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Reading, United Kingdom – 10th of April, 2017 – Invenio announced today, that its office based in Delhi, has been awarded the ISO 27001:2013 certification.

In order to receive the ISO 27001:2013 certification, Invenio needed to meet specific requirements.  ISO 27001:2013 is the international standard for Information Security Management Systems (ISMS). ISMS consists of a set of policies and procedures for methodically managing the security of organisation’s sensitive data. It minimises the risks and protects not only the company’s information, but clients, partners and employee’s information.

As a part of the ISO 27001:2013 certification, Invenio went through a detailed audit of the IT infrastructure and Facility Management, Human Resources, Delivery and Procurement departments. The audit aimed to review and approve the implementation of Invenio’s ISMS, including methods of risk assessment and treatment. It demonstrated that Invenio’s ISMS implementation effectively meets ISO 27001:2013 standards, and regulatory requirements. The certification provides confidence to both customers and employees and customers with the confidence that Invenio has a secure system for the exchange and storage of information. It is a step towards building a culture of security throughout the whole organisation. Due to the efficiency of Invenio’s team, the whole process was completed in much shorter period compared to minimum six months that it usually takes.

Invenio’s Chief Operating Officer, Arun Bala, commented: “We are extremely happy that we were able to achieve this certification in such a short time. It is a milestone in our quality journey and the next step for us would be to certify all of the other Invenio offices.”

 

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 About Invenio: Invenio Business Solutions is an award-winning company, headquartered in Reading, UK, which solves complex business challenges with technology based solutions. The company has experience and expertise in public sector (tax and revenue management), media, entertainment, technology, public sector, manufacturing and logistics and pharmaceuticals. Formed in 2006 Invenio has subsidiary offices in Germany, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, India and USA with a 450-strong workforce.

 About ISO: The International Organisation for Standardisation is an independent, non-governmental international organisation. It consists of 162 national standards bodies, which bring together their experts, who share knowledge and develop market relevant International Standards. ISO has published 21554 International Standards and related documents, covering almost every industry, from technology, to food safety, to agriculture and healthcare.

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Invenio’s customer, the Department of General Authority of Zakat and Tax (GAZT), Saudi Arabia, won Gold in the Business Transformation category in MENA region

Reading, United Kingdom – 12th of January, 2016 – The GAZT project took the Gold SAP Quality Award for 2016 in the Business Transformation category following the successful implementation of Tax and Revenue Management solution by Invenio. The project started in 2014, as a part of a three year plan to develop and modernise the Zakat and Tax Automation System.

The SAP Quality Awards acknowledge and distinguish customers who have excelled in the implementation of SAP software solutions. The main requirement was to use SAP’s ten quality principles to complete an effective, fast, low cost implementation, with simplified business processes and deliver significant business benefits to the organisation. Through becoming a Gold Winner in MENA, GAZT’s nomination will automatically proceed to the regional SAP EMEA Quality Awards 2016, which will be shortlisted this month.

Invenio was chosen to lead the implementation of the GAZT project, after a comprehensive selection process, competing with companies such as Oracle and Bull SAS, the incumbent system providers. The project was a challenge due to the poor quality of data and the need for extensive training of 1200 tax officers. Ten GAZT offices across Saudi Arabia went live at the same time, just a month before the tax collection peak period, which required fast and precise teamwork. However, both GAZT and Invenio had a high level of confidence in the system, which handled the peak load comfortably and the tax collection targets were achieved.

Now that the system has been updated, GAZT tax officers no longer have to process paper-based returns, as these were successfully transferred to the new system leading to faster and more accurate processing. Through the completion of this project, the Tax and Revenue Management solution became the first system in the world where a tax return system is available across all mobile devices.

Invenio’s Managing Director, Partho Bhattacharya, commented: “We are happy to hear that our customer, GAZT, received this prestigious award. Congratulations and thank you for the opportunity to work together. We hope that our future projects will gain the same success. In 2017 we will continue with the hard work through following our main value of being committed to our customers.”

Reading, UK – 16th of December, 2016 – Invenio Business Solutions announced today, the signing of their newest contract with the Ministry of Economy and Planning in Saudi Arabia. Invenio will be responsible for the implementation of Excise and Value Added Tax to their existing state-of-the-art technology SAP Tax & Revenue Management system at the Department of General Authority of Zakat and Tax (GAZT).

