Ramsauer & Stürmer, a Salzburg-based developer of business software, provides an example of how to make the most out of a funding opportunity. The company plans to use a grant to completely redesign its ERP Suite (Enterprise Resource Planning). This suite is a package of ERP services such as accounting, inventory management, document management, customer relationship management (CRM), and human resources (HR) solutions. The distribution of business processes between cloud systems and local systems (on-premises) is a particular challenge due to mobility requirements, cost pressures, reliability and performance. The goal of this funded ERP4Cloud project is to achieve complete integration of cloud and on-premise systems.
The aim is to distribute business processes across multiple systems in a completely transparent way, while maintaining authorization levels, regardless of where the process is hosted. In addition to these benefits, customers will be able to access the systems from anywhere and benefit from improved search and more intuitive input. To achieve this, the company is collaborating with the FH Salzburg, the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and the University of Vienna, and has received a grant from the European Regional Development Fund and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) (EFREtop, IWB Program).
The ERP4Cloud project aims to establish the ERP system beyond corporate boundaries. Interfaces to suppliers or customers are intended to make supply chains more efficient. The goal is to automate process chains such as procurement, invoicing and inventory information. A company places an order and immediately receives the planned delivery date and can access current inventory data. The system is currently being tested with the FH Salzburg.
Markus Neumayr (in the cover photo), CEO of Ramsauer & Stürmer, is aware of the impact of such innovations: “As support for innovation in Austria, grants such as EFRE or the Salzburg state’s digitalization initiative are an important incentive for the economy. For Ramsauer & Stürmer, it is an attractive opportunity to engage in intensive cooperation with research institutions and advance our innovation projects. Due to the high degree of innovation, the ERP4Cloud project has the potential to secure us a significantly higher market share as a technology leader. This will result in the creation of approximately 50 new jobs by 2022, as well as the protection of the existing 130 jobs in the software and service sectors.” The project is scheduled to be completed in 2020.