Within local authorities, we are observing a comparable separation of information into different types storages where we like to refer to as “silos”. For many years now, cities and municipalities are having several ideas of implementing optimalisations to bring together all these silo processes into a case driven system. This has led to what we know as mid-office.
In fact, these mid-office applications ask for a new set-up of the current processes, while a whole range of applications is already being rolled out to support the most complex government systems and taking legislation into account. Obviously, changing these processes would demand a huge investment in terms of time, adaptation and money.
Therefore, thanks to Ometa’s expertise in integrations, we make sure that mid-office is no longer needed. This means that the existing processes and applications do not have to be changed. Instead, they are being extended with a collaboration layer. This collaboration layer enables the front-office employees to collaborate on several topics, using the information stored in the existing applications. Important to note is that the users do not need any technical knowledge of these applications, since they are enabled to collaborate in a user-friendly Microsoft front-office.
There are some great advantages to this new approach. First of all, the existing applications do not have to be migrated, which means that the big investments over the years in these products don’t have to be cut down. The processes don’t have to be changed, so run times are limited. Not only in terms of implementation, but also in user experience this is a true relieve. The back-office world of information that employees have built up through the years, can now be consulted directly through the glasses of a new front-end. This results in a faster user adaptation.
To show these advantages in a real life situation, we started with a Proof of Concept (POC) with the City of Mechelen. Their IT department was able to do the configuration completely independently, with Ometa only playing a guiding role of and giving support. Next to Mechelen, also the OCMW’s of Hasselt, Turnhout, Genk, Brasschaat and Sint-Pieters-Leeuw were involved.
The result of the POC is very much appreciated. Not only the result that processes and existing applications do not have to be changed, but also the fact that the Ometa framework is easily configurable, made it clear to Cipal that this way of working could be interesting for other municipalities as well. Therefore, Cipal will offer this solution, which has been the result of the co-creation, to its customers. That way, other local governments will be able to enrich their application for social services.
Fokker GKN has selected Ometa to disclose its ERP data in realtime. Nowadays, information is being locked in separate systems, far away from the end-users. Therefore, the goal is to unlock all different systems that the company is using (Infor ERP and Enovia PDM), to bring the relevant information together and to integrate it into the production floors. In other words, to bring back information to those employees who need it.
A big challenge was to share knowledge by building a task-directed system which is dependent on the planned production order, the knowledge of an operator and the instruction that has to be carried out. Therefore, to give an example: the execution of an assembly not only has to consist of the required materials, but at the same time also the actions and instructions that go with the execution.
This means specifications, drawings and actions need to be made clear in a visual way. The power of working task-directed in an industrial environment, is to do this without too much text, but mainly by means of visualization. Ometa was able to realise this project by collaborating with Vanenburg Systems and 3D Value. Via a realtime planning portal and a task-directed system, the first release is now in use by the operators for a Proof of Concept (POC).
Mainly the digital integration of the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), the ERP and the planning portal is enabling a flexible way of working that takes the knowledge of the operators into account. We can state that Fokker GKN is truly realizing the Industry 4.0 concept. At Ometa we are very delighted to be a part of this evolution!
WML is the water company in The Netherlands that is responsible for the production and delivery of drinking water in the province of Limburg. About 7 years ago, WML rearranged all of its logistic, financial, service and project processes and the company has conducted a migration from Baan IV to SAP. Nowadays, WML is still working with a well provisioned ERP system in which they work by means of projects and they have also laid the foundations for managing their processes in a structured way in SAP in the future.
In a following project, WML is now structuring their documents by implementing SharePoint as a Document Management System (DMS). The structure inside SAP is used as a basis and it also remains leading. Subsequently, Ometa creates a bridge between, in this case, SAP and SharePoint. This means that not only information such as tenders, orders and projects are being enclosed, but also all unstructured documents like quotations, drawings and meeting reports.
Unique about this integration, is that all these unstructured documents are directly being linked to the process in SAP. It makes sure that a dynamic file comes into existence that is being driven from within SAP. The processes in SAP are leading and therefore they give direction to the cases.
