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Jun 20, 2017 ISlide Chooses B4 Consulting to Implement SAP Business One® Cloud

ISlide Chooses B4 Consulting to Implement SAP Business One®


Cloud-based, comprehensive business management solution will transform business operations for fastest-growing and innovative footwear manufacturer


Waltham, Mass. – June 20, 2017  B4 Consulting®, helping companies grow with innovative software, services and support, today announced that Massachusetts-based ISlide, one of the world’s fastest-growing and innovative footwear designers, has chosen B4 Consulting to transition its business operations to SAP Business One® Cloud. SAP Business One Cloud is an affordable, scalable and easy-to-use business management solution designed for growing companies. B4 Consulting, a full-service SAP Gold-level partner, resold SAP Business One Cloud on SAP S/4HANA® and will implement the solution at ISlide headquarters in Boston.

“ISlide is a great example of innovative entrepreneurship that thrives in Massachusetts,” said Klaus Schottenhamel, president and CEO of B4 Consulting. “They are pioneering a manufacturing process that enables customers to custom-design slide sandals online and receive the finished goods in about a week. Their business model is revolutionizing the footwear industry, and SAP Business One gives them the perfect foundation to scale and grow.”

ISlideAccess to Real-time Data for Real-time Footwear

Since its founding in 2013, ISlide has become the preeminent leader in slide sandals “with sales doubling annually,” noted Justin Kittredge, founder and CEO of ISlide. “But we were running a lot of disparate systems for financials, sales, inventory management and the like. To continue our growth rate, we wanted a scalable system that could integrate all the standard business functions plus incorporate those that are unique to our business, such as printing and website shopping. Plus, it had to be easy to use and deploy.”

ISlide vetted a number of solutions and implementation partners before deciding on SAP Business One Cloud and B4 Consulting. “We went through an exhaustive evaluation process,” said Steve Amrein, operations director at ISlide. “SAP Business One Cloud was the only solution that could fast-track our operations into the 21st century, adapt to our unique product needs, and give us access to real-time data, which is essential when producing custom-designed sandals with the industry’s fastest turnaround times.

“B4 Consulting was the only reseller who ‘got us’,” continued Amrein. “B4 has experience in helping early-stage companies successfully grow their business with the latest technologies, they’re experts in SAP Business One, they understand manufacturing processes, and they know how to translate those processes into simple functions with SAP software. Lastly, we wanted a local partner who would give us personal attention and support as needed.  The B4 team came to the table with a level of enthusiasm and commitment that matches the high energy at ISlide.”

The SAP Business One Cloud software-as-a-service model enables ISlide to accelerate the time-to-value of SAP® software across the organization.  On a single platform, the solution integrates key operational functions including accounting and finance, sales and customer management, purchasing and operations, inventory and distribution, material requirements planning, and reporting and administration. ISlide will also take advantage of SAP Business One add-on functionality for:

  • Job costing and project accounting
  • Shipping integration
  • Warehouse management
  • Credit card processing

Running on the cutting-edge in-memory computing of the SAP HANA® platform, SAP Business One Cloud will enable ISlide to quickly process large volumes of data and get immediate feedback on transactions and complex analyses. It is the only solution for mid-market companies with an in-memory database, which provides extensive analytics capabilities. “We’re on a growth trajectory, and we’re looking to SAP Business One to help propel that growth and our continued innovations,” noted Kittredge.

About B4 Consulting, Inc.

B4 Consulting integrates business processes and technologies globally for customers who want to transform their businesses with innovative on premise and cloud-based solutions. Our team of solution architects integrates these solutions with leading systems, such as SAP solutions, to enable business performance excellence and improved profitability. www.b4-consulting.com. Follow Us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/b4consulting

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May 16, 2017 SAP Ariba for Mid-market Companies

SAP Ariba Snap! Procurement

Easy & Affordable Digital Procurement

for SAP and Non-SAP Mid-market Companies

 

B4 Consulting announces the availability of SAP Ariba Snap! Procurement for mid-market companies — a highly affordable and fast time-to-value procure-to-pay solution. Using the latest cloud technology, the newly packaged solution delivered by B4 Consulting will transform the way you buy and pay for goods and services — digitizing your procurement processes and transforming your procure-to-pay (P2P) activities into the 21st century.

