Four European firms have received quality marks for the effectiveness of their use of SAP systems at the launch of a new certification and award programme by SAP specialist West Trax.
West Trax, which specialises in enabling firms to get more from their SAP systems, has created the certification and award programme to enable well-run firms to analyse and prove the effectiveness of their use of SAP systems to the wider world.
The programme uses key performance indicators to show which businesses are getting more out of their SAP systems across industries, with the first four award winners all in different markets: finance, retail, manufacturing and aircraft. Of these, three have gained silver quality marks and one a bronze.
The first silver award winners are heating and cooling specialist Modine Europe, Germany's Münchener Hypothekenbank, and Swiss aircraft maker Pilatus, while textiles service firm MEWA has picked up a bronze.
The programme analyses the effectiveness of seven SAP discipines, including the degree of system standardisation and the proportion of custom developments in a firm's use of SAP. Also under the spotlight is the proportion of unused customisation undertaken and the speed of any custom development, together with its frequency of use.
West Trax's methodology has been approved by an external auditor for its effectiveness. Those that qualify are more likely to be highly competitive organisations with leaner business processes, improved cost structures, increased user acceptance and shorter project cycles.