Partnerticker 42/2010

Virtural Data Center Tour by TDS (photo: TDS)
Virtural Data Center Tour by TDS (photo: TDS)

TDS AG offers virtual data center tour

Outsourcing depends in particular on reliable data centers, which is why TDS AG is giving interested parties the chance to take a passive or interactive virtual tour of one of its facilities. The tour stops by stations that address the topics of data security, energy provision, server and network space, climate control, and fire prevention, as well as the broader subjects of reliability, flexibility, efficiency, and availability. TDS handles its customers’ IT on around 4,000 servers in Neckarsulm and Neuenstadt/Kocher, Germany.

Steeb implementing SAP Business ByDesign at GENESIS

Steeb GmbH is currently implementing SAP Business ByDesign for the German subsidiary of the U.S. company GENESIS. A manufacturer of hydraulic accessory equipment, GENESIS opted for this approach after reacquiring its business activities in Asia, Africa, and Europe through an asset deal.

The implementation of SAP Business ByDesign is projected to require eight weeks, which should ensure rapid process support. Meanwhile, GENESIS’s organizational and procedural structures are undergoing a redefinition in which every function is being described based on a catalog of business-related questions.

The processes involved include order entry, customer relationship management, assembly, financials, and accounting. In the future, GENESIS’s controlling department in the U.S. will be able to access the company’s data over the Web and render its financial reports in parallel according to German and U.S. law.

UC4 releases automation solutions for SAP applications

UC4 has augmented its portfolio for SAP customers with new integration for SAP Financial Closing Cockpit (SAP FCC) and an SAP enhancement for its own UC4 Automated System Copy. SAP FCC is designed to help finance departments carry out month-end closings efficiently and maintain compliance with laws and other requirements.

Meanwhile, UC4 Automated System Copy enables customers to accelerate the system copy process by eliminating both errors and manual steps. The enhancement is also available to users of SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse. Both of these solutions were introduced at the SAP TechEd events in Berlin and Las Vegas.

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ComGroup develops add-on for forms

To account for the requirements of different departments with regard to form generation, ComGroup has developed Output Framework. This SAP add-on serves as a basis for actual form development and can be adjusted to meet varying needs. Since the add-on works exclusively with the SAP standard, departments can make layout changes or select languages without modifying the system itself. The add-on supports integration into SAP ERP and requires SAP NetWeaver 7.0 or later.

All for One Midmarket witnessing rise in business intelligence

All for One Midmarket will be delving into the topic of business intelligence at the IT & Business conference in Stuttgart, Germany (October 26-28) and the Business Intelligence Info Days (November 11 in Filderstadt, November 24 in Dortmund, and December 9 in Vienna). According to the company, small businesses and midsize companies are interested in pragmatic innovations.

Nine of 10 customers are implementing Business Intelligence (BI) along with the SAP industry solution from All for One Midmarket, whereas most used to opt for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse. Customers most often choose the trio of SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI, SAP Crystal Dashboard Design, and SAP Crystal Reports. Incorporating these elements from the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio gives users direct online access to their ERP data.

During such implementations, All for One Midmarket attaches considerable importance to coordinating periodically required key figures and reports. The company plans to demonstrate approaches to solutions, other companies’ success stories, and how ad hoc queries can supplement standard reports.