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FIS Information Systems UK Limited

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FIS develop technologies that enhance the core functionality of SAP ERP (SAP ECC 6 and SAP S/4HANA). The technologies optimise business processes, automate manual tasks and improve data quality. Each FIS user becomes more productive as processes become more efficient – lowering the cost of business transactions.

“SMART” technologies are deeply integrated with SAP – working with existing SAP processes, accessing real-time data and without any modifications to SAP standard.

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HANA Platform – Hosting Infrastructure

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FIS-ASP provide SAP hosting and managed services facilities within a purpose-built, high-availability centre in Grafenrheinfeld, Germany. The data centre hosts SAP ERP and SAP Retail applications for more than 30,000 end-users. The FIS-ASP solution also supports SAP HANA in-memory technology.

In addition, FIS-ASP relies on SUSE OpenStack Cloud, a high-performance and inexpensive technology for the cloud-based SAP operation.

HANA – in memory technology

The HANA in-memory database provides a new pioneering technology to carry out analysis directly from the SAP Production system. It considerably increases the system performance for reporting and the processing of mass data enables new business avenues to be developed resulting in more informed business decisioning and planning.

FIS-ASP has recently extended the HANA pool by 1 terabyte SAP HANA high-end machine family with 80 cores each – one of the most powerful SAP HANA systems available today.

SAP HANA Certification

To expand its HANA knowledge and expertise, FIS-ASP had trained eight employees as “SAP Certified Technology Specialist – SAP HANA Installation” in March 2015. This certification was achieved  with  examinations at SAP, which provided the “graduate” the skills required for the installation of tailored SAP HANA systems as “SAP HANA Tailored Data Centre Integration” (TDI).

TDI reduces the costs of an SAP installation by re-using enterprise storages  by using them for new purposes.

“TDI enables us to reduce the hardware costs for HANA installations in the region of 30 percent”  states leader of the SAP Team 1 at FIS-ASP – Bernd Bätz. “This significant cost reduction is due to the fact that FIS-ASP can make individual SAP HANA installations and therefore no longer requires the pre-configured hardware from our IT server suppliers.”

SAP Fiori apps

FIS-ASP customers running their SAP and FIS applications  on HANA can also benefit from the full range of SAP Fiori apps. The apps can be flexibly adjusted to different terminals and mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

SUSE OpenStack Cloud as a core basis

The IaaS Computing (Infrastructure as a Service) proposition based on a recently optimised Cloud platform is the technology foundation for all FIS Cloud offers, such as HANA, Enterprise Warehouse Management and many others. Its core element is the Enterprise Distribution of SUSE OpenStack Cloud with the latest OpenStack Juno Release. It provides a cost-efficient, easier and quicker installation process and in addition – the reliable operation and control of IaaS Private Clouds and also Hybrid Cloud environments.

“It will become easier to standardise and consolidate all relevant SAP installations with a Linux Distribution” states Matthias Braun. FIS-ASP has been working for many years on the OpenStack project and its use in the enterprise environment. In spring 2013, a project was launched to check the possibilities of an SAP operation in the Linux-based Cloud. The SUSE OpenStack distribution most closely corresponds to the FIS requirements as a service provider and system integrator when it comes to IaaS Cloud Computing both in SAP and the non-SAP environment.

I addition, the SUSE OpenStack Cloud and OpenStack can also be used on VMWare and other methods for server virtualization. In August 2014, the update on SUSE OpenStack Cloud 4.0 was made and the update to version 5.0 will be made shortly. Based on this HANA-compliant infrastructure, FIS-ASP offers its customers the “proof-of-concept” option prior to their purchasing decision.

“In this way, the added value becomes clearer and easier to communicate to our clients. The benefits can be better illustrated by actually using the new SAP Fiori apps practically rather than theoretically” says Robert Schuhmann, managing director of FIS-ASP.

 

 

 

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New Platform for Returnable Equipment Tracking

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iRetPlat – Innovative Returnable Equipment Platform

iRetPlat is an innovative and scalable cross-organisation platform for recording bookings of returnable equipment such as pallets, trays, dolavs, and roll cages. The platform is designed specifically for booking and recording the location, stock and balances or returnable equipment whether they are at regional sites, customers, 3PL sites or “in transit”.

FIS iRetPlat brings together back-office systems (i.e. ERP, Accounts, Warehouse Management, and Food Traceability Systems), mobile workers, logistics teams, regional sites, equipment providers on a single shared platform.The cloud-based platform takes booking data directly from ERP and Accounts Systems and updates the equipment location and quantities in real-time, providing a single view for all platform users.