This newly packaged solution is configured to give you all the functionality you need to automate and streamline your P2P processes — but at a fraction of the cost and time typically associated with implementing a new procurement solution. The SAP Ariba partner solution generates new process efficiencies and automates historically time-consuming and low-value tasks. Here are just a few of the benefits you’ll enjoy from a world-class procurement system:

 

  • Fast time-to-value — days not months
  • Access quality content – 15 million SKUs in just days
  • Simple Guided Buying from one place for all end users — for all good and services
  • Digitized procurement – connecting you to the world’s largest trading network
  • Improved spend transparency  – with reporting cadence across your P2P processes
  • Enhanced spend visibility and management – to reduce spend leakage
  • Consumer simple and best practices — online shopping experience

 

Spot Buying – Easily Find and Buy Non-sourced Goods

The SAP Ariba for mid-market companies package from B4 Consulting includes SAP Ariba Spot Buy. This innovative feature enables you to make a spot buy whenever needed such as those one-off or emergency purchases that have historically been too costly and time-consuming to source. Suppliers benefit too as Spot Buy provides a vast, exciting new sales channel through which they can boost sales with both existing and new customers.  Spot Buy includes:

 

 

  • Supplier qualification through dynamic filters
  • Thousands of categories featuring top-rated suppliers and top brands
  • Configurable with workflow solution
  • Facilitates simple, secure payment
  • Detailed data for monitoring and reconciling spot buy transactions
  • Global outreach expansion

 

 

Guided Buying – A Simple Experience to Buy Goods and Services Compliant with Procurement Guidelines

Guided Buying in the new SAP Ariba for mid-market companies gives employees a simple way to buy smarter. It provides an intuitive experience for employees to follow procurement guidelines without having to read them first. Employees can now easily buy goods and services from preferred suppliers, collaborate with suppliers, and quickly complete the transaction. A simple, smart, and elegant buying experience, Guided Buying offers:

 

 

 

 

  • Single place for both the occasional and frequent buyer to buy goods and services
  • An easy way to direct users to the right items, right policies, and preferred suppliers
  • Robust sourcing engine that powers self-service collaboration with preferred suppliers
  • Built-in smart guidance for policies; buying channel process integrated to supplier management
  • Smart policy engine that powers buying channel compliance

 

 

Let’s Make Procurement Easy with Snap! Procurement

Digital P2P — Priced for the Mid-market

Email: info@b4-consulting.com


Feb 08, 2017 Disruption Ahead for Construction – Digital Invoicing

Caution Disruption for Construction WebinarWebinar Series: Disruption Ahead for Construction Industry
Topic: Digitize Invoice Processing
Guest Speaker: Kevin Walters, VP & CIO of Zachry Construction

Who Should Attend: Construction Industry Executives, A/R and A/P Managers, Technology Influencers

On-Demand Webinar Registration

Second, in our Disruption Ahead for Construction Industry series, this webinar highlights the barriers to growth in a paper-based workplace and how construction companies can migrate from paper to digital, real-time information sharing with ELO Digital Office for enterprise content management. Kevin Walters, vice president and CIO at Zachry Construction Corporation, provides first-hand insights into how digitizing the workplace disrupts the status quo to create new efficiencies, accelerate cash-to-cash cycles, and improve business transparency and compliance. ELO demo focuses on invoice processing from goods receipt to invoice automation and final posting.

B4 Consulting invites you to learn how to manage projects instead of paper. View this on-demand webinar (recorded on February 27, 2017) and learn how to easily and affordably:

  • Integrate email, delivery tickets, POs, invoices and more on a single platform
  • Boost productivity by automating document management
  • Centralize access to all records (orders, bids, invoices, etc.)
  • Automatically match POs and projects
  • Capture supplier invoice, validate data, release postings
  • Reduce overhead by decreasing paper-based transactions

Guest Speakers:

 

 

Kevin Walters
Vice President & CIO
Zachry Construction

 

 

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Phillip Schell
Vice President of Industry Solutions
B4 Consulting

 

 


Register Here for On-Demand Webinar 

Disruption Ahead for Construction Industry

Digitize Field for Invoice Processing with ELO Digital Office

 

Jan 30, 2017 Oil & Gas Webinar: Know Your Costs – Reduce Surprises

Oil and Gas

Know Your Costs – Reduce Surprises

Date: February 8, 2017
Time: 10:00am PST; 1:00pm EST
Duration: 60 minutes

REGISTER

“When one minute of downtime could cost millions, uptime is critical.”

 

 

Rick Deans, executive vice president of services at INEIGHT and Martina Asbury, a senior advisor with Endeavor Management will discuss the current U.S. oil and gas industry and the importance of integrated cost and scheduling solutions. An industry thought leader on capital management, Martina recently authored the Petrochemical Update —  U.S. Downstream Engineering, Construction & Maintenace – Market Outlook 2017.

Martina and Rick will examine the challenges facing the oil and gas industry — specifically relating to how companies risk significant revenue loss because of delayed project completions due to inaccurate estimates and inefficient cost control.

What is the solution? A centralized project cost management system with best-practice estimating and performance tracking capabilities to win jobs, reduce risk, improve margins and minimize project durations.

In this webinar, Rick and Martina will demonstrate the following best practices using INEIGHT® solutions. This will include real-world examples of how INEIGHT solutions deliver more than 25 years of solution and best-practice experience, ultimately providing cost and time savings.

