Expert Jury Awards APplus with "ERP System of the Year" for the High Tech Sector


  • 23.10.2020
  • Karlsruhe

Complex products, complex processes – unlike any other industry, the high tech industry demands business processes with seamless interactions. This is a result of both the pioneering work in development of as well as production of highly specialized products. No simple environment for an ERP system. New product developments make it difficult to plan ahead. Additionally, the associated processes are rarely open to standardization. Which ERP system proliferates in this context despite these challenges has now been revealed with the announcement of "ERP System of the Year". This year the Center for Enterprise Research of the University of Potsdam gave out this award for the "ERP for High Tech Industry", among others. This year's winners were announced last night.
For the eighth time, one of the prestigious prizes went to
Asseco Solutions of Karlsruhe.

“No matter if you are an established global player or an innovative start-up: Those who develop products and solutions in the high tech segment require seamless process integration and high levels of automation more so than almost any other industry", explained Ralf Bachthaler, Executive Board Member of Asseco Solutions.

It is not a rare occurrence that the necessary processes for the construction and production of corresponding solutions prove to be just as complex as the developed products themselves. We are really pleased with the fact that we have been able to assert ourselves with our solution in this most challenging industry. It is proof of the capabilities of our solution that it comprehensively satisfies even highly specialized requirements.”

Ralf Bachthaler
Executive Board Member of Asseco Solutions

Intelligent Control Center for High Tech Projects

To be able to efficiently link and coordinate the most varied of process levels in development, production and sales of high technology, an ERP solution must act as a central store of information for the entire business process. To add to this, APplus offers numerous specialized functions for manufacturers of high tech products. The mainstay of this is the tailored project control center, made to measure for the demands of the industry. It makes all important instruments centrally available to project participants, from project time entry via resource overviews to functions for material procurement and logistics. Using the integrated schedule and budget monitoring, users receive constant feedback on whether their entered deadlines can be kept. The availability of resources at the necessary time as well as budget coverage are also directly visible.

However, to be able to even develop innovative high tech products in an efficient and profitable manner, a seamless integration of CAD or PLM systems is an indispensable part of the ERP center. With its PLM integration, APplus enables users a homogeneous access to development and production data. Bills of materials created in the CAD system are then immediately available in Production upon approval. Through the APplus Board, users have a tool with which the management of individual projects can be visualized much like the form of a KANBAN board. The planning of the tasks to be worked on can be distributed on this board quickly and with ease.

High Industry Suitability, Future-Oriented Development

Thanks to these and numerous further industry-relevant functions, the expert jury gave a correspondingly high valuation of the industry suitability of APplus. Additionally, the judges praised the integration of AI functionality in the research and development of the Karlsruhe ERP specialists. APplus already supports the optimization of warehousing through artificial intelligence, which is of benefit to the high tech industry and beyond. As components tend to age quickly in a highly dynamic environment such as the high tech industry, an optimized portfolio is critical to success.

For the fifteenth time, the renowned expert committee of the Center for Enterprise Research at the University of Potsdam selected the "ERP System of the Year" this autumn. To determine the prize winners, the nominated solutions were evaluated according to seven criteria: Implementation methodology, real customer benefits, ergonomics, technology and integration scope, industry suitability via specific functions, customer communication and sales marketing as well as research and development.