SAP Partnernews 27/2010

July 12, 2010 by Daniel Hardt and Christiane Stagge

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KACO Energy Cube (photo: Steeb)

Steeb supporting SAP Business All-in-One implementation at KACO new energy GmbH

KACO, a manufacturer of inverters for photovoltaic installations, is implementing SAP Business All-in-One with the help of Steeb Anwendungssysteme. Having seen its workforce grow to around 500 employees, the midsize company decided to replace its previous ERP software from Sage due to a significant increase in data volume in recent years and the SAP solution’s orientation toward the needs of globally active organizations. In addition to time-tested components for financial accounting, controlling, materials management, sales, quality management, and warehouse management, SAP Business All-in-One supports industry-specific applications. For example, it maps the entire production ranges of various device classes – from variant to small-batch manufacturing. Users can also access SAP BusinessObjects software for business intelligence functions. Starting with its German locations and its service branch in Spain, KACO plans to roll out SAP Business All-in-One at other sites in succession.

Hybris now a SAP Business ByDesign partner

Hybris, a provider of standard software for online sales, is now a solution partner for SAP Business ByDesign. The company’s on-demand software now automatically synchronizes all online sales activities in the SAP solution. It also imports data from product catalogs and information on price lists from SAP Business ByDesign, which enables users to call up product inventory information in real time. In addition, Hybris’s software can be combined with partner applications like Paymetric or Computop for credit card billing.

All for One bringing BI to automotive suppliers

All for One for Midmarket is implementing SAP Business All-in-One for Automotive for the Jopp Group and Egon Großhaus GmbH, while also adding business intelligence functions to the solution. For Jopp, the implementation is proceeding in parallel at the group’s locations in Germany and the Czech Republic, with plans to go live simultaneously for the 290 total users involved. SAP Business All-in-One is to support them primarily in accounting and logistics.

Großhaus, meanwhile, is installing SAP Business All-in-One in place of its old IKIAS (DTM Datentechnik) solution. Along with the SAP solution, All for One is implementing add-ons for warehouse scanning, supplier evaluation, and plant data collection. The plan is to roll out SAP Business All-in-One in Germany first, and then at Großhaus’s branch in Hungary, granting a total of 140 users access to the solution.

cormeta’s TRADEsprint software now supporting E.U. tire labeling ordinance

TRADEsprint, cormeta ag’s business software for the technical wholesale industry, has once again received SAP certification. It now includes a revamped sales cockpit that manages processes in tire sales and maps workflows in vehicle service operations, stock putaway and removal, cash and counter sales, workshop orders, and overviews of warehouse and store stocks. Users can hide and display the cockpit’s individual fields as needed and make other adjustments to customize TRADEsprint’s interface to their particular preferences. As a special added feature, the software now already supports companies in complying with the new European Union ordinance (1222/2009) on the labeling of tire attributes. From November 2012, all tire manufacturers and retailers will be required to disclose information on characteristics such as rolling noise, grip under wet conditions, and fuel efficiency.

Freudenberg IT: SAP-certified cloud services

SAP AG has granted global certification to Freudenberg’s cloud-based services, which enable the IT service provider to offer its software to customers through Web browsers on an on-demand basis. With cloud computing making it possible to implement integrated human capital management and customer relationship management solutions in a matter of hours, heavy-duty server racks in companies’ basements have become a thing of the past. Customers can also quickly adjust service levels, contract durations, user numbers, and other aspects.

Catenic’s financial management software supporting SAP Shared Services Framework

The term “shared services” involves the centralization of similar service processes at a shared service center, the aim being to both reduce costs and improve customer service. The SAP Shared Service Framework, which has been on the market since mid-June 2010, is designed to support shared service centers with special functions in SAP Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM) and other SAP Business Suite applications.

Meanwhile, Catenic AG has developed an interface to its own financial management solution, Anafee. With it, users can centrally manage shared services according to accounting-related cost and performance criteria.

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