Digitization enables new ways of dealing with existing businesses and creates totally new business models and markets with velocity. Existing businesses and business models are increasingly theatened by new competitors. Businesses need to transform digitally consequently to be successful in the future. A pragmatic „Digital Strategy“ is needed. Information technology (IT) is playing a leading role here, in safeguarding existing business with the help of a „Digital Update“ and in proving new business models for the future, by venturing the „Digital New“. Have you already laid the foundations for the digital change? Are you „Digital Ready?“
The IT needs to answer important questions: What do we run on our own, what do we consume from the Cloud? Are we innovation leaders in our company and what contribution do we deliver for the overall productivity? „Digital Infrastructure“ helps the IT to become the pacemaker of the Digitalen Transformation.
We help you to understand the challenges of the digitization and jointly develop strategies for a succesful future. Our technology experts support you with the implementation and make sure that strategies do lead to results. Our consultants accompany your cultural change and will show you how to embed new ways and ideas in your company – only when you act in one concert the „Digital Change“ will be sustainable and successful.
»fme was a great help to us in developing and carrying out an innovation workshop that allowed us to bring greater structure to our ideas and the available options regarding a new business model. During the workshop, we brainstormed and worked to further hone our vision, leaving us in the end with a clearly defined roadmap. fme did an excellent job in flexibly responding to our needs over the course of the workshop. Never once did we lose track of the ultimate goal at hand. The workshop followed a detailed plan, with great and useful flipcharts and pin boards to round it off.«
(Christian Decker, CEO KLOECKNER DESMA Schuhmaschinen GmbH)
We help you to optimally deploy the technologies you are currently using within existing business models. The aim here is to put your business on solid foundations and push its digitization.
Only after completing step one, we move on to step two. Here we examine your existing business models, in order to raise your digital transformation to the next level, while working with you to develop future-proof business and technology strategies.
In both phases we help you to ensure the success of the derived measures by combining latest consulting techniques with project and program management. Our expertise in life sciences and industrial manufacturing means that we speak your language and grasp the challenges you face.
We present our ideas how to improve your competitive power
We help you to identify projects that could be optimized by IT: Return on Investment considerations, process mapping and –analysis, process optimization through information technology. We govern your IT projects: Program- & Project Management
We create the conditions for a smooth and a high quality implementation of IT systems: requirements specification, functional specification, interface design, ergonomics
We implement your IT projects based on high quality and include our nearshore development center in Romania for cost efficiency
We ensure the successful rollout of your IT projects
We run your IT solutions cost efficiently and reliably, if you like with our nearshore development center in Romania
… share the same values!
Enterprise Content Management (ECM) contains all of the technologies you need to capture, manage, save, maintain, and deploy your content and data. It also expressly includes popular technologies such as input management, document management, collaboration, Web content management, workflow, business process management, output management, storage, and electronic archiving. At the same time, ECM goes above and beyond these technologies.
We provide platform-independent support to ensure a successful design process, flawless rollout, and efficient usage. Of course, we take all relevant factors such as company strategy, corporate culture, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability into account along the way. We take special care to find the platform best suited to your specific requirements, whether it means using the market leader’s product or an open source solution. Together, we’ll find the perfect match!
Alfresco is the leading Open Source platform for Enterprise Content Management, offering a fully-fledged and very user-friendly alternative to the established proprietary platforms.
Alfresco’s strengths, apart from low license costs, are its modern system architecture, its straight-easy employment and its use of well-known and widely used Open Source components. Alfresco extends conventional ECM functionality by a number of highly interesting approaches, functions and interfaces derived from the Open Source community. Different versions are respectively geared towards the small- or medium-sized company (small business) and the international corporation (enterprise). Organize and optimize the business processes of your organization with Alfresco. Alfresco may easily be integrated with your corporate portals. The fme products migration-center and docspread are also easily ported to the Alfresco environment.
If you are you considering an Open Source ECM, talk to us!
The fme File Exchange Platform is a complete solution to exchange files with internal users or external collaborators. It features an interface that is clean and easy to use. Users can create file collections, upload documents and invite other to access or update these file collections. Email notifications ensure that everyone stays current with updates to the files.
The fme SmartViews Module is a solution to create web views of the documents that are stored in Alfresco. It provides the user with a grid based webpage designer that allows creating web pages from components such as html content, images, list of files, videos and more. The content is stored in the Alfresco repository and, besides a presentation as website, can also be browsed using a facetted search engine. This allows a filtering of the content by meta data and refining the search successively.
The Site Discussions Dashlets allows social style discussions like Facebook or Yammer within a Share Collaboration Site including embedded previews of external & internal links and documents.