The platform is accessible from a PC or mobile device – an alternative to recording exchanges on paper or Excel. What makes the solution unique is that the platform is open to all partners – showing the returnable equipment asset category, the balance of quantities and their quantities.

No IT hardware is required, the platform is “cloud-based” and available 24/7 – with the capability of recording all transactions and exchanges in UK/Europe. iRetPlat encompasses high functionality and intuitive design based on cutting edge SAP Infrastructure.

 

 

Key Features

ERP, Back Office Data integration:

  • The solution includes tried and tested business integration tools – that maps the data output from back office systems onto the platform – making equipment bookings visible to all parties.
  • iRetPlat functions as a hosted enhancement for ERP/IT systems – providing additional functionality and reporting tools.
  • Supports RFID and GS1 standards such as EDI.

Productivity and Process Improvements

  • Significant improvement in the productivity of logistics teams as transactions are made automatically or via a simple app – rather than on paper or via (bespoke) Excel spreadsheets.
  • Comprehensive management of complex operations between sites, customers and equipment providers.
  • SMART device cameras can be used for recording broken equipment or quantity variants – supporting evidence in dispute management.
  • iRetPlat Fiori/Mobile app turns SMART devices into productive working tools.
  • Exceptional user experience with SAP’s intuitive Fiori app technology features.
  • Maximise equipment utilisation with managed inventory levels.
  • No re-keying or manual input of data.

Scalability

  • iRetPlat can be configured for all returnable equipment assets within an organisation. Additional customers, regional sites and partners added quickly and easily.
  • Cloud-based platform means that features can be managed and deployed for each logistics discipline including guest access for selected partners.
  • No IT infrastructure required – and fast “on-boarding”.
  • Subscription-based monthly payment model – no upfront licence or support costs.

Dispute Management Workflow

  • iRetPlat offers workflow and notification tools to provide selected guests with the option to agree (or dispute) equipment asset types, quantities with supporting evidence of conveyed with images – using SMART devices as productive tools.
  • Collaboration and notification functions with platform guests – an alternative to using email as a workflow tool.

Dashboard / Reporting Tools

  • Several Reporting Tools are available giving your organisation a single enterprise view of returnable equipment asset volumes, conditions and locations within the entire supply chain.
  • Furthermore the Excel formats for equipment stock, balances and transaction records can be tailored when necessary.
  • iRetPlat provides a single view of returnable equipment from multiple providers.
  • Real-time and instantaneous equipment availability checks
  • Tracking of returnable equipment quantities with time based reporting tools.
  • Instantaneous view of RTP stock levels for delivery planning.

FIS Information Systems – Constant Innovation

  • As one of SAP AG’s leading international partners, FIS have more than 100 specialist developers of SAP Fiori apps, SAP Standard (ABAP) and bespoke application development.
  • FIS are constantly improving the platform with new customer driven ideas and advanced features.
  • FIS also host the iRetPlat – proving a single point of support for your organisation.
  • FIS provide consultancy with industry experts within the disciplines of supply chain and logistics.
  • 24/7 availability
  • Administration and user training.
  • The platform is currently available in English and German languages.

 An alternative to:

“Traditional” paper or Excel spreadsheet records of RTP exchanges

Key Applications and Industries:

  • Food Production
  • Brewing Industry
  • Automotive Industry
  • Hazardous Chemicals
  • Palletised Products
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New Application Development Services

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The FIS SST application development team are only one hour ahead of the UK and have extensive programming expertise (SAP (ABAP), JAVA, Open Source and Microsoft .NET ) and have significantly lower day-rates for developers than UK contractors.

The team is now generally called upon on a flexible basis by many leading UK, Scandinavian and German organisations.

FIS Information Systems GmbH acquired the organisation in 2009 . The first projects were primarily with the further development of FIS SMART Technologies in the creation of web-based technologies – including SAP WebDynpro. Later the organisation created a number of customer-led technologies to assist FIS clients throughout Europe.

In particular, FIS SST develop bespoke technologies for organisations that wish to create applications that are customised for their specific requirements as an alternative to a standard software that would require extensive modifications.

Although projects involving partner (vendor and customer) portals and data consolidation are prevalent, the application development team proved to be highly creative and relatively inexpensive compared to UK or German developers.

Recently the FIS SST team have been asked to provide development resources for both software developers and systems integrators – the projects could involve SAP, ABAP and Fiori knowledge but this is not always the case.

Summary

A Software Application Development Service for Software Vendors, Systems Integrators and End-Users – who require additional resource or technical expertise in completing a new or defined project within budgets and timescales.

