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SAP Business Process Integration with FIS – Integrate IT Systems, Business Processes and Partners into SAP System Landscapes

Today, cross-system processes become more and more important for companies when it comes to connect hybrid or heterogeneous IT landscapes in the best possible way. The integration of SAP systems, cloud-based applications and third-party systems enables companies to automate their processes and, consequently, make them consistent. Data silos are avoided and process flows accelerated. 

The connection of business partners, such as customers, vendors or authorities, optimizes data exchange and, as a consequence, the information flow across company borders. Processes, such as purchase-to-pay, can be digitized by means of a B2B solution. This increases the degree of automation of business processes and productivity throughout the company. 

The FIS professionals use FIS/xee as well as SAP standard tools, such as SAP Integration Suite or SAP Process Orchestration (SAP PO), to connect your systems and business partners inside and outside the company and close the gap between on-premise and cloud systems in hybrid system landscapes. This enables consistent and automated processes as well as standardized master data. We make your company more competitive and therefore ready for the future. 

The FIS SAP professionals accompany you on this path from the first consulting and planning up to implementation and are subsequently available to assist you in Customer Expert Service to adapt the digital processes to your everyday business life on a permanent basis. 

These customers have already been convinced of our expertise in the field of Business Process Integration

EDI and EAI – full integration with SAP interfaces

In order to connect different IT applications with each other or integrate business partners into corporate processes, API-based integration technologies (OpenAPI3, OData, REST) are becoming ever more important in the B2B environment in addition to a connection via IDoc or a standardized EDI interface (Electronic Data Interchange).  

FIS offers you different technical basics for implementing these integration technologies. You can use FIS/xee to individually develop the appropriate process for your company. Moreover, the SAP integration solutions enable you to use SAP Content and learn the SAP Cloud options. The FIS professionals also assist you in building your cloud solutions, activate SAP Standard Content or develop your individual solution. 

You can use FIS/xee to develop individual processes and tailor them to your company. The FIS software solution bridges both syntactic differences and breaks in the communication channels. 

The most important added value when using FIS/xee: 

  • the application has been optimized for being used with SAP 
  • holistic use under SAP ECC, SAP S/4HANA & RISE with SAP (cloud)  
  • wide range of predefined integration content
  • tailored interfaces for individual requirements 
  • optimization of internal and external business processes 
  • shorter process times through automation 
  • reduced error rate through cross-system communication 

The SAP integration solutions enable you to use SAP Content and learn the SAP Cloud options.

We advise you on building your cloud solutions, activate SAP Standard Content or develop processes based on the SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP) in connection with the options offered by SAP Integration Suite. 

The FIS professionals have many years of experience and competence in creating apps, API management and SAP cloud integration. Together with you, we implement digital processes and develop cloud applications. In this way, you create loyal business partners and bridge the gap between the on-premises world and cloud solutions. With many years as an SAP partner, FIS offers the necessary consulting and development skills for your SAP S/4HANA landscape. 

The FIS consultants support companies that use SAP Process Orchestration in the changeover to the SAP business-to-business add-on, the development and adjustment of processes as well as the migration of their integration scenarios into the cloud. 

The SAP EAI FIS/xee solution is used to digitize the business processes along your value chain. The EU has given new impetus to digitization through Directive 2014/55/EU of April 16, 2014 on electronic invoicing for public contracts. The authorities of the Member States must transpose this Directive into national law. This will also have an impact on the private sector. Once a process, such as invoicing, has been digitized and the associated benefit has been recognized, this process will also be tried to be used beyond the communication with the authorities. In addition to this process, which is currently very much in demand, other B2G formats also play a major role. FIS supports the following formats for instance:

  • ZUGFeRD or Factur-x, XRechnung
  • Elster with different processes

Process solutions by FIS – Seamless integration of your corporate processes

FIS provides you with a secure and stable basis for your SAP users. You will benefit from the comprehensive SAP know-how and many years of experience of the FIS developers and consultants and you can rely on field-tested SAP optimizations. Together with you, we are going to develop your individual corporate process. 