“We were looking for ways to bring more interaction to our Alfresco Intranet. The discussion dashlet does exactly that. Topics that are important to our staff can now be shared and discussed directly on the intranet homepage (or any other site dashboard). The dashlet is intuitive, looking good and can be configured to fit our needs. Thank you FME!” (Gert Hooijer, Movisie)
fme’s Alfresco team is a well-known contributor to the Alfresco Community and project-owner of three of the top5 Alfresco modules in Alfresco’s addons portal. Our extension modules are mostly available as Open Source, so each of our clients benefits if anyone sponsors the development of new features or upgrades to new Alfresco versions and our Alfresco team members are high skilled developers and have gained deep knowledge about best practices that we’ve established in our projects and award winning modules.
With OpenText Documentum OpenText provides one of the most comprehensive and highly-integrated Enterprise Content Management platforms. OpenTexts powerful suite covers the entire information life-cycle, starting when the information is captured or created all the way through its archival and eventually disposal. During the life of a document the ECM technologies empower user to collaborate, manage access, distribute and control information securely in various ways.
Especially when facing huge amounts of data, extended security requirements and the need to integrate existing systems/processes, customers will benefit from the highly advanced capabilities of the Opentext Documentum Suite. fme AG has been a partner for Documentum since 1998 and gained tremendous experience in hundreds of projects. We look forward to your challenge!
SharePoint can be used for many different purposes. The areas of application are broad and diverse – from accessing current project results for distributed teams to accessing applicable working instructions in day-to-day business, right through to providing employees with quick information on any specific issues in the workflow.
fme is familiar with the in’s and out’s of all SharePoint features and specializes in the areas of collaboration, portals, and enterprise content management.
A clear strategy and a roadmap derived from that strategy are essential in order to successfully introduce and use SharePoint – as well as any other IT system – as a portal and collaboration platform to achieve optimal support of workflows and use the relevant potential. We work together with you to develop strategies that we use to pave the way for successful implementation.
SharePoint Enterprise Content Management Strategy
We have over 15 years of experience in enterprise content management (ECM) and can provide you with comprehensive advice when it comes to compiling, processing, providing, and archiving business-critical information – frequently as documents. In connection with SharePoint, it is possible to pursue a SharePoint-based ECM strategy or integrate existing ECM or archive systems.
fme products and solutions as well as those from third parties extend the standard version of SharePoint to include high-quality EMC functions such as document and file management, Office and e-mail integration, electronic workflows, and secure document archiving. Solutions built on this basis help quickly resolve professional challenges with a high level of quality.
SharePoint Collaboration Strategy
A clear definition of collaboration services is difficult, as collaboration is an integral part of everyday work. That’s why it is even more important to develop a clear collaboration strategy that clearly structures the corresponding subject areas and services and makes it possible to manage the broad range of functional areas.
Developing this strategy is primarily based on the following steps:
We provide you with support in developing your strategy and ensuring that the resources available are used effectively and are in line with the strategy for achieving your objectives.
SharePoint Social Collaboration Strategy
Social media is a fact of life for many employees – and not just younger generations. As such, it makes sense to adapt company processes to the natural communication behavior of employees in order to simplify communication and the exchange of information.
It is possible to use Microsoft SharePoint to integrate social media into your company process without incurring high costs.
SharePoint Design, Usability, and Software Ergonomics
A high level of user acceptance is a key factor in successfully introducing and using SharePoint. However, it is only possible to achieve a high level of user acceptance by keeping track of aspects such as ergonomics and design during development.
SharePoint offers many functions and options that can only be taken advantage of when they are easy to view and understand and the user interface is visually appealing to users.
We have further developed our SharePoint products and services in a targeted manner over many years and in a large number of customer projects. Today, thousands of SharePoint users benefit daily from our approach: SharePoint with ergonomics and design. Find out more about our products and services and benefit from a high level of user satisfaction along with all of the features and options that SharePoint enables.
When your company starts using different systems in parallel, you will want to link the systems with one another sooner or later. We have developed integration and migration solutions to conveniently link data with Microsoft SharePoint.
Get in touch with us – we look forward to your challenge!
In terms of SharePoint, we have developed solutions for various different scenarios and business cases and implemented them in many customer projects. We can tailor these solutions to the needs of your company on request.
SharePoint Intranet and Portals
Individually designed portal websites provide the connection between your employees and relevant information, specialist expertise, and different applications. Microsoft SharePoint makes it easier to create and maintain portal websites for all aspects of the company and offers employees innovative methods to share their work, as well as work together with others, organize projects and teams, and find people and information.
Most companies nowadays no longer question the fact that an SAP system is essential for the support their vital business processes. However, the subject of enterprise content management (ECM) – the management of information and documents within business workflows – is still a relatively low priority for many companies. The readiness to invest in the SAP sector often wins out over investments in a dedicated ECM system, which means valuable company information may be ‘snoozing’ in a file system or in paper records. There is another, more obvious question: Would it not make sense to combine SAP and ECM? The answer is clear to both renowned analysts as well as our own customers: YES!