Also for:

  • Organisations who require additional resource in completing defined projects but require specialist expertise or additional resources for completion
  • Organisations in UK, Germany or Scandinavia who wish to look at an alternative to employing contractors and complete a software development with lower labour costs
  • Organisations who wish to outsource a large proportion of IT application development to a “Nearshore” partner
  • Organisations who wish to move away from legacy application development tools and future-proof new applications by working with an innovative and economic development partner

An alternative to:

  • Development projects that are missing deadlines and running over-budget
  • Expensive local contractors with limited development capabilities
  • Long timescales for application completion with current in-house resources

Key technology competencies:

  • Agile 
  • ABAP – SAP 
  • JAVA 
  • Open Source Technology
  • Microsoft .NET 
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SAP – Business Process Optimisation

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FIS develop a comprehensive range of SAP enhancement technologies – deeply integrated add-ons to SAP ERP standard (SAP ECC or SAP S/4HANA). The “SMART” technologies create additional functionality to optimise business processes in SAP enabling financial savings and providing more effective tools for SAP users. FIS SMART technologies use the same data as SAP ERP.

The SMART applications may work in the same SAP ERP server environment but with no modifications to SAP standard. Working in this way, the users work in a familiar SAP GUI but with additional transactions and simplified processes. SMART products may also view the data via other UXs such as Web Dynpro or Fiori mobile apps.

The creation of additional FIS transactions to tune processes as well as being able to seamlessly interweave and switch between the FIS environment and standard SAP functions.

FIS work intensively with our customers to create shorter processing methods within SMART products, however the normal SAP transactions are still available and may form part of the new methodology.

SMART Technologies Short Summary:

FIS/fci 
A technology that automatically reads the content of documents such as invoices, sales orders, vendor statements, customer remittance advice notes – via email or from a scanned image. FIS/fci incorporates “free-form recognition” technology, multiple-OCR technologies and an intelligent knowledge database – to read invoice data automatically from day-one saving manual data entry effort.

FIS/edc (invoice monitor) 
An SAP add-on technology utilised to automate first time match rates and workflow routing of invoices with approval screens via Web Dynpro or Fiori apps. No modifications to SAP standard are required. FIS/edc (invoice monitor) works with live real-time SAP data.

FIS/edc (statement monitor) 
Technology utilised to automate the comparison of incoming statements (from vendors or customers) with balances on SAP ERP. The monitor reduces the number of documents reviewed by the accounts team – highlighting “exceptions” compared to SAP ERP data.

FIS/edc (sales order monitor) 
Converts an inbound customer order into an SAP sales order with or without a reference (e.g. quotation). The supply chain process such as order confirmation, shipping notification, goods issue and billing documents can be triggered immediately.  Customer orders that do not pass the “plausibility checks” successfully are highlighted and post-processed in the monitor.  

  • Automatic posting of customer orders (OCR or EDI data records)
  • Overview of all purchase orders received
  • OCR image or EDI data visualisation as PDF form
  • Full integration in SAP with all order processing functionalities
  • Quick error analysis with intelligent message log
  • Direct communication due to integrated email system
  • Post-processing option in the split screen display with direct access to scanned and archived customer orders.

FIS/edc (document monitor)
In the document monitor, any kind of scanned and archived documents can be manually and automatically assigned to an SAP object (e.g. vendor, purchase order or invoice). The document monitor can be installed as an additional module to FIS/edc or as an individual solution.

  • Any kind of documents may be scanned, archived and assigned to SAP object types in electronic form (both manually and automatically)
  • Enables multiple assignments to several and/or different SAP objects
  • Fully integrated in SAP ERP
  • Integration of any kind of email systems for transfer or information is possible

FIS/edc (order confirmation monitor)
The order confirmation monitor is used for automatic posting of order confirmations in SAP. Data is imported via the SAP standard IDoc interface If errors occur during the tolerance check within the inbound processing, these documents can be easily selected and post-processed.

  • Order confirmations can be imported into the SAP system via EDI or OCR
  • Automatic matching with purchase order items according to customising rules
  • Visualization of EDI data as a pdf form with automatic archiving
  • Easy selection of confirmations outside tolerances
  • Clear worklist structure with visual traffic light control
  • Efficient correction tools in the split screen display with direct access to archived documents
  • Filter for quickly processing tolerance-exceeding confirmation items
  • Automatic and manual matching in the post-processing of new purchase order items
  • Direct correction options of quantity and value fields; all information concerning purchase order items is displayed
  • Email sending to employees or vendors with mail attachment from archive

 

Fiori apps
 FIS are on of Europeans leading developers of mobile apps. As an example, Fiori apps for approvers and reporting apps for FIS/edc (invoice monitor). The apps are ideal for approvers “on the move” and for executive decisoning on invoices.