 

1. Live estimate-schedule integration
2. NORMS database access for cost details
3. Better project controls = Better cost performance
4. Integrated change management
5. Advanced forecasting and EVM tools
6. ERP system integration

 

Guest Speakers:

 

Rick Deans

 

 

Rick Deans

Executive Vice President of Services

InEight

 

Martina Asbury

 

 

Martina Asbury

Senior Advisor

Endeavor Management

 

 

REGISTER TODAY

Know Your Costs – Reduce Surprises

The importance of integrated cost and scheduling solutions for U.S. oil and gas industry.

February 8, 2017

10:00 a.m. PST; 1:00 p.m. EST

Can’t Attend on Feb. 8th?
No Problem – Registration Will Give You Access to the Recorded Session

Nov 15, 2016 SAP Business One at Industrial Communications

B4 Consulting Announces Industrial Communications Will Run SAP Business One®


On-premise SAP Business One integrated with cloud-based construction management and mobile workforce management delivers an end-to-end business solution for construction industries


Waltham, Mass. – November 15, 2016  B4 Consulting®, helping companies grow with innovative software, services and support, today announced that it has resold and will implement the SAP Business One® application at Industrial Communications®. Serving businesses throughout New England and South Florida, Industrial Communications is a wireless communications company, which provides communications solutions with its wide area digital two-way radio networks, tower site development and management, and network construction services.

SAP Business One, an affordable and comprehensive business management solution, integrates key operational functions including financials, accounting, inventory and customer relationship management. Integrating construction-centric capabilities for project management and mobile workforce management with SAP Business One, B4 Consulting provides small- to medium-sized construction companies with an end-to-end business management solution.  Available on-premise and in the cloud, SAP Business One will run on the SAP HANA® platform and be deployed on-premise at Industrial Communications headquarters (Marshfield, MA) while project and workforce management solutions will be cloud-based.

Industrial Communications is a new breed of construction services companies that recognize that 21st-century technologies are key to competitive advantage today and in the future,” said Klaus Schottenhamel, president and CEO of B4 Consulting. “Industrial is using these technologies in a very forward-thinking manner.  They are capitalizing on the benefits of both on-premise and cloud solutions integrated on a single platform. This hybrid model eliminates capital expenditures and fast-tracks solution implementation so that they will be up and running in weeks, not months.”

Visibility from the Backoffice to the Field in a Single App

“Most business applications are not designed for construction companies, and they certainly don’t offer the type of project management functionality required by the construction industry,” noted Michael Umano, president of Industrial Communications. “Managing multiple business applications and spreadsheets had “become labor intensive, clumsy, and inefficient,” he added. “Plus, I wanted a complete and real-time understating of my business.  We decided on SAP Business One because it is a single enterprise reporting system. It will eliminate the multiple applications and redundant processes we’ve been laboring under and give us real-time insights into our business so that ultimately we can better serve our customers.”

“We decided to go with SAP Business One from by B4 Consulting because B4 Consulting knows the construction industry, and we are confident that they know how to implement this solution for our unique industry and diverse lines of business,” continued Umano. “More importantly, they’ve integrated construction business functionality that’s used in the real world. And, they’ve done it in a very fluid, easy-to-consume manner.”

Part of the mid-market solution portfolio for construction companies, SAP Business One on SAP HANA from B4 Consulting provides business insights from the back-office to the field. The solution includes capabilities for:

  • Business Development: contact management, lead tracking, estimating
  • Financials: contracts, change orders, invoices, time tracking, accounting
  • Project Management: correspondence, documentation, alerts/calendars, scheduling
  • Estimating: vendor bids, contracts, lead management
  • Job Costing: procurement, progress invoices, project financial dashboards
  • Mobile Workforce: manage and document field workforce GPS positions, receive field service acknowledgements, access video and image reference libraries

SAP Business One for mid-sized engineering and construction companies is available directly from B4 Consulting.

About B4 Consulting, Inc.

B4 Consulting integrates business processes and technologies globally for customers who want to transform their businesses with innovative on-premise and cloud-based solutions. Our team of solution architects integrates these solutions with leading systems, such as SAP® solutions, to enable business performance excellence and improved profitability. Partnering with customers throughout the U.S. and Canada, B4 Consulting has the largest practice in North America dedicated to the engineering, construction, real estate, equipment management, field services and professional services industries.www.b4-consulting.com. Follow Us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/b4consulting

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B4 Consulting is a registered trademark of B4 Consulting, Inc.

SAP, SAP Business One, SAP HANA and other SAP products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP SE (or an SAP affiliate company) in Germany and other countries. See http://www.sap.com/corporate-en/legal/copyright/index.epx for additional trademark information and notices.

All other product and service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.