»fme was a great help to us in developing and carrying out an innovation workshop that allowed us to bring greater structure to our ideas and the available options regarding a new business model. During the workshop, we brainstormed and worked to further hone our vision, leaving us in the end with a clearly defined roadmap. fme did an excellent job in flexibly responding to our needs over the course of the workshop. Never once did we lose track of the ultimate goal at hand. The workshop followed a detailed plan, with great and useful flipcharts and Metaplanpin boards to round it off.«
(Christian Decker, CEO KLOECKNER DESMA Schuhmaschinen GmbH)
We help you to optimally deploy the technologies you are currently using within existing business models. The aim here is to put your business on solid foundations and push its digitization.
Only after completing step one, we move on to step two. Here we examine your existing business models, in order to raise your digital transformation to the next level, while working with you to develop future-proof business and technology strategies.
In both phases we help you to ensure the success of the derived measures by combining latest consulting techniques with project and program management. Our expertise in life sciences and industrial manufacturing means that we speak your language and grasp the challenges you face.
We present our ideas how to improve your competitive power
We help you to identify projects that could be optimized by IT: Return on Investment considerations, process mapping and –analysis, process optimization through information technology. We govern your IT projects: Program- & Project Management
We create the conditions for a smooth and a high quality implementation of IT systems: requirements specification, functional specification, interface design, ergonomics
We implement your IT projects based on high quality and include our nearshore development center in Romania for cost efficiency
We ensure the successful rollout of your IT projects
We run your IT solutions cost efficiently and reliably, if you like with our nearshore development center in Romania
… share the same values!
Enterprise Content Management (ECM) contains all of the technologies you need to capture, manage, save, maintain, and deploy your content and data. It also expressly includes popular technologies such as input management, document management, collaboration, Web content management, workflow, business process management, output management, storage, and electronic archiving. At the same time, ECM goes above and beyond these technologies.
We provide platform-independent support to ensure a successful design process, flawless rollout, and efficient usage. Of course, we take all relevant factors such as company strategy, corporate culture, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability into account along the way. We take special care to find the platform best suited to your specific requirements, whether it means using the market leader’s product or an open source solution. Together, we’ll find the perfect match!
With OpenText Documentum OpenText provides one of the most comprehensive and highly-integrated Enterprise Content Management platforms. OpenTexts powerful suite covers the entire information life-cycle, starting when the information is captured or created all the way through its archival and eventually disposal. During the life of a document the ECM technologies empower user to collaborate, manage access, distribute and control information securely in various ways.
Especially when facing huge amounts of data, extended security requirements and the need to integrate existing systems/processes, customers will benefit from the highly advanced capabilities of the Opentext Documentum Suite. fme AG has been a partner for Documentum since 1998 and gained tremendous experience in hundreds of projects. We look forward to your challenge!
SharePoint can be used for many different purposes. The areas of application are broad and diverse – from accessing current project results for distributed teams to accessing applicable working instructions in day-to-day business, right through to providing employees with quick information on any specific issues in the workflow.
fme is familiar with the in’s and out’s of all SharePoint features and specializes in the areas of collaboration, portals, and enterprise content management.
A clear strategy and a roadmap derived from that strategy are essential in order to successfully introduce and use SharePoint – as well as any other IT system – as a portal and collaboration platform to achieve optimal support of workflows and use the relevant potential. We work together with you to develop strategies that we use to pave the way for successful implementation.
SharePoint Enterprise Content Management Strategy
We have over 15 years of experience in enterprise content management (ECM) and can provide you with comprehensive advice when it comes to compiling, processing, providing, and archiving business-critical information – frequently as documents. In connection with SharePoint, it is possible to pursue a SharePoint-based ECM strategy or integrate existing ECM or archive systems.
fme products and solutions as well as those from third parties extend the standard version of SharePoint to include high-quality EMC functions such as document and file management, Office and e-mail integration, electronic workflows, and secure document archiving. Solutions built on this basis help quickly resolve professional challenges with a high level of quality.
SharePoint Collaboration Strategy
A clear definition of collaboration services is difficult, as collaboration is an integral part of everyday work. That’s why it is even more important to develop a clear collaboration strategy that clearly structures the corresponding subject areas and services and makes it possible to manage the broad range of functional areas.
Developing this strategy is primarily based on the following steps:
We provide you with support in developing your strategy and ensuring that the resources available are used effectively and are in line with the strategy for achieving your objectives.
SharePoint Social Collaboration Strategy
Social media is a fact of life for many employees – and not just younger generations. As such, it makes sense to adapt company processes to the natural communication behavior of employees in order to simplify communication and the exchange of information.
It is possible to use Microsoft SharePoint to integrate social media into your company process without incurring high costs.
SharePoint Design, Usability, and Software Ergonomics
A high level of user acceptance is a key factor in successfully introducing and using SharePoint. However, it is only possible to achieve a high level of user acceptance by keeping track of aspects such as ergonomics and design during development.
SharePoint offers many functions and options that can only be taken advantage of when they are easy to view and understand and the user interface is visually appealing to users.
