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July 25, 2014 / Gero

Blending calculation in SAP with itelligence’s blending AddOn – Part 1


Will it blend? Admittedly, a Google search for an answer to this question brings to light rather input for lunch break at your desk than serious information for businesses with melting and casting processes. Nevertheless, it is exactly the question that arises several times a day in each and every foundry. The less so, managers think about which contribution an ERP system can provide to this crucial but often shabby-treated (at least from an IT point of view) process step. The blending add-on brings together what belongs together and integrates melting and casting processes in their natural surrounding: the complete production process.

Seamless: Melting and casting in SAP

In many areas of the metals industry, SAP solutions have established as the state of the art. Just as any other businesses, foundries focus on integrated business processes with SAP and accept one of their crucial process steps – the blending calculation – to be carried out in an isolated application far from the main ERP system for lack of a complete and integrated software solution. Read more…

July 23, 2014 / wolfgangmoeller

SAP Automotive Forum – 2. Place in UX Contest for VC/Analytics

Automotive Forum - Award

SAP organized a User Experience (UX) contest for SAP partners on the annual SAP Automotive Forum in Leipzig, Germany. This competition was more than aesthetics and user-friendly operation. The applications provide automotive companies a significant added value. Wolfgang Moeller, Global Director Discrete Industries and Automotive at itelligence presented in the name of NTT DATA our solution VC/Analytics, which was funded by NTT DATA R&D fund.

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July 23, 2014 / wolfgangmoeller

SAP Automotive Forum – NTT DATA Germany and itelligence represents One Global NTT DATA

But this year was a bit special, it was the first time that we are collaborating with NTT DATA Germany and exhibit together at one booth. Our slogan was NTT DATA – we fuel your success. The event was a good opportunity to represent us a group. Customers from Europe, Americas and even Japan participate in the event. In many talks at our we could explain our portfolio. We also had a presence on stage with a customer presentation of Britehouse (car dealer implementation), host guiding tours about SAP HANA and Smart Business and also participate successfully in a UX competition (see separate blog). Here some impressions of the event and our stand.

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July 17, 2014 / Mario Luetkebohle

C-SCM and Multi-agent Systems

The idea of ​​this solution is not new. It’s actually pretty old. In literature, the technical design of this method can be found in publications from the year 2006. Again and again, however, research advises that it is currently not feasible for reasons of performance. This opinion seemed like a good reason to try implementing it with HANA.

So for us, it was primarily a question of determining whether a process that to date, for performance reasons, was either infeasible or only had a very limited level of feasibility, could be brought into the realm of feasibility with HANA.

As far as I can see, the evidence shows that we have succeeded.

What’s it all about?

Imagine the following scenario. A Partner A gets a rush order and in his turn passed out rush jobs to two of its 1st-tier suppliers with the request for appropriate delivery promises. These 1st-tier suppliers in their turn contact their suppliers to order various purchased parts or raw materials and for their own planning, they in turn request delivery promises. Read more…

July 9, 2014 / Mario Luetkebohle

Do we need HANA?! – Part 2


The repertoire of HANA of course includes not only prognostic procedures of all kinds, but also very tangible analyses. Thus, an existing order backlog can be analysed in terms of procurement and production requirements and can incorporate far more data than was previously possible. Various variants for procurement and production can be calculated and optimized in no time. If necessary, external data sources can be included and the complete supply chain involved in accordance with the technical possibilities.

Certainly it will take a lot of time and brain-power before we make the somewhat airy HANA construction into an attractively furnished dwelling, but there are still some nice individual pieces around to admire and there are constantly more being created.

Currently, the topics of “predictive analysis” and “cloud” are very massive linked with the hope of greater transparency and a significantly increased hit rate in prognostic methods. These expectations can be met only to the extent to which these models are ever able to map future realities, at least in a reasonable approximation. Read more…

July 3, 2014 / Mario Luetkebohle

Do we need HANA?! – Part 1


When I hint at my profession to my circle of friends and acquaintances at barbecues or other festivities, I can essentially take it as read that I will be immediately become a lightning rod for all “SAP-damaged” listeners.

Of course I take the time to listen to them and of course it is not actually the evil and complicated SAP system that is annoying them, but the most confusing swarm of interconnected processes and procedures, with which one wants to become the lord and master of the increasingly complex world outside. On the list of potential scapegoats for everything that goes wrong “IT” has always been far and away the preferred choice. That will probably always be the case.

For new and intensively advertised technologies, I hear another classic “Well, do you have another solution looking for a problem?” The more quickly this question is raised, the more important it is to address the underlying question. What specific problem is this solution actually designed to solve?

Unless there is a good answer to this question, then the aforementioned colleague has a very fair point. In the case of HANA technology, what response can be given at this point in time and what answers could be added later? Read more…

June 27, 2014 / danielvossems

The 7-point plan for a successful introduction to industry 4.0 with ECM

In industry, efficient processes are very important for a company’s success. Often, the efficiency of the processes can even decide whether or not companies can prevail against the competition. From my experience as a consultant, it is particularly important to ensure the continuity of all corporate processes even across different platforms and devices – especially when you see how quickly we work and how our access to corporate data is becoming increasingly mobile.

We are only just becoming aware of the new production possibilities being offered to us by the so-called industry 4.0 revolution. In my view, this makes good preparation all the more important. Here I have created a short guide with practical advice on what to look for when undertaking ECM projects in conjunction with industry-4.0-processes. These points can only be a first indication of the structure of their project. Read more…


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