Ometa itself is based on SAP BAPI’s and does not have its own data storage layer. In fact, the integration with SAP is being conducted realtime. Just like Uber is the taxi company that does not have taxi’s, Ometa is the integrator without owning data between SAP and other systems. Ometa provides the right information, in the right context, to the right people at the right time. This integration happens based on a SAP certified SAP connector.
On the 28th of January Ometa hosts an event together with Portiva and Microsoft. This event will take place from noon till 6pm at the Microsoft offices in Schiphol. The speakers at the event will be Marco Faasse from Microsoft, Maarten Eekels from Portiva and Luc Deleu from Ometa. Focus will be on the future vision of Microsoft combined with the knowledge of consultancy, SharePoint implementations of Portiva and the ERP integrations in SharePoint of Ometa. This event will be hosted in Dutch. For further information, please scroll down to the end of the mail.
Our customer FN Herstal was the first one to gain some experience on the new concept of Building Blocks in our latest R15 release. FN Herstal bought the framework to integrate SAP and Infor in their SharePoint environment. But before starting large projects, they suggested more Building Blocks of Ometa.
The concept of Building Blocks - with the shift to Cloud concepts, Microsoft advises not to develop any code for SharePoint server side. It seems logic as those programs can't be supported in Office 365 where their upgrades may not be limited by customer specific code. To resolve this limitation, Microsoft came up with the new language 'CSOM' to configure portals remotely without having any code installed on the server. This concept was supported in the R15 release but many customers and partners asked Ometa to come with predefined 'Building Blocks', so portal changes could be done without coding. The concept was already introduced earlier this year but the amount of Building Blocks was limited. Therefore, we started a program to add more Building Blocks and set up a limited number of trainings to get more experience and feedback from our customer. This month, FN Herstal set up a first test during a training to see how easily existing SharePoint sites can be adapted with the use of the Building Blocks concepts. The first evaluations were positive. In the future these Building Blocks will become a part of our monthly free training sessions and available for all our clients.
The decision to use Microsoft as a front-end portal technology was one the success factors of Ometa. But last year, many suggestions came to support our concept for other platforms. With the move to independent front-end data representation, we are not only able to support Office 365 but also any other portal technology. Google, Liferay, Alfresco… And other portal vendors are all using the same common presentation technology stack. Together with Thomas More High school, a project was started to use our technology within a Google environment. Ometa will set up one of its portals using the Google framework. This as a showcase on how one integration solution can go seamlessly to another front-end layer.
Ometa is not only specialized in bringing structured data to the SharePoint-portal world but also to interface documents. It started with stored documents in ERP and making them available in SharePoint. But having such a strong document management interface, it became clear that interfacing towards archiving systems might be a solution for many of our clients. Our integration with archiving systems as HP Trim and BCT Corsa showed the possibilities to support a full document lifecycle, even in environments where complex archiving rules are applicable.
Ometa became an official SAP partner this year, after a successful worldwide certification process. The past 5 years, Ometa has built many solutions which are implemented worldwide in various ERP products like Baan (Infor LN), Mapics, Bpics, Movex, Axapta and Oracle. Based on many years of experience in the SharePoint market, many solutions at customer side could be standardized which leads to basic templates. These templates often have an 80 to 90 percent fit in specific markets and can reduce the implementation of SharePoint drastically. After the certification process, we immediately started to support our standard SharePoint templates on the latest interface. If you have any questions on the available solutions for SAP you can contact
In the past few months Paris was often in the news in a positive and a less positive context. For Ometa we can associate mainly positive feelings thanks to a successful Inforum Europe. Ometa was represented with a big booth and also had the opportunity to speak for many of its large size customers. Due to many years of experience in the Infor market we were able to show a number of impressive demo's which led to the attention of many European Infor customers. The only improvement we should make for next year is to provide larger meeting rooms and Hubs, as not all interested people could find a seat.
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