Two years ago, GAZT and Invenio started the implementation of a commercial off-the-shelf SAP based Tax & Revenue Management system. The new solution replaced the legacy system and went live in March this year. Through it, GAZT is now benefiting from a modernised and more effective business process, which supports the organisation with different functionalities. The solution currently helps the successful collection of Zakat, Income Tax, and Withholding Tax. The success of this project was a key factor in their decision to include VAT and Excise tax into the same modernised system. This is possible, because the system is scalable, and it will provide a single view of the taxpayer for all tax types.img-20161206-wa0009

The Ministry of Economy and Planning of Saudi Arabia, deployed a consulting firm, which had to evaluate all possible options for the implementation of Excise and VAT. After a six-month period of deliberations, Invenio Business Solutions was appointed as the best company for the project.

Invenio’s Global Head of Public Sectors Sales, Sunil Srivastava, said: “It is a great honour for us to be a part of the Saudi 2030 vision and work with the Government on this critical project for generating Non-Oil Revenue. It also brings with it a huge responsibility to implement the system by the start of 2018.”

Invenio will implement and provide one year of support services once the project is live. The new tax types are expected to generate USD 10 billion of annual tax revenue for the Saudi Government, starting from 2018.

*On the photo are His Excellency Saleh Al-Awaji and Partho Bhattacharya after signing the contract

Across industries we are seeing consumers become more demanding of personalised products and services that meet their needs, and this is now expected. While some industries are quicker to respond to this, research by SAP, the Manufacturing Success report, found that manufacturers are falling behind, with 80% agreeing they could be more customer-centric with their approach and product development.

Traditionally, moManufacturing SAPst supply chains were designed from the factory outwards and focused on optimising supplier operations, particularly in terms of cost and efficiency. The rules of competition are changing though – customers are more demanding, products are more easily copied and markets are commoditised.

UK manufacturers are still grappling with this increasing customer complexity and changing competition. In order to truly succeed and grow therefore, embracing customer demands, and putting them at the heart of everything manufacturers do is key.

Here are three things which manufacturers must do in order to succeed in the customer driven economy.

Better understanding of customer base

If manufacturers are to effectively serve customers beyond core products they offer, they must look to build a better understanding of their customer base.

It’s not just about understanding the customer themselves – what they do, and the challenges they face – but it’s also about having deep knowledge of the industry in which they operate.

This will not only help to solve short time crises but through a consultative and integrated approach, this will also mean they can better support in the long term, planning for growth and strategic change. At Invenio Solutions for example, we have extensive knowledge of SAP solutions which enables us to provide tailored SAP support.

Add value

The SAP research highlights one of the biggest shifts that manufacturers expect to see in customers over the next two years is demand for added-value services (67%).

Can you quickly adapt products to meet customer needs? Do you have the expertise and knowledge to make recommendations? Are you available to support 24/7? These are all worth considering when taking a customer first approach – by being flexible, available and positioned as the expert, customers will feel that they are getting an added value experience.

Increase transparency

Customers demand supply chain transparency according to the research which highlights that almost half of manufacturers are expecting this to be a number one priority as we move through this year.

By consolidating suppliers, and being more open and transparent, manufacturers will quickly build trust with customers. Fewer, better relationships mean a value-added consultancy service can be provided which shifts away from the commoditised, ‘race to the bottom’ model which fewer demand.

By creating whole new systems of value for customers that will help secure long term relationships and provide competitive differentiation, the lines between manufacturing and service industries are blurring.

If you would like more information about Invenio’s SAP solutions call us today on +44 (0)330 440 1800, or complete our online enquiry form for further information.

Invenio Business Solutions, a SAP Gold Partner in the UK, announced today, in conjunction with SAP USA, that Invenio Business Solutions is now officially an approved partner of SAP in the USA and part of the SAP PartnerEdge Programme, the USA.

The addition of Invenio Business Solution to the partner programme of SAP USA will enable customers in the USA to engage SAP’s solutions along with Invenio’s award winning business systems expertise in Media and Entertainment, the Public Sector and Manufacturing sectors. Invenio will also provide SAP support, value-added business solutions, upgrade, enhancement, and maintenance of SAP’s suite of solutions across SAP’s portfolio of business applications and analytics software; SAP HANA, SAP ERP, SAP Business Suite, SAP Business Intelligence; SAP Mobile Solutions, and SAP Hybris for Commerce.

Invenio Business Solution Inc. President Partho Bhattacharya said, “SAP customers in the USA, can now  gain access to our delivery team of over 350 business consultants, with deep experience in the delivery of business solutions in our chosen industries. Our philosophy is to collaborate with our clients, in the delivery of customer-centric solutions, that address their ongoing business needs and objectives.

