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FIS / TradeFlex – New SAP to Marketplace Platforms Connectivity

00Uncategorised March, 21

FIS / TradeFlex – New SAP to Marketplace Platforms Connectivity

FIS / TradeFlex is the hosted platform that brings together SAP (ECC or S/4HANA) and e-commerce marketplaces. The software was launched in in 2020 and at that time had deep integration with both Amazon and eBay.

In 2021, the customer-led development now see FIS / TradeFlex with a wide customer base and now with additional marketplace connectivity.

The current marketplace platforms with SAP and FIS / TradeFlex connectivity now include:

  • Amazon (Retail)
  • eBay (Retail)
  • Fnac (Retail)
  • Mercateo (B2B Trading Platform)
  • Otto (Apparel)
  • Digitec Galaxus (Retail)
  • Conrad Electronic (Electronics)
  • ManoMano (DIY / Retail)
  • Cdiscount – (Retail and Financial Services) – GO LIVE planned in Q3 2021
  • Idealo – (Product Price Comparison Site) – GO LIVE planned in Q4 2021
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Document Options Limited – Invoice Data Reading as a Service

00Uncategorised December, 20

Crawley based Document Options Limited (DOL) are an award-winning provider of Process Automation, Document Management and Document Capture Services and are a long-standing partner of FIS Information Systems.

Historically, scanning bureaus focus only on the business of archiving documents after they have been processed. Document Options also provide their customers with an alternative service – to extract the key invoice data content at the first stage of the process. The shift to early invoice archiving has transformed the Accounts Payable function of many organisations.
The invoice reading service is available for all organisations and is not confined to organisations with SAP ERP.
By combining their expertise of invoice reading software, high resolution image capture and invoice completion/checking services, Document Option provide an unrivalled service for accurate invoice data returns and rapid document throughput.
 
Who is the service for?
For organisations who wish to:
  • Out-source the time consuming tasks of manual data-entry and document scanning as part of their accounts function
  • Improve the quality of their key invoice data prior to transfering to ERP/Financials Software
  • Re-engineer their Accounts Payable methods by working with an innovative services organisation at the first part of the invoice classification process
Key Information: Document Options Limited
Complete invoice reading process including:
  • Invoice transportation service from customer site to their base in Crawley
  • High-resolution Document Capture of physical/paper invoices
  • Capture of emailed invoice attachments
  • Invoice content reading services – i.e. header and line items / positions
  • High accuracy of data capture – by checking missing fields or possible erroneous invoices
  • Fast turn-around service
  • Working with FIS Information Systems directly to provide unmatched services levels  
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Many DOL customers have adapted to the change in working practices brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
With working from home a preferred option – DOL are able to collect paper invoices and transport them to their UK offices.
In this way customers can work from home without needing to travel to the office to scan invoices – when the task of image capture and invoice data extraction could be delegated to an organisation with Document Option’s expertise and experience.
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FIS / TradeFlex

00Uncategorised August, 20

FIS / TradeFlex: New Connectivity to Marketplaces from SAP ERP

Introduction
FIS / TradeFlex is a new, hosted technology that facilitates the exchange of product data from SAP ERP with Marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay, Otto and Mercateo. In addition the platform provides a simpler method of handling customer transactions and order fulfillment.
The FIS / TradeFlex platform is deeply integrated with SAP ERP and is controlled from one single connection.

Who is it for?

FIS / TradeFlex is for organisations with SAP (ECC 6 or S/4HANA) who provide products via marketplaces. The platform provides a simpler alternative to the manual tasks usually associated with product management and order processing with marketplaces.
FIS / TradeFlex provides deep connectivity with SAP ERP and also the functionality to access data from other applications used in marketplace management. i.e. Product Information Management Systems (PIMS).
Key Information: FIS / TradeFlex
  • Comprehensive and deep process integration with SAP ERP
  • End-to-end process inclusivity
  • Full transparency of expenses and revenues including reporting tools
  • Central management of online marketplace activities from one application
  • Significantly increased visibility and coverage range of your brands and enterprise
  • Offers transparent and efficient customer service
  • Fast and effective testing of new marketplaces to accelerate campaigns and product launches
  • No new development and interface programs required
  • A central platform for managing several marketplaces
  • The Fiori app consolidates tasks into one application with enhanced functionality for process management and data exchanges>
  • Non-invasive to SAP standard – no modifications to SAP ERP are made
  • Simplifies managing product selection, campaign management, pricing, shipping and inventory levels