FIS/mpm
 Simplified SAP centred application utilised by all employees tasked with master data maintenance of materials, price and conditions, vendors, customers, bill of materials with built in duplication checks and defined roles for initiators and master data custodians.

FIS/cash
 Unique in-store cash register solution with configurable display and real-time access to SAP data.

FIS/eSales
 Internet shopping solution with Web interface into SAP  – versions for businesses, consumers and mobile.

FIS/xee
 EDI and electronic data exchange between SAP, internal systems, and import/export with external suppliers and customers.

 

 

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FIS Information Systems UK

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FIS Information Systems UK Limited (FIS UK) is the UK subsidiary of FIS Informationssysteme und Consulting GmbH. FIS UK was formed in 2009 and have expertise predominantly in the business process automation solutions (ie. technologies that are deeply integrated with SAP ERP) such as FIS/edc (invoice monitor) and FIS/mpm (master data and price management). 

The FIS Group is one of the fastest growing IT consultancies in Europe with a dedicated workforce of 660 (as of September 2017) including more than 100 SAP consultants, 70 SAP (ABAP) Developers and 40 Web Application Developers. FIS is an established VAR partner of SAP AG with “Gold-Partner” status.  FIS is one of the few consulting companies with DIN EN ISO 9001 certified.

FIS Business Process Automation Solutions are designed to reduce manual – tasks taking the cost out of processes within SAP standard. We assist organisations with SAP to increase their capacity and reduce operating costs by introducing additional technologies or “add-on” solutions to SAP. Processes are digitised where possible and employees become more productive. FIS understands that processes in one area of your business are inter-connected with others – providing an holistic approach.

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FIS Information Systems GmbH have headquarters in Germany (Grafenrheinfeld) and also have regional offices near Stuttgart and Frankfurt. The organisation is focused in provide technologies and expertise for the SAP community. More than an SAP VAR, FIS provide consultancy and services for SAP implementations as well as more than 100 technologies that work in harmony with SAP to provide further functionality and assist in providing business process improvements.

FIS also develop specialist applications within the FIS/wws suite of technologies that works with SAP standard but is industry specific.

Typical industries include:

  • HVACR (sanitary, heating, air conditioning)
  • Paints and interior decoration 
  • Electrical Parts and Accessories
  • Building Materials and Plumbing
  • Tools, Screws and Fastening
  • Medical Devices and Laboratory Equipment
  • Steel and Metal Wholesalers
  • Automotive Manufacturers and Components
  • Mechanical and Plant Engineering
  • Plastics, Metal and Electronic Components

FIS SMART Technologies complement and enhance SAP standard software providing business process improvements. The technologies are engineered to within operate within SAP ERP and reference real-time SAP data without the need for any SAP standard modifications.  Organisations with FIS SMART technologies enjoy financial savings as processes are made more efficient and effective with reduced human intervention. The technologies utilise other standard SAP UX’s such as SAP Fiori apps and Web Dynpro creating new views of the data and simplified methods of user engagement.

FIS-ASP is an expert partner for hosting secure SAP ERP infrastructure and services. The organisation has state-of-the-art data centres for clients with SAP ERP as well as complementary IT applications (including FIS/wws). FIS-ASP services include:

  • Technical Consulting
  • Analytics
  • Maintenance of Operating Systems and Databases
  • Execution of Technical Release Upgrades
  • SAP Archiving of Data and Documents
  • Non-SAP Services (i.e. Email and MS Applications)

FIS-ASP specialists support clients from the initial business analysis and planning to the implementation of your infrastructure systems. FIS-ASP saves organisations with SAP hardware, software and specialist labour costs.

FIS SST (based in Gliwice, Poland) is focused on providing high value and cost effective new application development services. The organisation was acquired in 2009 by FIS GmbH to provide specialist application development in web-based technologies. FIS SST are largely focused on the creation of new enterprise applications developed in JAVA, Microsoft.NET and Open-source technologies.

 

Medienwerft GmbH is one of the most experienced digital agencies providing eBranding and eMarketing. Medienwerft were acquired by FIS Group in 2016, providing skills and expertise as a certified SAP Hybris partner. Medienwerft implements sophisticated eCommerce and omni-Commerce projects for clients such as Adler and Volkswagen. Medienwerft ensures the integration of brand values and brand image in all communication channels used, including social media creating long-term customer relationships and guaranteeing sustainable income streams as well as new client recruitment.

With their SAP Hybris expertise and specialist consultancy services, Medienwerft complements the FIS existing product range. Both organisations have expertise in the complete SAP Customer Engagement & Commerce range uniquely providing clients with solutions across the entire process chain from marketing, through sales and support from a single organisation.