Working on the basis of more than 15 years’ experience with ECM, we can show you how you can constructively link the business processes mapped in your SAP system with the corresponding documents, manage them efficiently, and archive content for legal compliance.
Many companies use SAP systems as the central application for supporting business processes, therefore making it necessary to archive data and documents generated in SAP systems. Sustainability, scalability, upgradeability, and cost requirements are of key importance and should be implemented with an archiving solution.
The KGS ContentServer4Storage solution from our partner KGS is a unique archiving solution specifically developed to satisfy the requirements of SAP archiving and cope with the highest performance requirements. It integrates itself seamlessly into the SAP Standard system via the SAP ArchiveLink interface and eliminates costly rollouts of client components.
Quickfacts & Benefits
Please contact us – we look forward to accepting your specific challenge!
Switching over to a new archive system often poses a huge challenge for companies. Many accept ever-increasing license costs or obsolete products with limited performance in order to avoid time-consuming and costly migrations. A simple migration solution helps replace existing SAP archive systems in a quick, secure, and controlled manner.
Feel free to contact us. We look forward to your hearing from you!
Virtually every company possesses large volumes of data from various sources. Companies often organize this data using many different applications, technologies, and software solutions. When companies implement a system change or upgrade, they need to migrate their data and content to keep this information from getting lost and ensure that it can be used in a simpler, more effective way. However, without the right tools and processes, the costs of such a migration can easily exceed the actual hardware and software costs.
Thanks to our decades of experience in migration and upgrades, we can develop best-practice tools and methods to significantly reduce your project costs. For example, you can turn to our certified migration-center to handle highly automated migration for large volumes of data.
Switch to a new ECM client, e.g. from Documentum Webtop to Documentum D2 or xCP, from legacy applications to Docu- mentum, SharePoint or Alfresco clients, etc.
Content & Data Migrations
Migrate content and data from source to target systems, e.g. from file systems, database, ECM system etc. to file system, ECM system, box etc.
Consolidate several ECM repositories into a central one to maintain critical documents with safety, consistency and regulatory compliance and reduce maintenance costs.
ECM Version Upgrades
Upgrade to a new version of your existing ECM system with little or no downtime and optionally take the chance to clean up or restructure your repository.
After you have decided to implement an ECM system or to switch to a new ECM platform, the question is: How to get the existing content into the new system?
Content Migration for Life Science
The life science industry is challenged with legal and regulatory guidelines for their ECM systems. A migration project needs to be planned carefully and with a deep knowledge for the corresponding processes.
Do you want to switch the underlying database of your ECM system? Do you suspect your web application could be used more effectively? Or do your end users complain about poor performance of your ECM system?
Do you have a migration or upgrade project scheduled? Is your project success endangered? Then bring in our Migration & Upgrade Task Force. Our migration experts are available for support.
… get all the information you need from one another!
Our fme BI framework provides you with valuable 360° views of your corporate data. Our clients rely on our experienced Business Intelligence (BI) consultants for their business needs, from data integration, planning, and analysis and reporting solutions to the implementation of visualization standards. In doing so they specifically benefit from our mature industry knowledge in the life sciences and manufacturing industries.
Make better decisions based on all relevant company data and figures.
…as Corporate Communication Manager
…as Human Resource Manager
… work well with one another!
Collaborate on projects with various people, teams, and groups online to optimize your communication potential. Collaboration systems facilitate the internal and external exchange of knowledge in companies. There are brand new ways to work together, exchange information, and organize projects.
Some 70 percent of a company’s operating costs are employee costs. The next step in the move toward digitalization begins here. It improves collaboration between colleagues, partners, and customers.
Social business collaboration makes a significant contribution by freeing up hidden resources and opportunities for your company, thereby leading to excellent results.
… create an ideal basis!
New business models which are geared toward digital customers are driven by vast amounts of information. These models have to be highly scalable and capable of being readily adapted within an agile process. Cloud-based software platforms are the best option available to meet this need. In combination with Big Data tools and/or IoT technologies, they often serve as key pillars in a digital transformation strategy. These platforms can be quickly deployed in a cloud-based environment, and are easily scalable in case of positive market reactions. We look forward to your challenge!
Build an essential pillar for digital transformation with cloud-based software platforms, Big Data tools and IoT technologies.
A company’s change from solely being a product manufacturer to also becoming a service provider is a potential application of digital transformation. In order to provide services aimed at both individuals and target groups, companies need to collect user-, application-, and product-driven data from the real world as a basis, then submit this data to further analytic processing.
