facilitator for the internal approvals by doing:

  • Detailed site tour
  • Interviews with all key persons within operations
  • Facilitate workshops to go through entire process



  • Desired functionalities were defined by Forbo in consultation with Groenewout
  • A detailed workshop was conducted to eliminate any questions concerning requirements
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50 years of experience

Consulting firm with over 50 years of experience.

European database

Availability of a European logistics database with benchmark figures on transportation and warehouse costs.

Network design

Full scope expertise on network design, as well as warehouse design (conceptual layout, logistics - and storage equipment) and logistics building design (engineering and investment calculations).

Implementation support

Ability to support implementation of new logistics concepts (70% of Groenewout revenue is with existing customers in follow-up/implementation projects.

Extensive knowledge

Extensive operational knowledge, hands-on, pragmatic and bottom-up approach.

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