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Expertise in consulting is a matter of course – but how do you measure it? Does saying that you have more than 25 years’ experience as an IBM partner really say anything about your expertise? Perhaps. How about the more than 1000 software certifications that our consultants have obtained in these years? Perhaps more. IBM’s awards as the best implementation partner in German-speaking Europe and also on the European level? Another sign.
But what counts the most for you as decision-maker for a project with IBM software solutions is certainly the references and experience that our IBM Business Analytics experts have gained through more than 800 successful customer projects.
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valantic is a long-standing IBM partner and was presented with the IBM Bestseller Award in the “Software Award total” category in 2020. With this award, IBM not only recognizes valantic’s above-average growth, but also its strategic direction for the further development of its successful cooperation and extraordinary consulting services in the DACH region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland).
“We are very proud of this award from IBM in the largest market in Europe,” explains Anastasios Christodoulou, Partner and Managing Director at valantic Business Analytics. valantic assists companies not only in selecting the right IBM Business Analytics software, but also in introducing and integrating it into existing IBM solutions. valantic also offers extensive IBM support and its own certified Customer Academy for IBM Business Analytics training.
Vice President IBM Partner Ecosystem for Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH), IBM
”As a solution specialist, valantic is a very important partner for us, one who is extremely familiar with customers’ requirements and needs.“
Managing Director, valantic Business Analytics
”Based on IBM Business Analytics software, we develop, refine and speed up our customers’ digitalization processes. The partnership with IBM is a guarantee of innovation and reliability for our customers and for us. “
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References and experience from more than 800 customer projects
More than 25 years’ experience combined with enthusiastic, well-known customers in wholesale, retail, pharma, production, and banking and financial services are the best reference. They rely on the products, solutions, and services of valantic and IBM.
Below you will find a selection of customer projects with IBM Business Analytics solutions in the form of success stories.
The Grenzebach Group is an internationally operating family business specializing in plant engineering and automation technology. Together with valantic, the company has implemented a cross-site and cross-functional planning solution for the integrated control of all value creation processes.
Winkels is the leading beverage logistics business in southwestern Germany. The aim was to fully replace the legacy DOGAS system and map the entire value-added and logistics chain – from production, warehousing, distribution and transport to the return of empties – in SAP.
A central digital platform with uniform customer experience for B2B and B2C customers across all locations and brands worldwide – that was the big challenge for Vileda, a brand of Freudenberg Home and Cleaning Solutions GmbH.
Spaeter is always working on optimizing customer experience – among other ways, in cooperation with valantic. The company’s latest successful project is a pick-up shop with 24/7 access, augmented reality navigation, and self check-out.
The Swiss insurance company Sympany introduces a new data warehouse (DWH) in record time and during ongoing operations and optimizes the reports in IBM Cognos Analytics - with the help of valantic.
Emmi (CH) implemented a new data warehouse architecture in a very short time and optimized reporting and analysis based on MicroStrategy.
As the number of customers increased, so did the number of authority requests at Netcom Kassel. Hence the desire for a more efficient solution arose. With this in mind, Netcom Kassel decided on the BREKO TK compliance platform.
The leading Belgian asset manager has recognised the need of implementing the new ISO 20022 protocols at an early stage in order to avoid later pressure and to be duly prepared for the future. valantic supported the asset manager with the implementation of X-Gen. The generic workflow and message engine X-Gen allows fast adaptation and enables automated processes in the financial industry. As a result processes can be adapted, automated and automated faster, more securely and efficiently.
Krefeld thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe GmbH acts as a processing specialist for steel and aluminum, and also as a supplier to the automotive industry. It is therefore subject to major fluctuations in demand and high price and competitive pressure. With the support of valantic, the company implemented the cloud solution SAP IBP for integrated, partially automated sales, purchasing and disposition planning to increase efficiency potential.
Mosca GmbH of Waldbrunn, Germany, is an international machinery and equipment. The company had licenses for the IBM Cognos program for several years without exploiting the strengths of the data warehouse system. Mosca turned to valantic to finally get the program “up and running.” valantic worked with Mosca to build a central data warehouse and uniform reporting platform for the areas of sales and service, HR, controlling, warehouse and logistics, purchasing, manufacturing, and production.
Peter Jensen is a wholesaler of sanitary and building technology products. In cooperation with valantic’s BA specialists, Peter Jensen introduced IBM Cognos Business Analytics. Thanks to the introduction of a database solution in addition to the new CRM system, it is now possible to link and evaluate not just information from the CRM system, but also from the materials management system. This way, all required business data is aggregated centrally and it can be called up at any time.
Winterhalter + Fenner AG is one of the leading electrical wholesalers in Switzerland. In collaboration with valantic, the company has developed a new platform. The focus was to create an optimal user guidance in order to be able to use the range of functions even more efficiently, to offer customers individual management options and tools for self-management.