The FIS process solutions offer optimal support and tailored functionalities for specific user cases: 

Implement digital EDI processes in order to connect vendors, customers and external service providers to your systems and further increase automation in your company.  

EDI formats that are implemented in consultation with the business partner enhance the business processes across company borders. 

FIS offers you a wide range of integration content for the most current cross-company and company-specific standards.  

Integration content is available, for instance, for the following formats and subsets which are typical for wholesale trade: 

  • EDITEC is a subset based on the EDIFACT format for the data exchange between HVACR industry and wholesale trade.
  • OpenTrans is a cross-industry standard based on XML and used for the electronic data exchange between business partners. 
  • EANCOM is a subset based on the EDIFACT format for the data exchange in the consumer goods industry. 
  • VDA is a format defined by the Association of German Automobile Manufacturers (Verband der Deutschen Automobilhersteller). 
  • EDILEKTRO is a data exchange subset based on the EDIFACT format and defined by the Association of German Electrical and Electronic Wholesalers (Verband des Elektrofachgroßhandels). 
  • UGL (UeberGabeschnittstelle Lang) is used for the data exchange between the ERP systems of wholesale and craft.  
  • ODX (Open Document Exchange) is used to implement the ITEK specification for the structured and electronic data exchange of SHK wholesalers with their craft business customers.

FIS/eInvoicing can be used to receive and send electronic invoices. Documents are transmitted digitally as structured data. 

Further information: e-invoicing

FIS offers master data and process integration with different shop systems, such as SAP Commerce or SCT.  

The integration of a shop solution enables you to transfer inbound sales orders into the SAP system and, as a consequence, use SAP processes optimally. 

Master data, such as article master, units of measure, discount groups, material groups, customer master, vendor master, partner roles, warehouse master, follow-up articles, alternative articles, persons responsible, route data, external numbers or badges are cyclically and asynchronously transferred from the SAP system to the shop. 

Transaction data, such as net prices, stocks, availabilities and credit information, is queried synchronously by the SAP system. 

FIS offers you master data and process integration with leading CRM solutions, such as Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM and Salesforce. 

Process integration includes quotation entry in the CRM system, replication to SAP via all further sales documents as well as billing documents, sales volumes and customers. Technically, the connection is usually established via APIs. 

Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) is used to implement the data exchange of sales and stock data with your vendors. Based on the MRP of your stocks by your vendor, appropriate purchase orders are directly transmitted from the vendor to your system. 

It goes without saying that an implementation from the vendor’s point of view is possible as well. 

FIS/xee contacts Elster Rich Client (ERiC) for the electronic transmission of advance return for tax on sales/purchases (UStVA), employment tax notification (LStA) and employment tax statement (LStB) to the financial authorities. ERiC is made available by the financial authorities. The data provided by the SAP system is thereby encrypted and transmitted to the authority in the correct format. 

Your benefits from business process integration with FIS

Due to the high automation level along the entire value chain, process integration with FIS has a positive impact on the entire company. Examples of specific use cases:

  • Automated processing of invoices in different formats, such as VDA Global INVOICE, EDI, xInvoice or ZUGFeRD
  • Individual implementation of diverse checks according to sect. 14 UStG (German Turnover Tax Law) and other provisions
  • Significantly reduced processing times for invoice processing and invoice verification
  • Technological and process support of special topics, such as the self-billing procedure customary in the automotive environment
  • Electronic exchange and automated further processing of all purchasing and procurement-relevant documents
  • Digitization of the entire purchase-to-pay process
  • Full support of all release processes, such as forecast delivery schedules, JIT delivery schedules or just-in-time and just-in-sequence releases
  • Digitization of the Order-to-Cash process
  • Electronic exchange and automated further processing of all sales orders
  • Automated transmission of order confirmations, shipping notifications including packaging information
  • Transmission of electronic invoices (eInvoices) xRechnung- or ZUGFeRD or Factur-x

B2B communication – with business partners digital networking

By implementing EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) processes and connecting external business partners, you extend the scope of your processes beyond your corporate borders. You strengthen the relationship with your business partners and increase the degree of automation of your processes. Digitally transmitted documents, such as invoices, purchase orders or order confirmations, are processed without manual intervention. Reduced manual activities lower the error rate in the purchase-to-pay or order-to-cash process. To ensure a secure transmission of data, certified communication methods are used, such as EDIINT AS2, X.400, SFTP, OFTP/2 or Web service.

