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Connecting suppliers to the in-house ERP system

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“The application of inubit BPM enables us to further improve internal workflows and to design more efficient processes.”

Markus Friedrich, Managing Director

Requirements

For more than 300 suppliers, an electronic exchange of data and documents was to be established:

  • Introduction of a standard software that integrates the variety of systems and data formats
  • Orders, invoices, and dispatch notifications were to be exchanged from system to system rather than by telephone, fax, or mail

Approach

The concrete realization of the project was done with the Professional Edition of inubit BPM. It allows processing of incoming integration tasks in parallel bypreconfigured workflows:

  • Connection of the ERP system via a BaaN specific export-interface with inubit BPM
  • Connection of various suppliers via EDIFACT and openTRANS
  • In the line with the later migration to SAP R/3: changeover from the previous BaaN-interface to the SAP-interface

Results Achieved

After initial support by the Bosch Software Innovations staff, the IT team of the Fliesen-Zentrum was able to conduct the connection of the suppliers on its own:

  • EDI data as well as XML based data formats and messages such as BMEcat and openTRANS can be exchanged
  • Already existing interfaces can be displayed in a single tool. This makes service and maintenance more concise and easy.
  • Additional automation of internal business processes
  • Built-up of an online portal for electronic order processing