Česká spořitelna is the largest commercial bank in the Czech Republic. It is a subsidiary of the Erste Group, which has more than 16 million customers in seven countries, making it one of the largest banking groups in Central and Eastern Europe. valantic implemented the instant payment platform RTPE for the customer Česká spořitelna in order to give the customer the opportunity to make payments in real time.
As one of the leading companies worldwide, Thermoplan produces high quality fully automatic coffee machines for the professional sector. Thermoplan's customers include Starbucks and Nespresso, for example. Thermoplan maintains a global network of 5,000 service technicians. valantic has developed the myThermoplan communication platform for global communication for Thermoplan’s service and sales partners.
SIGNAL IDUNA is a group of unified companies and offers a full range of insurance and financial services for everyone. Signal Iduna is gradually replacing Lotus Notes. As part of this project, we reverse-engineered a Notes-based form center with around 90 form-based workflows into a browser-based state-of-the-art application.
The musical instrument manufacturers Hohner Musikinstrumente GmbH and Sonor GmbH commissioned valantic with the introduction of the Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) solution wayRTS (Real Time Simulation). Both of these longtime manufacturers of harmonicas, percussion instruments, and Orff instruments now have much more agile, cross-plant demand and production planning with maximum transparency along the entire value-creation chain.
B2B sectors such as the steel and metal trade are currently undergoing rapid digital transformation. stürmsfs AG, from Goldach, is one of the trailblazers and has been present in the online metal trade for several years already. Now, the company wants to take the next step by freshening up and modernising both the website and the shop.
STOLL, a german manufacturer of flat knitting machines is an integrative link between high-performance technology in the development sector and the manufacturing of flat knitting machines on the one hand and an innovative partner and developer in the fashion & technology sector on the other.
RWZ must manage approximately 2000 user applications in SAP each year due to employee hiring, departures, and position and department changes. The individual requirements of its 13 areas of operations, multiple people involved in the application process, and processes that evolved over time made hiring new employees time-consuming. The cooperative wanted a slim solution that could make the existing process less error-prone, speed it up, and ensure transparency throughout.
As an international, growth-oriented company, Müller focuses on a diverse product range and a focus on the respective markets. The constant introduction of new, country-specific products also involves a high level of material maintenance in the SAP system. In order to be able to continue to react flexibly and quickly, the desire for an SAP-supported solution for a significantly simplified and accelerated SAP master data maintenance grew.
The company Lorenz-Snack-World is a growth-oriented European branded goods company with an international orientation. In order to make workflows more flexible and optimize material maintenance processes, Lorenz Snack-World was looking for a solution that was fully integrated into SAP. The decision was made for the Master Data Cockpit from valantic.
With valantic, Volksbank Mittelhessen made their old IBM Notes-based COSMOS applications web-ready at short notice, thus paving the way for replacing the entire COSMOS system in the medium term.
Studies have shown that the customer usually decides on a product only at the point of sale. Therefore, the products must be positioned appealingly in the supermarket and there must always be sufficient quantities on hand. For only optimized product lines generate more sales. To ensure this, COSTA employees check the point of sale offerings on a regular basis.
SFS, the Swiss supplier of tools, screws, and hardware is entering the next digital generation with its new onlineshop made by valantic. And it is therefore pursuing a customer-oriented and future-oriented vision, namely “everything for the customer.” With more than 200 000 items, the platform offers everything that you need in a mechanical workshop, in the industry, a carpenter’s workshop or on a construction site.
Vitakraft has been using SAP to control its pet food business at its eight sales units across Europe. Because the information is handled by a central SAP system, the implementation of an international, uniform authorization concept was also necessary. valantic provided the company with an SAP-integrated solution that can implement an individual authorization concept in compliance with regulations and significantly reduce the daily administrative effort for role maintenance.
The Swiss traditional company Hero was established in 1886 and employs approximately 4300 people in 16 countries. The blue label with the white writing is a classic among Swiss brands and stands for “making fresh food tasty and long-lasting.” In Switzerland, the brand is also known for products that last a long time, ones that are especially suitable for gastronomy operations. Various other brands such as Schwartau and Corny belong to the Hero Group.
Service technicians depend on being able to get the right material to the right place as quickly as possible. For this, they need an online platform that is easy to use and where you can get to the product you need quickly. The role-based navigation leads the person placing the order directly to the desired item and features a slimmer check-out. Depending on availability, the appropriate part is delivered the next day or even on the same day by courier.
For the agricultural machinery manufacturer CLAAS, we have migrated the company-wide email infrastructure from IBM Notes to Microsoft Exchange. In the first step, we set up a completely new infrastructure and then migrated about 9,000 seats.
Based on the business intelligence solution IBM Cognos BI, valantic develops a finance monitor for the Ministry of the German-Speaking Community in Belgium. Thanks to this online tool, current budget figures – income, expenditures, liabilities, etc. – can be viewed at any time and from around the world. This way, the government wants to provide the German-speaking community with maximum transparency for its citizens.