Current Marketplace Integrations with FIS / TradeFlex

  • Amazon – multi-national e-commerce company
  • eBay – e-commerce company
  • Fnac – French based retail chain with e-commerce platform
  • Mercateo – online B2B e-procurement platform
  • Otto – mail order and one of the world’s largest e-commerce platforms
  • Digitec Galaxus – largest online retailer in Switzerland
  • Conrad – major electronic goods retailer
  • ManoMano – French DIY online platform

Planned development

  • Cdiscount – French e-commerce platform offering both products and financial services
  • Idealo – German based price comparion site
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New Releases 2019: FIS NextGeneration S/4HANA

00News, Uncategorised January, 19

New Releases 2019: FIS NextGeneration S/4HANA

FIS Integrated Products for SAP S/4HANA are released annually in January. New Releases of the FIS NextGeneration modules include:

  • FIS/edc – Electronic Document Centre: An SAP “add-on” technology to accelerate data matching and the posting of invoices, sales orders, payment advice notes and supplier statements etc into SAP S/4HANA.
  • FIS/mpm – Master Data and Price Management. An SAP “add-on” technology for simplified maintenance of SAP Master Data with integrated validation checks and workflow solution – allowing data to be exchanged with SAP S/4HANA.
  • FIS/xee – XML and EDI Engine: A business system integration that provides connectivity for information exchange between SAP S/4HANA and other ERP Business Systems.

FIS develop a complete suite of SAP Integrated products to provide business process improvements for organisations with SAP S/4HANA or SAP ECC. The FIS modules for SAP ECC are released annually in June.

 

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New Release Dates for FIS SAP-Integrated Technologies – ECC 6 and S/4HANA

00News, Uncategorised February, 18

New Release Dates for FIS SAP-Integrated Technologies – ECC 6 and S/4HANA

FIS Information Systems normally release new versions of their product ranges (for business process improvements in SAP) on an annual basis. The licences for the new releases (which include new features and bug fixes) have previously available in January to all FIS customers who invest in a support and maintenance contract.

New Release dates annually in July and February
For new version of technologies running on SAP ERP – the 2018 release will now be available July 2018. This means that the 2017 versions of products such as FIS/edc (invoice monitor) will be extended by six months. Every new release date for SAP ERP technologies will now be in July.

SAP S/4HANA compatible releases of FIS technologies will now available annually in February.

A graphical summary:

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Process Integration Solution receives Odette Certification

00Uncategorised March, 17

Process Integration Solution receives Odette Certification

FIS customers are now equipped with the ability to process transactions with the new OFTP2 standard – for the future communication with business partners.

OFTP is a communication standard for process integration and data exchange between suppliers and automobile manufacturers. It was created by Odette, a collaboration of several European automobile associations including the German VDA (German vehicle manufacturers’ association) with headquarters in London. OFTP1 is based on ISDN, which will be discontinued in 2018. A successor based on TCP/IP has been developed: OFTP2, which has been supported by the FIS/xee (xml and edi engine) process integration solution for several years already. To provide the customer with even more security, FIS has now been OFTP2 certified by Odette.

OFTP2 exchanges data via the internet, encoded via SSL/TLS. In addition, message authentication and integrity is ensured via a signature. With FIS/xee being OFTP2 certified, FIS is also officially qualified as an expert for the latest data transmission standards and can support its customers during the changeover from OFTP1 to OFTP2.

Automotive/automobile industry users are provided with an integration platform complying with the latest standards and enabling a secure and smooth data transmission. The solution, fully integrated in SAP, provides integration of diverse application systems as well as business partners into the corporate processes. FIS/xee is also SAP HANA certified and meets the high standards in the SAP environment.

The SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC) approved the integration of the FIS solution in SAP ERP under SAP HANA with the use of standardized integration technologies.

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00Uncategorised April, 16

FIS is an SAP partner with “Gold” status fulfills all SAP service and support standards

To guarantee that partners fulfill the quality requirements defined by SAP in regard to support standards, tools, product-related expertise and service quality – SAP again grants its PartnerEdge Partner Center of Expertise status to FIS Information Systems. FIS regularly participates in the associated partner audit and has just obtained the SAP PcoE certification for the third time in a row.

The requirements for the SAP Partner Center of Expertise status have become more and more demanding in recent years. Partners are required to provide a uniform and worldwide high quality level. The performance of the entire FIS support infrastructure ensures these requirements. The high level of performance has been confirmed by the recent awarding of SAP Partner Center of Expertise (PCoE) certification.

Besides telephone and e-mail, FIS Information Systems uses its own Support Management System FIS/oss® for the 24/7 SAP support with the SAP Solution Manager Enterprise Edition as a central platform.

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New Platform for Returnable Equipment Tracking

00Uncategorised February, 16

 

iRetPlat – Innovative Returnable Equipment Platform

iRetPlat is a new, innovative and scalable platform for recording exchanges of returnable equipment such as pallets, trays, dolavs, mesh-boxes and roll cages. The platform is designed specifically for booking and recording the location, stock levels and balances of returnable equipment whether they are at regional sites, customers,”in transit”, with logistics/haulage providers or owed to suppliers.

FIS iRetPlat also has the facility to bring together back-office systems (i.e. SAP ERP, Financial Accounts, Warehouse Management,Traceability Systems), mobile workers, logistics teams, regional sites, equipment providers on a single shared platform.The platform has the option to import booking data directly from the ERP and Accounts Systems and updates the equipment location and quantities in real-time, providing a single view for all platform users.

iRetPlat is accessible from a PC or mobile device with an internet connection – an alternative to recording exchanges on paper, back copy carbon notes or Excel. What makes the solution unique is that the platform has the option to be open to partners – showing the returnable equipment asset category and the quantity balance.

No IT hardware is required, the platform is “cloud-based” and available 24/7 – with the capability of recording all posting transactions and exchanges in UK/Europe. iRetPlat encompasses high functionality and an intuitive design based on cutting-edge SAP Infrastructure.

 

 

 

Key Features

ERP Back Office Data integration:

  • The solution provides tried and tested business integration tools – that map the data output from back office systems onto the platform – making equipment bookings visible to all parties.
  • iRetPlat functions as a hosted enhancement for ERP/IT systems – providing additional functionality and reporting tools.
  • Supports RFID and GS1 standards such as EDI.

Productivity and Process Improvements

  • Significant improvement in the productivity of logistics teams as transactions are made automatically or via a simple app – rather than on paper or via (bespoke) Excel spreadsheets.
  • Comprehensive management of complex operations between sites, customers and equipment providers.
  • SMART device cameras can be used for recording broken equipment or quantity variants – supporting evidence in dispute management.
  • iRetPlat Fiori/Mobile app turns SMART devices into productive working tools.
  • Exceptional user experience with SAP’s intuitive Fiori app technology features.
  • Maximise equipment utilisation with managed inventory levels.
  • No re-keying or manual input of data.

 

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Scalability

  • iRetPlat can be configured for all returnable equipment assets within an organisation. Additional customers, regional sites and partners added quickly and easily.
  • Cloud-based platform means that features can be managed and deployed for each logistics discipline including guest access for selected partners.
  • No IT infrastructure required – and fast “on-boarding”.
  • Subscription-based monthly payment model – no upfront licence or support costs.

Dispute Management Workflow

  • iRetPlat offers workflow and notification tools to provide selected guests with the option to agree (or dispute) equipment asset types, quantities with supporting evidence of conveyed with images – using SMART devices as productive tools.
  • Collaboration and notification functions with platform guests – an alternative to using email as a workflow tool.

