SAP-Partnernews 31/2009

Leifheit switches to SAP Business All-in-One (photo: Leifheit)

Leifheit Opts for it.consumer

Leifheit AG will be implementing the software solution it.consumer from the SAP partner itelligence until mid-2010. This solution is based on SAP Business All-in-One and tailored to industry-specific needs in production planning, display processing, and inventory management.

As a household products manufacturer known throughout Europe for brands such as Soehnle, Leifheit, and Spirella, Leifheit AG is seeking to meet the increasing requirements of the market with its SAP system. From 2010, 250 of the company’s 1,400 total employees at locations in Germany and the Czech Republic are to have access to the new solution.

SAP Acquires SAF

SAP AG plans to purchase all shares in the Swiss company SAF AG. The tender offer presented to SAF’s shareholders specifies a price of €11.50 per share. SAF specializes in the development of ordering and forecasting software for retail, logistics, and industrial purposes. The company has worked successfully with SAP for many years as part of an OEM partnership.

SAP’s offer includes a premium of 9% on the closing Xetra share price for SAF (€10.50) on July 17, 2009, or of 33.9% on the stock’s volume-weighted average Xetra price over the past three months. Shareholders can peruse the documentation pertaining to the offer online. The offer will expire on August 28, 2009.

C4 Obtains SAP Certification

The software solution C4 from ec4u expert consulting ag has received SAP’s “Powered by SAP NetWeaver” certification. C4 facilitates the optimization of customer communications through numerous channels, including e-mail, fax, call centers, and the Internet. Various large corporations – among them Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Telekom, and RWE – already use the solution.

The SAP-certified C4 Connector enables users to integrate C4 seamlessly into existing SAP landscapes, while C4 itself makes it possible to integrate data from various SAP systems – such as SAP Customer Relationship Management and SAP ERP – into customer communications and company processes.

Esprit Consulting Again Named SAP Special Expertise Partner for Insurance

SAP Germany has again granted the title of “Special Expertise Partner for Insurance” to Esprit Consulting. Since 2007, the company’s consultants have been members of this elite group of partners recognized for their outstanding proficiency.

SAP’s Special Expertise Program (SEP) aims to improve the quality of service the company’s partners provide for its industry solutions. SAP selects SEP partners based on the special, locally based technical competence they demonstrate in their respective countries.

AutoBank for SAP Optimizes Bank-Statement Processing

To fine-tune the automated bank-statement processing in its financial accounting system, VDI GmbH implemented AutoBank for SAP – a software package from Hanse Orga AG that automatically processes all bank-statement information. Since optimizing its six company codes, VDI GmbH now achieves a match rate of up to 83%.

AutoBank for SAP is fully integrated into the SAP landscape as an enhancement add-on for electronic bank statements. Its purpose is to improve clearing rates in the automated posting of bank statements, payment notices, and all other information that requires posting in general ledgers and SAP subledgers.

Mercer and SAP Work Together on Outsourcing Services

SAP Germany and Mercer have forged a cooperative agreement concerning business process outsourcing for the management of company pension schemes and additional company benefits. The pilot project will initially focus on the German market, but may expand to other countries in the future.

With their cooperation, Mercer and SAP are responding to companies’ growing interest in outsourcing such pension schemes completely to external service providers. In doing so, they are combining the standard application SAP ERP Human Capital Management with Mercer’s specialized outsourcing services.