We have further developed our SharePoint products and services in a targeted manner over many years and in a large number of customer projects. Today, thousands of SharePoint users benefit daily from our approach: SharePoint with ergonomics and design. Find out more about our products and services and benefit from a high level of user satisfaction along with all of the features and options that SharePoint enables.
When your company starts using different systems in parallel, you will want to link the systems with one another sooner or later. We have developed integration and migration solutions to conveniently link data with Microsoft SharePoint.
Get in touch with us – we look forward to your challenge!
In terms of SharePoint, we have developed solutions for various different scenarios and business cases and implemented them in many customer projects. We can tailor these solutions to the needs of your company on request.
SharePoint Intranet and Portals
Individually designed portal websites provide the connection between your employees and relevant information, specialist expertise, and different applications. Microsoft SharePoint makes it easier to create and maintain portal websites for all aspects of the company and offers employees innovative methods to share their work, as well as work together with others, organize projects and teams, and find people and information.
Alfresco is the leading Open Source platform for Enterprise Content Management, offering a fully-fledged and very user-friendly alternative to the established proprietary platforms.
Alfresco’s strengths, apart from low license costs, are its modern system architecture, its straight-easy employment and its use of well-known and widely used Open Source components. Alfresco extends conventional ECM functionality by a number of highly interesting approaches, functions and interfaces derived from the Open Source community. Different versions are respectively geared towards the small- or medium-sized company (small business) and the international corporation (enterprise). Organize and optimize the business processes of your organization with Alfresco. Alfresco may easily be integrated with your corporate portals. The fme products migration-center and docspread are also easily ported to the Alfresco environment.
If you are you considering an Open Source ECM, talk to us!
The fme File Exchange Platform is a complete solution to exchange files with internal users or external collaborators. It features an interface that is clean and easy to use. Users can create file collections, upload documents and invite other to access or update these file collections. Email notifications ensure that everyone stays current with updates to the files.
The fme SmartViews Module is a solution to create web views of the documents that are stored in Alfresco. It provides the user with a grid based webpage designer that allows creating web pages from components such as html content, images, list of files, videos and more. The content is stored in the Alfresco repository and, besides a presentation as website, can also be browsed using a facetted search engine. This allows a filtering of the content by meta data and refining the search successively.
The Site Discussions Dashlets allows social style discussions like Facebook or Yammer within a Share Collaboration Site including embedded previews of external & internal links and documents.
“We were looking for ways to bring more interaction to our Alfresco Intranet. The discussion dashlet does exactly that. Topics that are important to our staff can now be shared and discussed directly on the intranet homepage (or any other site dashboard). The dashlet is intuitive, looking good and can be configured to fit our needs. Thank you FME!” (Gert Hooijer, Movisie)
fme’s Alfresco team is a well-known contributor to the Alfresco Community and project-owner of three of the top5 Alfresco modules in Alfresco’s addons portal. Our extension modules are mostly available as Open Source, so each of our clients benefits if anyone sponsors the development of new features or upgrades to new Alfresco versions and our Alfresco team members are high skilled developers and have gained deep knowledge about best practices that we’ve established in our projects and award winning modules.
Are you aware of the fact that we do not just sell our product migration-center, but we also use it ourselves on a daily basis? Actually, we have been using it from the very beginning and in thousands of different scenarios.
We incorporate more than 17 years of project experience in the field of migrating applications, content and data. Our experts have hence developed best practice methods and tools to minimize reoccurring project costs not only for ourselves but also for you.
By taking advantage of our team Migration Services, all our project experience, best practice methods as well as our direct contact with the developers of migration-center are at your disposal.
Your migration projects are in safe hands with us.
Besides our full service offering we can support your migration process in the following areas:
Depending on the specific use case, a migration can turn into a highly complex project. Besides the technical aspects that have to be taken into consideration, also the project management and communication within the enterprise can turn out to be a challenge, as multiple departments are affected and need to be coordinated. All of these success factors are in the focus of our team Migration Services.
Once you’ve found the right tool for your migration, several other questions might arise:
The fme Migration Services team supports our clients with all services related to migration projects and the product migration-center. Whether you need support in a specific area, or you want someone to take care of your entire migration project in a full service agreement, we are convinced our Migration Services team is the best choice for you.
Our team consists of software developers, project managers, migration specialists and communication experts. Through our best practice methods, short lines of communication and the nearshore fme development center we are able to provide high quality, while always keeping an eye on cost optimization.
Your one time challenge is our daily business!
… get all the information you need from one another!
Our fme BI framework provides you with valuable 360° views of your corporate data. Our clients rely on our experienced Business Intelligence (BI) consultants for their business needs, from data integration, planning, and analysis and reporting solutions to the implementation of visualization standards. In doing so they specifically benefit from our mature industry knowledge in the life sciences and manufacturing industries.
Make better decisions based on all relevant company data and figures.
… as Corporate Communication Manager
… as Human Resource Manager
… work well with one another!
Collaborate on projects with various people, teams, and groups online to optimize your communication potential. Collaboration systems facilitate the internal and external exchange of knowledge in companies. There are brand new ways to work together, exchange information, and organize projects.
