In the Industry 4.0 area, Big Data is often both a curse and a blessing. The huge quantities of information are the necessary foundation for a high degree of automation, yet many systems are reaching their limits faced with the increasing tidal wave of data. An ERP solution for Industry 4.0 should be designed to overcome these challenges – right down to its core. This is why Asseco Solutions, an ERP provider for midsized companies, is currently giving the architecture of its ERPII solution APplus an extensive overhaul. As well as restructuring the basic architecture, the company is also introducing an interface framework that optimises the way business processes are distributed across systems. The company’s ambitious goal is to create a platform for Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT), a sort of “ERP 4.0”. Asseco will be presenting all the new features, along with a first prototype of its upcoming solution for the Industry 4.0 trend predictive maintenance, on stand F16 in Hall 5 at this year’s CeBIT, which takes place from 14 to 18 March in Hanover (Germany).
The ERP market, like many other sectors, is currently experiencing profound technological advancements. Huge trends such as Industry 4.0, cloud and mobility technology demand a high degree of innovation with intensive and elaborate research work from companies. However, only companies which can combine innovation with consistent financial stability will survive in this highly competitive market environment and be a reliable partner to their customers. In light of this, credit bureau Creditreform, in the framework of a recent company audit, attested that ERPII vendor Asseco Solutions has shown "flawless business practices up to now and a good forecast can be made for their further course of business" and awarded the Karlsruhe-based company the independent "CrefoCert" award in December 2014.
More than the sum of its parts: Together with nine partners, Asseco Solutions is introducing the wide world of the smart factory at CeBIT
The whole is often more than the sum of its parts. This is particularly true with the huge Industry 4.0 trend. Because only the networking of individual production components enables a higher degree of automation and efficiency. However, for efficient production processes, not only the machines and production systems must be able to communicate successfully with one another. The individual components of the underlying software solution must also be seamlessly integrated and coordinated with one another to make possible the smooth flow of smart processes in the first place. In light of this, Asseco Solutions will be presenting the "smart factory you can touch" together with nine partners at this year's CeBIT at Stand F16 in Hall 5. The new APplus solution, with the integration of many solution partners, offers all components companies need for modern production processes in Industry 4.0 style from a single source: From the central manufacturing execution system to specific detail planning to high-performance functions for quality assurance, mobility and business intelligence.
The smart factory trend is picking up speed. The automotive sector is a clear forerunner in this area, according to the "IT Innovation Readiness Index 2013"1 from analysts PAC. As early as 2013, this study states that 80 percent of the surveyed automotive suppliers were using intelligent production systems as a basis for Industry 4.0, which is more than twice as many as in machine and plant engineering. Asseco Solutions, the ERP specialist for mid-sized companies, will be presenting its new solution for the smart factory exclusively for CeBIT 2015 from March 16 - 20 in Hanover.
Our society has already seen three industrial revolutions and now the fourth seems imminent: “Industry 4.0” is the buzzword used to describe the increasing integration of production machines in networks and the growing communication between them. Companies are hoping to boost productivity and achieve greater profit margins, but many technical issues remain to be solved. How much autonomy do these interconnected machines really require? Which safety aspects need to be addressed? The Industry 4.0 Application Center at the University of Potsdam is dedicated to finding the answers by investigating procedures and processes in this area. In a move to reinforce its strategic commitment to exploring new technologies, Asseco Solutions, an ERPII specialist based in Karlsruhe and catering to small and medium-sized companies, is supporting this research.
How did the European software industry develop in 2013? Which companies managed to increase their turnover? Which of them suffered losses? The European private equity company Truffle Capital provides answers to these questions in its "Truffle 100 Europe" report. In what is now the ninth edition of the benchmark ranking, the independent venture capital firm has once again listed Europe's software groups with the highest turnover: For the second time in succession, the Asseco Group appears at sixth place in the top 100, and is thus establishing itself within the leading group of major European IT companies. The Group is the parent company of Asseco Solutions, the Karlsruhe-based ERPII provider for SMEs.
More and more production processes are being moved abroad at the moment; information networking is moving ahead and data is increasingly being provided online. Current technological progress in production is not only influencing processing procedures themselves, it is also affecting the requirements that users impose on certain functions of their ERP system. For companies, as a result, it is important to know how well a system can adapt to changed market conditions without having to intervene in the software itself. In its most recent comparative test, the Ulm-based software inspection company (GPS) concludes that the fully web-based ERPII solution, APplus, delivers "very good" performance when it comes to meeting these requirements. Consequently, it has been awarded with the "ERP Excellence 2014" certificate.
As part of the largest independent user study in Europe1, the team of experts from Trovarit AG reports for the seventh time on how satisfied users in Germany, Austria and Switzerland are with the ERP systems they currently have in use – with particularly positive results for the Asseco Solutions ERPII solution: customers awarded top marks for their satisfaction with APplus and voted the solution as regards user satisfaction "by far ahead" of comparatively established systems for SMEs.
Evolution, not revolution. From Asseco Solutions' perspective, this also applies for the future of ERP solutions, for which Gartner coined the term "postmodern ERP" in January this year in its published forecasts. Asseco Solutions will explain precisely what this evolution means for the future of ERP to interested visitors at its stand in Hall 4, No. D01 at the IT & Business 2014 from October 8 through 10, 2014 in Stuttgart.