Companies can now bridge the gap between the real world and the digital world using the mechanisms and principles of the Internet of Things (IoT) or the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT or Industry 4.0). Standardized device networking and individual opportunities for interaction are now available for a wide range of uses – they open up new possibilities and expand fields of business.
We help you develop an IoT solution tailored to your company, quickly achieve tangible results, and continue to use an infrastructure that remains manageable over the long term. Take advantage of our hands-on IoT consulting and development services – use them as a starting point to meet your business requirements for becoming a service provider. Get in touch!
… completely engage with one another!
Configurable clients and predefined architectures generally provide a means for developing applications both rapidly and at low cost. However, there are many use cases where this approach does not work. Some scenarios are just not accommodated by any existing standard software, or the effort of meeting the requirements is simply too great. And when it comes to performance, design, and usability, the capabilities do not always satisfy the users’ needs.
What should you do if nothing on the rack will fit? This is where the customized solutions from fme enter the stage.
The more complex your business processes, the bigger the potential benefits you can derive from investing in customized software:
We have been developing customized customer solutions for 25 years. Here is a shot abstract of current customer projects
The Journey from Use Case through to Live Application
The very first step is to perform a comprehensive analysis to ensure that the final solution meets all expectations. Joint workshops are held to identify the use cases, derive the corresponding specialist requirements, and document our findings in the specification. The results serve as the basis for formulating a solution concept, in close cooperation with the IT department and software architects, that describes the technical implementation.
The software is developed according to strict quality criteria, and the process is safeguarded using automated and manual tests. We produce transparent results and can react instantly to new or altered requirements, thanks to using the agile SCRUM development method. We are also happy to provide installation support in your system landscape and assist users in getting familiar with the new software. Our experts even support your project communication effort to ensure the overall success of the project.
Design & Usability
Design and usability are key factors that determine how well an application is accepted and how efficiently it can be used. If required, we include a local design agency in the process as early as the design stage. User acceptance tests carried out during the development stage ensure that the concept is effective.
We employ the latest technologies and standards available for programming languages, frameworks, and architectures. We make design decisions in consultation with your software architects to ensure the solution turns out a perfect fit. The use of established open source code and commercial libraries speeds up the development process and allows us to craft business applications that meet your high expectations.
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In times of enormous cost pressure, modern software systems help to analyze and then minimize costs, but at the same time development of and support for new applications is a signifi cant block of costs which is always causing headaches for the decision makers. The major task is to reduce the two most important factors time and money so that the software project can be implemented fast and at low cost. The solution: Minimize your initial project costs, shorten project runtimes and lower your operating costs permanently – include experts of our nearshore team in Romania!
Is shortage of skilled labor also one of your concerns? Since July 2005 our 100% subsidiary company fme SRL, a nearshore center in Cluj/Romania, offers you their expert services. The highly qualifi ed and also German speaking team members do not only support us with our internal product development but also work together with us in our customer projects around the world. With our nearshore center we are offering you a budget-friendly way for your individual software development. Our experienced nearshore model ensures high quality even in complex projects.
We have been developing customized customer solutions for 25 years. Learn more about our fully proprietary developments:
… move things together!
It is becoming critically important for companies to be flexible and react to external changes quickly, especially in times of rapidly spreading digitization. A successful culture change significantly depends on your employees. Whether you succeed or fail ultimately comes down to your team’s readiness to take on change.
Our fme Communication Services team provides the link between technology and people. We are your point of contact when it comes to IT communications and consulting and human change management. With our expertise, we are there to assist and support you with appropriate communication measures – from analysis and planning to its implementation.
By combining new technical possibilities with corporate culture change, you succeed in sustainably establishing new business models.
The costs of operating and maintaining ECM applications can easily take up a large proportion of a company’s total allotted IT budget. Moreover, these support tasks often take up company employees’ time and require external consultants – the company would be far better off if these resources could be allocated to developing long-needed IT innovations instead. Specialists with the required qualifications are few and far between, and therefore often unsustainably expensive to hire, particularly for smaller installation projects.
Let us take over support and maintenance of your ECM applications as part of a service level agreement. Benefit from quick, quality expert service and costs that are transparent and easy to plan at all times.
SLA for OpenText Documentum Applications
The outsourcing of support and maintenance for your Documentum applications improves the quality of your services and allows you to maintain firm control over the costs for ongoing operations. Take advantage of our expertise combined with cost-effective nearshore services to reduce your operating costs to a sustainable level.
SLA for the Life Sciences Industry
IT departments of the life sciences industry are facing enormous challenges, for example, with recent mergers & acquisitions and the complexity of systems and applications. To reduce this impact, fme offers a comprehensive package to support content-records management and shared collaboration environments.