Some 70 percent of a company’s operating costs are employee costs. The next step in the move toward digitalization begins here. It improves collaboration between colleagues, partners, and customers.
Social business collaboration makes a significant contribution by freeing up hidden resources and opportunities for your company, thereby leading to excellent results.
… create an ideal basis!
Cloud computing has finally arrived in companies, more and more workloads are being mapped into cloud-based infrastructures, whether in private on-prem environments in the company’s own data center or with large public cloud providers such as AWS, Azure or Google Cloud.
The offers are developing rapidly and the right decisions have to be made.
New business models geared to digital customers must be highly scalable and capable of rapidly changing within an agile process. Cloud-based software platforms respond optimally to this demand. Combined with machine learning services and/or Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, they often form the backbone of digital transformation. These can be set up quickly in a cloud-based environment and can be quickly scaled in case of a positive market response.
… completely engage with one another!
Configurable clients and predefined architectures generally provide a means for developing applications both rapidly and at low cost. However, there are many use cases where this approach does not work. Some scenarios are just not accommodated by any existing standard software, or the effort of meeting the requirements is simply too great. And when it comes to performance, design, and usability, the capabilities do not always satisfy the users’ needs.
What should you do if nothing on the rack will fit? This is where the customized solutions from fme enter the stage.
The more complex your business processes, the bigger the potential benefits you can derive from investing in customized software:
We have been developing customized customer solutions for 25 years. Here is a shot abstract of current customer projects
The Journey from Use Case through to Live Application
The very first step is to perform a comprehensive analysis to ensure that the final solution meets all expectations. Joint workshops are held to identify the use cases, derive the corresponding specialist requirements, and document our findings in the specification. The results serve as the basis for formulating a solution concept, in close cooperation with the IT department and software architects, that describes the technical implementation.
The software is developed according to strict quality criteria, and the process is safeguarded using automated and manual tests. We produce transparent results and can react instantly to new or altered requirements, thanks to using the agile SCRUM development method. We are also happy to provide installation support in your system landscape and assist users in getting familiar with the new software. Our experts even support your project communication effort to ensure the overall success of the project.
Design & Usability
Design and usability are key factors that determine how well an application is accepted and how efficiently it can be used. If required, we include a local design agency in the process as early as the design stage. User acceptance tests carried out during the development stage ensure that the concept is effective.
We employ the latest technologies and standards available for programming languages, frameworks, and architectures. We make design decisions in consultation with your software architects to ensure the solution turns out a perfect fit. The use of established open source code and commercial libraries speeds up the development process and allows us to craft business applications that meet your high expectations.
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We have a good handle on the development process using:
We are familiar with the target systems for your software:
We answer your data storage needs based on the following databases:
We check your software for:
In times of enormous cost pressure, modern software systems help to analyze and then minimize costs, but at the same time development of and support for new applications is a signifi cant block of costs which is always causing headaches for the decision makers. The major task is to reduce the two most important factors time and money so that the software project can be implemented fast and at low cost. The solution: Minimize your initial project costs, shorten project runtimes and lower your operating costs permanently – include experts of our nearshore team in Romania!
Is shortage of skilled labor also one of your concerns? Since July 2005 our 100% subsidiary company fme SRL, a nearshore center in Cluj/Romania, offers you their expert services. The highly qualifi ed and also German speaking team members do not only support us with our internal product development but also work together with us in our customer projects around the world. With our nearshore center we are offering you a budget-friendly way for your individual software development. Our experienced nearshore model ensures high quality even in complex projects.
We have been developing customized customer solutions for 25 years. Learn more about our fully proprietary developments:
… move things together!
It is becoming critically important for companies to be flexible and react to external changes quickly, especially in times of rapidly spreading digitization. A successful culture change significantly depends on your employees. Whether you succeed or fail ultimately comes down to your team’s readiness to take on change.
Our fme Communication Services team provides the link between technology and people. We are your point of contact when it comes to IT communications and consulting and human change management. With our expertise, we are there to assist and support you with appropriate communication measures – from analysis and planning to its implementation.
By combining new technical possibilities with corporate culture change, you succeed in sustainably establishing new business models.
The costs of operating and maintaining ECM applications can easily take up a large proportion of a company’s total allotted IT budget. Moreover, these support tasks often take up company employees’ time and require external consultants – the company would be far better off if these resources could be allocated to developing long-needed IT innovations instead. Specialists with the required qualifications are few and far between, and therefore often unsustainably expensive to hire, particularly for smaller installation projects.
Let us take over support and maintenance of your ECM applications. Benefit from quick, quality expert service and costs that are transparent and easy to plan at all times.
Application Management Services for OpenText Documentum Applications
The outsourcing of support and maintenance for your Documentum applications improves the quality of your services and allows you to maintain firm control over the costs for ongoing operations. Take advantage of our expertise combined with cost-effective nearshore services to reduce your operating costs to a sustainable level.
Application Management Services for the Life Sciences Industry
IT departments of the life sciences industry are facing enormous challenges, for example, with recent mergers & acquisitions and the complexity of systems and applications. To reduce this impact, fme offers a comprehensive package to support content-records management and shared collaboration environments.