29.11.2007 | Slovakia

S&T launches Competence Center for SAP Infrastructure Solutions

This move further strengthens the S&T Group’s capabilities & position in the area of core business applications & underlying infrastructure

Zilina, Slovakia, 29 November 2007 — S&T today announced the opening of its SAP Infrastructure Solutions Competence Center in Zilina, Slovakia, designed to demonstrate the benefits and value of joint EMC², IBM and S&T solution offerings especially for SAP customers. The Competence Center (CC) will provide group-wide support for business development as well as consulting, proven solutions and implementation best practice in the area of ECM (Enterprise Content Management), SAP archiving, SAP infrastructure & security solutions on EMC² & IBM platforms.
The Competence Center combines the strength of the strategic partnership of S&T, EMC² & IBM to deliver predictable business value to S&T customers. "Our SAP customers expect from us innovative complete solutions which meet business requirements and offer high quality technology as well as comprehensive services and support. S&T in Slovakia also hosts the Competence Center for SAP Outsourcing. The combined power of both Competence Centers enables us to rapidly demonstrate our proven experience", says Christian Rosner, CEO of S&T Group.

End to End Business Process Management

The Center focuses on Enterprise Content Management solutions with end-to-end workflows & document management functionalities starting with imaging & capturing and ending with SAP portal integrations, using EMC² Documentum technology. Special focus will be devoted to the archiving of SAP transactional data, print reports & incoming documents. Willem Hendrickx, EMEA Vice President, Channel and Mid-market at EMC², said: "This solution center provides S&T with the necessary tools to deliver increased value to customers through their relationship with EMC². Our commitment to support this Competence Center is at the core of our partner enablement program to help drive more sales opportunities to our loyal partner community."

Secure SAP Platforms

Scalable Infrastructure is an important building block of every IT solution. It needs to effectively support automated operational processes for optimal SAP user experience. Therefore S&T infrastructure architects & consultants will design optimized infrastructure solutions for SAP projects based on IBM and EMC² technologies. The Competence Center will provide infrastructure blueprints, test and laboratory environments as well as training. System Landscape Optimization will leverage concepts such as Virtualization, High Availability, Comprehensive Backup, Data Subsetting and Archiving. Increasing attention in SAP projects is given to security aspects including the design of secure SAP infrastructure, Business Continuity Plans, SAP security audits, SOX and Governance, Risk and compliance concepts. "With the opening of the Competence Center, S&T also emphasizes the importance of its Slovakian subsidiary and its substantial investments also serve to strengthen the economy of the Zilina region", says Vladimir Hric, Managing Director of S&T Slovakia.

"IBM is collaborating with partners such as S&T, helping them develop solutions that enable SAP clients visualise, virtualise and integrate, maximising the benefits of their IT investments and transforming the way they perform key business processes,” said Bob Moore, Director, Computer Services Industry, IBM Northeast Europe. “We believe that Slovakia plays a very important role in adopting these innovative approaches and in generating best practices which could further help the region's development.”

The S&T SAP Infrastructure Solutions Competence Center is designed to host a number of activities, including:
  • On-demand solution & infrastructure design
  • On-site and remote demonstration of solutions & customer concepts
  • Outsourcing activities in the area of SAP archiving
  • Migration planning
  • Benchmarking and performance testing
  • Customer briefings, seminars and workshops
  • Training activities
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