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Kaiserslautern/Minden, 19 May 2010
CAS AG, a leading provider of customer management and mobility solutions for the consumer goods industry and their implementation partner is4 GmbH & Co. KG have intensified their many years of partnership and are working together to enable consumer goods manufacturers in the German-speaking region to choose a quick, reliable and cost-effective transition to the CAS 8 platform. As a part of the initiative, is4 has developed the pre-configured template named xpressCAS 8 and provides a corresponding method to implement it.
CAS 8 is the eighth and latest generation of an integrated software package that has been specifically developed for the consumer goods industry, and analysts such as the Gartner Group have given it top marks in the area of sales management solutions. CAS 8 offers functions for sales controlling, trade promotion management and optimization as well as for customer service. It also runs on all common mobile platforms such as laptops, tablet PCs, PDAs and smart phones. Based on this, is4 developed the pre-configured template xpressCAS 8 that covers the processes for sales controlling and Sales Force Automation (SFA) as well as for the associated user groups, for example, key account management and external and internal sales support.
"xpressCAS 8 enables consumer goods manufacturers to make a quick and efficient transition into the subject of CRM with the option of extending it to create a more comprehensive CRM platform," says Stefan Joneck, founder and managing director of CAS AG. Because of the pre-configured templates and special implementation method, fewer resources are required to integrate xpressCAS 8 into the customer or partner system landscape.
In addition, is4 also provides an implementation method authorized by CAS for a fixed price that consists of a pre-defined blueprint for the provided processes and functions, as well as use cases and pre-defined interfaces for connecting to ERP systems and to Excel. "This takes part of the burden off of management, and enables high solution reliability and a high return on investment," says Dr. Rolf Sundermeier, general manager of is4 GmbH & Co. KG. Optionally, is4 can also take over application support and system operation.
About CAS AG
CAS is the leading provider of solutions for customer management and mobility in the consumer goods industry. The integrated solutions offered by CAS assist consumer goods manufacturers in increasing their sales volume and profitability. The spectrum of CAS solutions encompasses sales controlling (Sales Force Automation/SFA) and Trade Promotion Management (TPM) software including direct delivery (Direct Store Delivery/DSD), mobile customer service (Field Service Execution/FSE) and Trade Promotion Optimization (TPO). CAS customers include leading brand manufacturers such as Anheuser Busch InBev, Campbell Soup Company, The Coca-Cola Company, GlaxoSmithKline, Henkel, Molson Coors Brewing Company, Nestlé and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, to name only a few. CAS company headquarters are in Germany, and branch offices are maintained in America, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit www.cas.com
About is4 GmbH & Co. KG
The objective of is4 GmbH & Co. KG is to provide comprehensive consulting services for business process design and software implementation solutions that optimally assist their customers in achieving company objectives. To do this, is4 follows the proven concept of integrating software components provided by technology leaders such as SAP, CAS, IBM and Microsoft into customer-specific solutions. Their range of services has been specifically tailored to the consumer goods industry. The company was founded as a joint venture with the Melitta Group at the end of 2001. syskoplan AG is a stockholder with 51% of the shares.
About syskoplan AG
"Passion for IT": This has been the driving force behind syskoplan for the past 25 years. The companies in the syskoplan Group develop and implement innovative IT solutions based on adaptable and agile IT platforms and extended with customer-specific components. The benefits for the customers of the syskoplan Group are numerous: They receive high performance, flexible and efficient IT. These solutions tailored specifically to the needs of the customer enable them to stand out in the market thereby creating sustainable competitive advantages.
As a network of specialized companies, the syskoplan Group combines the performance of a large corporation with the agility and flexibility of small units. Common values are at the core of all business behavior in the syskoplan Group. These values are the foundation of the successful work we do for our customers. Approximately 420 employees generated a sales revenue of 55.0 million Euros in fiscal year 2009. At the center of the Group is syskoplan AG, founded in 1983 and listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange since November 2000.
The integration of the syskoplan Group into the international network of their main shareholder Reply S.p.A. ensures access to the know-how of approximately 3,000 IT experts. Reply focuses on developing and implementing solutions based on new communication channels and digital media.