Wheels Keep Turning

Feature Article | October 27, 2010 by Barbara Czech

Online store interacts with SAP Business One (image: coresystems)

Online store interacts with SAP Business One (image: coresystems)

PG-Bikes manufactures custom, hybrid, and electric bicycles and sells them directly to customers through its online store. Offering hand-made products tailored to each rider’s individual needs requires speed, flexibility, and smooth execution, which is why the company chose SAP Business One as its ERP system. Along with an online store from ePages, coresuite eCommerce go as its interface, and the app coresuite mobile, PG-Bikes now has an all-new IT infrastructure at its disposal.

SAP Business One interacts with online store

In the future, all of the bike specialist’s business processes – from orders, production, and inventory management to invoicing and controlling – will be handled in SAP Business One. Meanwhile, coresuite eCommerce go from coresystems connects the application to the robust and modern online store PG-Bikes has acquired from ePages, ensuring a high level of effectiveness.

“In coresuite eCommerce go, we have an interface between SAP and ePages that meets our needs perfectly. We can view our SAP data live and in real time on the Web whenever necessary, without having to readjust everything in our online store. That saves us a lot of time and money,” explains Manuel Ostner, CEO of PG Trade & Sales GmbH.

At the new PG-Bikes online store, customers can assemble the bike they want, examine it from every possible angle, and then order it directly from the company. All of the customizable options give cycling enthusiasts more than 13 billion ways (and over 6.5 million electric setups) to put together their ideal bike.

Read on: coresuite mobile providing ERP on the go

For on the move: software from coresystems (image: coresystems)

For on the move: software from coresystems (image: coresystems)

Mobile ERP

Meanwhile, coresuite mobile interacts with SAP Business One to enhance mobile use. The app makes it possible to access master data and other information in SAP Business One, monitor service calls, record working hours and activities, and display GEO Location functionality on service maps with a mobile device whenever needed. Finally, integrated dashboards round out the functional scope of coresuite mobile as a mobile ERP system by rendering graphical presentations of current key figures.

Since the app stores data from SAP Business One locally, this information is also available offline. This keeps the cost of exchanging and synchronizing data through the coresuite cloud low, even when working abroad.

Currently, coresuite mobile is available for iPhone and laptops; support for further platforms is set to follow soon. The basic package, which includes cloud functionality, costs €9.90 per user each month (plus tax).

Read on: How CEOs can benefit

PG-Bikes: innovative design, forward-thinking IT (image: PG Trade & Sales GmbH)

PG-Bikes: innovative design, forward-thinking IT (image: PG Trade & Sales GmbH)

How CEOs can benefit

As a CEO in charge of sales, I spend around 60% of my time in the field or traveling on business. For me, coresuite mobile is the perfect tool for obtaining a quick and comprehensive overview of our business processes. As with most apps, I only need a few clicks to get the desired result and stay constantly up-to-date,” says Manuel Ostner.

“Before we started working with coresystems, we had a heterogeneous IT structure similar to that of many companies. Now, each process flows seamlessly into the next, and we’re reaping the benefits all along the way. We’re able to maintain a complete overview, for example, but also have transparency in every individual process. Thanks to its use of cloud computing, our solution is both potent and cost-effective, particularly for smaller companies. Plus, coresystems’ sound security concept quickly put our initial reservations to rest,” Ostner says in summary.

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