Our recent, re-certification, in Europe, as a SAP Partner Centre of Expertise (PCOE), for the third time in a row, is a demonstration of our commitment to the continuous enhancement our knowledge of the SAP portfolio. Our continued investment in the development of high-performance delivery teams, through the certification of our consultants and solutions managers, keep us at the leading edge of innovative solutions, especially in Media industry.”

About Invenio Business Solutions 

Invenio Business Solutions is an award-winning Business System Provider, headquartered in Reading, UK. The company supports customers in the government, media, and manufacturing sectors, in areas that include industry-specific enterprise resource planning (ERP) focussed on SAP tax and revenue management, IS-Media, SAP business intelligence & big data, SAP mobility, Hybris eCommerce, CRM and Enterprise integration services. Formed in 2006, the company has subsidiary offices in India, Germany, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and the U.S.A. Throughout its history, Invenio has grown rapidly, organically and profitably. Invenio is a constituent of The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 for 2012, 2013 and 2014. Invenio is a SAP Gold partner and recipient of numerous awards from SAP, including EMEA Regional Partner Excellence Award 2014 in the category “Database & Technology” for its work with SAP HANA®. The SAP consultancy is accredited for SAP’s global partner quality program and is certified for ISO 9001, a quality management system based on the principles of a customer focused, process approach and continuous improvement.

 

About SAP

SAP SE, formerly AG, is a provider of application and analytics software for enterprises in mobile enterprise management. SAP is an enterprise cloud company. As of December 31, 2014, the Company has more than 282,000 customers in over 180 countries. The Company offers solutions-based on its SAP HANA platform combines database, data processing, and application platform capabilities in-memory.  It also provides capabilities, such as predictive text analytics, special processing, and data virtualisation.  The Company offers application software to around 25 industries in six industry sectors and 12 business lines, including consumer, discrete manufacturing, energy and natural resources, financial services, public services and other services. Through Sapphire Ventures, Sapphire Ventures invests in global capital funds, as well as early-stage venture capital funds in enterprise and consumer technology.

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Mumbai, Dehli and Hyderabad centres meet international quality management systems standards (QMS).

Invenio Business Solutions, are delighted to announce the re-certification of our technology hubs in India, for ISO 9001:2008. The certificate, renewed annually, was first issued to our centres in India, in September 2015 by Det Norske Veritas Germanischer Lloyd (DNV.GL).  This year the recertification, was successfully completed on the June 20th, 21st, and 22nd respectively.

The quality management system ISO 9001:2008 audit, obligates an organisation to demonstrate the capability to provide products and services, that abide by customer, statutory and regulatory requirements. The quality management system (QMS), ensures high levels of customer satisfaction are maintained through continuous process and systems improvements.

The ISO 9001:2008 is a model for quality management systems that highlights the effectiveness of processes within a business. The quality standard provides an iterative approach to process improvement, emphasising a specific set of conditions, that an organisation must adhere to; value add, improve process performance and effectiveness, and deliver continued improvement to objective measurements.

The requirements are generic, are applicable to all organisations, irrespective of the nature of business conducted, the size and scope of commercial operations and the services delivered.

Re-certification provides our customers in Media and Entertainment, Government and Manufacturing with an assurance. In the capabilities of our business consultants to partner with our customers, on projects, that mitigate risk, whilst leveraging their technological infrastructure and operations to enable sustainable business growth and profitability.

The audit conducted by the independent international body, Det Norske Veritas Germanischer Lloyd (DNV.GL) confirms Invenio Business Solutions technology hubs in Mumbai, Dehli and Hyderabad, deliver consistent and reliable services, that meet the appropriate internationally recognised standards and our determination to exceed our customer expectations, maintain high levels of customer satisfaction, and the ongoing development of our commercial relationships.

 

About Invenio Business Solutions

Invenio Business Solutions is an award-winning Business System Provider, headquartered in Reading, UK. The company supports customers in the government, media and manufacturing sectors, in areas that include industry-specific enterprise resource planning (ERP) focussed on SAP tax and revenue management, SAP business intelligence & big data, SAP mobility, Hybris eCommerce, CRM and Enterprise integration services. Formed in 2006, the company has subsidiary offices in India, Germany, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and the U.S.A. Throughout its history, Invenio has grown rapidly, organically and profitably. Invenio is a constituent of The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 for 2012, 2013 and 2014. Invenio is an SAP Gold partner and recipient of numerous awards from SAP, including EMEA Regional Partner Excellence Award 2014 in the category “Database & Technology” for its work with SAP HANA®. The SAP consultancy is accredited for SAP’s global partner quality program and is certified for ISO 9001, a quality management system based on the principles of customer focus, process approach and continuous improvement.