AOK Niedersachsen is the tenth-largest health insurance company in Germany. In Germany, companies that provide statutory health insurance are subject to a high degree of state regulation. For this reason, it is crucial for AOK Niedersachsen to stay agile and continuously boost overall corporate performance. Supported by IBM Business Partner valantic the company implemented a comprehensive database and a flexible BI system that supports planning, reporting, analysis and forecasting.
Evotec AG is a research-based biotechnical company. It relies on the precise planning of business and research projects. valantic supported the company during the implementation of a new information structure for planning, analysis and reporting with IBM Cognos TM1 and IBM Cognos Business Intelligence. Because of these solutions, Evotec is now able to reliably plan and analyze the business development as well as generate simulations and forecasts.
The Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller (UTM), based in Luxembourg, is a family owned food company. The Unternehmensgruppe turned to valantic to integrate the SAP environment of the subsidiary Homann Feinkost GmbH at its six German locations efficiently, with predictable costs, and on the planned schedule into its own SAP system environment. They created a common system basis, which can be used later for additional optimizations and process harmonization.
Boehringer Ingelheim is a German pharmaceutical company. In cooperation with valantic the company redesigned the reporting system from the ground up, created new reports and optimized the design. With the implementation of Cognos 10, the team simultaneously created a new technical basis. This state-of-the-art BI platform does not only allow mobile operations, but also enables report receivers to leave comments thanks to a new comment function attached to the reports.
With the “SIRIUSProducts” Siemens AG Digital Factory Control Products offer central components for industrial switching technology. After projects for internal material flow and inventory optimization, the focus was on the question “How can distribution logistics be made more efficient?”
Uelzena is one of the leading suppliers and innovative problem-solvers in the contract manufacturing and dairy products industries. With the introduction of valantic’s master data management solution Master Data Cockpit (MDC), Uelzena optimized its company-wide processes for item creation with automated workflows and clearly-defined responsibilities for the maintenance of various field functions.
Stürmsfs AG, based in Goldach (Switzerland), is a company trading with steel, metal and alternative materials. These are products that cannot be marketed as easily in a Webshop. The existing Webshop had to be reworked. Thanks to to stürmsfs’s power of innovation and valantic’s expertise, the result was a future-oriented shop solution that guides the customer step-by-step through the entire order process.
The valantic customer Mesago is a subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt and counts approximately 2700 exhibitors and 100,000 visitors each year. The company wanted a system that fulfills the requirements of modern customer data management and offers channel-independent, personalized communication. valantic’s result was an all-around view of the customer, thanks to the complete reinstallation of SAP CRM, SAP ERP, and SAP BW, and the additional connection of third-party applications.
Aryzta Food Europe is a globally-active food producer that has grown enormously in an organic manner. Its customers include large companies, as well as local bakeries, hotels, retail outlets, and food services. When it was searching for a mobile CRM technology that the sales force could always access, even offline, the company encountered valantic. valantic assisted Aryzta with the installation and start-up of a hybrid CRM scenario.
With coop@home, you can order products easily from home or on the road and have them delivered right to your door. As Coop’s E commerce partner, valantic in partnership with cxpartners London was responsible for the development and redesign of coop@home. Based on the SAP Commerce Cloud, valantic completely refreshed the online shop coop@home both technically and visually. With the relaunch, buying food can be handled more intuitively, easily, and faster.
Sortimo International GmbH is a leading manufacturer of vehicle equipment and mobile transport solutions. With the introduction of the Master Data Cockpit (MDC) from valantic, Sortimo is further expanding its market position and can also realize major orders at short notice with special requests of the desired quality at any time.
RWZ is the third largest of the main cooperatives active in agricultural trade in Germany. Around 2,800 employees work at over 220 locations throughout Germany. It is active for over 150 member cooperatives, 40,000 farmers, winegrowers and horticulturists as well as thousands of commercial and hundreds of thousands of private customers. Around 600 employees from various sales groups and RWZ divisions work with SAP CRM.
Telefonica now uses a valantic solution to manage the customer database in a structured and centralized manner in accordance with data protection.
For the Nuremberg energy supplier N-ERGIE AG, valantic has implemented a tariff calculator with CRM as part of an individual development. The result is a JEE application in an IBM WebSphere Portal environment.
Misurio AG designs and develops the cloud-based IoT platform energyON to make energy systems from energy providers more flexible. valantic supported the project with advice and development.
Head of the Continuous Improvement Process Department, Mosca
”In valantic, we found a partner who understands our business and our daily requirements and proved to be absolutely reliable. “
Speaker for Finance and Budget, Ministry of the German-speaking Community in Belgium
”valantic's concept won us over, as did the fact that they had extensive expertise from previous projects and had already proven to be a reliable, motivated partner. “
Head of the Controlling Division in the Corporate Management Division, AOK Niedersachsen
”With direct access to current data, we can clarify typical questions right away; previously, we first had to round up the required information, which was time-consuming. This has significantly improved control processes at the whole company.“
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