Dashboard / Reporting Tools

  • Several Reporting Tools are available giving your organisation a single enterprise view of returnable equipment asset volumes, conditions and locations within the entire supply chain
  • Furthermore the Excel formats for equipment stock, balances and transaction records can be tailored when necessary
  • iRetPlat provides a single view of returnable equipment from multiple providers
  • Real-time and instantaneous equipment availability checks
  • Tracking of returnable equipment quantities with time based reporting tools
  • Instantaneous view of RTP stock levels for delivery planning

 

 

FIS Information Systems – Constant Innovation

  • As one of SAP AG’s leading international partners, FIS have more than 100 specialist developers of SAP Fiori apps, SAP Standard (ABAP) and bespoke application development.
  • FIS are constantly improving the platform with new customer driven ideas and advanced features.
  • FIS also host the iRetPlat – proving a single point of support for your organisation.
  • FIS provide consultancy with industry experts within the disciplines of supply chain and logistics.
  • 24/7 availability
  • Administration and user training.
  • The platform is currently available in English and German languages.

 An alternative to:

“Traditional” paper or Excel spreadsheet records of RTP exchanges

Key Applications and Industries:

  • Food Production
  • Manufacturing
  • Equipment Hire
  • Hazardous Chemicals
  • Palletised Products

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FIS Integrated Technologies Migration SAP ERP ECC to SAP S/4HANA

00Uncategorised February, 16

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Secure Investment with FIS Integrated Technologies

Organisations with FIS SAP Integrated Technologies with SAP ECC 6.0 have their investment securely protected when migrating to SAP S/4 HANA.

 

FIS/edc (New Generation) and S/4HANA

FIS/edc is supported with release SAP ERP ECC 6.0 with any database.

FIS/edc (invoice monitor) is released as a new version annually in January/February. There are now essential two SMART product lines available from FIS:

a) SMART products for SAP ERP ECC 6.0

b) SMART products for SAP S/4HANA – NextGeneration (NG)

FIS/edc is available for SAP S/4 HANA Enterprise Management 1511, SAP S/4 HANA Finance 1605 with a  release for S/4 HANA Enterprise Management 1610. FIS/edc for S/4 HANA 1610 is not a new release of FIS/edc for SAP ERP and S/4 HANA 1511. It is a new product designed specifically for S/4 HANA 1610. Existing FIS customers running FIS/edc for SAP ERP or S/4 HANA 1511 and upgrading to S/4 HANA 1610 will require to install the new release – not a maintenance upgrade.

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FIS/cash – Point of Sale Terminal Software for SAP

00Uncategorised February, 16

FIS/cash

Introduction

FIS/cash is a unique technology that has been developed primarily for the wholesaler industry – using either SAP ERP or SAP Retail and having a number of retail outlets. The solution is unique in that the cash register has advanced features for payment processes and also has a direct access to real-time SAP stock levels.

Standard FIS/cash is able to facilitate a wide range of commercial transactions such as:

  • Different payment methods – card or account
  • Different shipping types – pickup, cash on delivery
  • Cash Returns and refunds
  • Credit or Debit – memos
  • Down payment and deposits
  • Creation and payment of vouchers

Furthermore, the FIS/cash technology has direct connectivity to SAP and references the SAP database for stock levels. This is particularly attractive, if the organisation has other channels to market (i.e. internet, telephone sales or mail order) as the retail clerk will have a view on availability and the goods location whether in-store or distribution centre.

The FIS/cash is also has functionality to assist with periodic cash transactions, cash desk closing and shift analysis.

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Simplified UX

The FIS and SAP transaction codes run in the background as the operator works with simplified screen functions.

The screen designs are often customised from the standard for each client – to account for specific user requirements.

Summary

FIS/cash provides a richly functional cash register client to SAP ERP – with the access to real SAP data. Using this method, the store operator can view exact stock availability even if recent inventory has changed from other channels (i.e. internet, telesales, mail order or other retail outlet).