Prof. Dr.-Ing. Norbert Gronau, who is professor of business information systems at the University of Potsdam and scientific director of the university’s Center for Enterprise Research, explained the reasons for the jury’s decision during the prize-giving ceremony at the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel’s conference centre. “I would actually designate this category as the key one in this year’s competition (…) Asseco Solutions has recognised the importance of business model innovation driven by digitalisation and has extended its reach beyond its own customers (…) The jury found that this, and the 782.9 points it garnered, was a worthy reason for giving it the award.”
“At Asseco, we see our main mission as providing our customers with the ability to maintain or further extend their competitive advantage in the global market by using our ERPII solution APplus,” notes Carl-Heinz Gödde, Vice President Sales at Asseco Solutions AG. “Achieving this with digital transformation has become one of our main driving forces. We aim to provide companies with advantages that don’t only benefit our customers but their customers too. That’s why we’re delighted to have won first prize in the Driver for Digitalisation category, awarded by a ten-person specialist jury.”
Judging Asseco Solutions’ digitalisation concept, the Center for Enterprise Research jury awarded 152 out of a possible total of 190 points to the customer benefit aspect alone. It also found that the technology and ergonomics of APplus were among its strong points. The ERP experts particularly praised the solution’s modern architecture and very good shop floor connectivity. To decide on the ERP system of the year, the jury analyses all the contenders based on seven criteria: deployment methodology; concrete customer benefits; ergonomics; scope of technology and integration; suitability for the industrial sector with specific functions; customer communications, sales and marketing; and research and development.
“This prize really means a lot to us because it relates to the future in particular – achieving business success in the digital economy – as well as to the present,” explains Holger Nawratil, member of the board at Asseco Solutions. “In fact, the prize has not only been awarded to us, but to all the courageous companies starting out on the digitalisation route with new ideas, processes and business models. We feel very honoured to have won the prize in the “ERP as a Driver for Digitalisation” category. The jury is actually awarding it to our comprehensive approach to digitalisation. This clearly includes our ERP system but also our extensive advisory services, which are available from the concept stage through to the implementation of digital business models as well as support and ongoing developments. This is the fifth ERP System of the Year accolade for our solution but definitely the most important for us so far, given the significance of digital transformation for enterprises today.”
ERP architecture for digital business models
With its flexible and scalable underlying architecture, the APplus ERPII solution is rigorously aligned with companies’ digitalisation requirements. It is already capable of managing the enormous volumes of data in the digital enterprise and ensuring a high level of efficiency in everyday business activities. However, business processes do not stop once they reach an ERP solution. They can only be automated if they are supported across all systems and enterprise-wide. The solution’s Business Integration Framework enables users to connect third-party systems to APplus without programming and to integrate all specialised applications into the overall process.In this way, APplus creates the required conditions for its use as a central information hub, even in highly connected smart factory environments. It provides complementary products such as SCS, Asseco Solutions’ dedicated Industry 4.0 product. This can be run as a standalone solution or seamlessly integrated with APplus. SCS allows users to connect machines and production lines to the cloud, even if these systems were not originally designed to be “smart”, and to collect and analyse the operating data they produce. This also benefits machine builders by enabling them to extend the range of services they offer with their systems. They can include everything from predictive maintenance processes and smart information services for end customers, through to configuration recommendations based on big data analyses. With innovative services like, these, companies are able to expand their own business model and optimise it for the future.