Data formats and business processes that FIS implements are for instance:

  • Electronic invoice formats, such as ZUGFeRD or Facture-x as well as xInvoice
  • EDI formats, such as XML, UN/EDIFACT, VDA, ODETTE, ANSI ASC X.12 etc.
  • Automotive processes, such as JIT or JIS, self-billing procedure
  • Shipping notification
  • Purchase-to-pay
  • Order-to-cash
  • Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) or stock data transmission
  • Catalog data
  • and many more

SAP Standard or FIS Optimization – Individual solutions for you

With FIS/xee, FIS offers a tried and tested EAI/EDI solution that has been successfully applied in international installations for many years. With our SAP optimization, data, documents and messages are electronically exchanged in all established formats and industry standards and, thereby, processes are digitized and automated within and across companies.
In addition to the FIS optimization, FIS also supports SAP standard tools, such as SAP Process Orchestration (PO) or SAP BTP Integration Suite (formerly SAP CPI). Together, we will take an individual decision what solution is best for your specific situation.

Technical highlights of the FIS/xee SAP optimization:

  • Configuration and monitoring are fully integrated in SAP
  • Modification-free
  • Application data persisted in the SAP system
  • Easy archiving of data via ArchiveLink
  • Linking of the EDI documents to the SAP documents
  • Uncomplicated connection of legacy and third-party systems
  • Flexible time controls messages are sent and received at individual times
  • EDI standard formats and individual message formats can be defined and adjusted individually
  • Wide range of standard content available
  • SAP-certified and successfully used worldwide since 1998
  • Minimal operating costs and support effort
  • Connection of a multitude of ERP systems
  • Easy statistics function analyzes and graphically formats the message volume
  • Individual development environment for your IT department with the FIS/xee Workbench, which enables you to easily and intuitively design complex integration processes yourself, supported by practical functions.

Consulting, project management and implementation – SAP Interface Design

Irrespective of  whether you already have interfaces to your SAP ERP system or want to develop a completely new interface design the FIS experts will be pleased to assist and advise you, even before the implementation. By analyzing your existing IT landscape, FIS develops your individual interface processes with you. The FIS experts are your competent partners, who will find the appropriate solution with you for your enterprise.

FIS offers you consulting and projects concerning the following topics:

  • Interface implementation, migration and enhancement, based on different technologies
  • SAP integration, whether synchronous or asynchronous, via WebService oder IDoc
  • IDoc enhancement or complete reimplementation
  • Mappings/conversion, standardized or individual
  • Vendor or customer integration
  • Analysis of the existing IT landscape and the subsequent process optimization
  • Development of a roadmap for further digital and automated process landscape
  • Interface re-design update to the latest state of the art

High quality standards – our products are certified

FAQ on Business Process Integration

Business Process Integration is the connection of different systems within a company or across corporate borders with the aim of exchanging data on different company processes (e.g. when ordering goods). By integrating and connecting various systems and partners in your company’s heterogeneous IT landscape, you can automate processes and consequently make them consistent. This integration makes it possible to optimize and accelerate the data exchange and therefore the information flow, even across corporate borders.

FIS connects your systems and business partners inside and outside the company with FIS/xee for EAI and EDI as well as SAP standard tools, such as SAP Process Orchestration (SAP PO) or SAP Cloud Integration (SCI, formerly SAP CPI). As a consequence, you create a consistent system landscape that makes you ready for the future and competitive. The FIS SAP professionals accompany you on this path from consulting and planning up to implementation and are subsequently available to assist you in customer support.

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