About Det Norske Veritas Germanischer Lloyd (DNV.GL) 

DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We provide classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. We also provide certification services to customers across a wide range of industries. Operating in more than 100 countries, our professionals are dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

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Invenio Business Solutions achieves SAP Partner Centre of Expertise certification

IQ Winnersh, READING, UK – Monday the 23rd of March 2016

Invenio Business Solutions is an SAP Gold Partner and award winning business system provider, headquartered in Reading, UK. Invenio achieved re-certification, for the third time in a row, as an SAP Partner Centre of Expertise (PCOE).

The Partner Centre of Expertise certification is a rigorous audit, conducted every two years, of a partner’s operational and delivery capabilities. It includes a rigid set of parameters, centred around technical and compliance issues; encompassing support staff and processes and technical infrastructure.

The (PCOE) certification authorises Invenio Business Solutions to deliver, first and second level support for SAP Business Suite, SAP Business All-In-One, SAP Analytics and SAP HANA customers, seeking the services of an application and solution consultancy, during implementation and maintenance of SAP products and solutions.

The re-certification proves our commitment, at Invenio Business Solutions, to SAP’s vision; of ensuring that, the partner community’s delivery team of consultants, conform to the technical and organisational standards of SAP.

Invenio’s customer-centric approach is to deliver exceptional services and solutions to our customers around the world, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This exceptional service record of Invenio enabled us to retain each and every customer we ever acquired in the 9 years of Invenio Business Solutions history. In our history of existence, we have never lost a customer.

Our continued investment in the development of high-performance delivery teams, through the certification of our consultants and solutions managers in SAP technologies; SAP HANA, SAP Business- All-in-One; SAP Business Intelligence; SAP Mobile solutions, and SAP CEC commerce forms the initial stage of their journey in service excellence.  The creation of a test environment in our in-house laboratories, for SAP HANA and UI technologies further enables us to deliver ground-breaking solutions.

Read more about the SAP Partner centre of expertise here

About SAP

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About Invenio Business Solutions

Invenio Business Solutions is an award-winning Business System Provider, headquartered in Reading, UK. The company supports customers in the government, media and manufacturing sectors, in areas that include industry-specific enterprise resource planning (ERP) focussed on SAP tax and revenue management, SAP business intelligence & big data, SAP mobility, Hybris eCommerce, CRM and Enterprise integration services. Formed in 2006, the company has subsidiary offices in India, Germany, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and the U.S.A. Throughout its history, Invenio has grown rapidly, organically and profitably. Invenio is a constituent of The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 for 2012, 2013 and 2014. Invenio is an SAP Gold partner and recipient of numerous awards from SAP, including EMEA Regional Partner Excellence Award 2014 in the category “Database & Technology” for its work with SAP HANA®. The SAP consultancy is accredited for SAP’s global partner quality program and is certified for ISO 9001, a quality management system based on the principles of customer focus, process approach and continuous improvement.

 

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The prestigious award was received in the Fast Delivery category for the successful application of SAP ERP, IS-Media and Broadcast Solution

Reading, United Kingdom – 24th of March 2016 – It was announced today that the Kenyan media conglomerate, The Standard Group (TSG), won the Bronze SAP Quality Award in the Fast Delivery category, following the implementation of SAP ERP and IS-Media solution, implemented by Invenio. The project continued for just 6 months and led to the successful transition from a manually operated system to a fully automated business. The award was achieved due to the quick and cost-efficient implementation of the SAP ERP solution to TSG.

The SAP Quality Awards are given every year to customers for successful implementations and delivery excellency of SAP solutions. For a customer to receive an award, the requirement is to use SAP’s ten quality principles to complete an effective, fast, low cost implementation, with simplified business processes and deliver significant business benefits to the organisation.

In the TSG project, Invenio played a central role as lead implementation partner and continues to provide ongoing technical support. The integration to a fully automated system has successfully streamlined the sales and returns process for TSG. This led to the significant reduction of the fraud and revenue leakages which TSG was experiencing. The application of the SAP solutions also helped the centralisation of the customer and vendor information, so they could provide a more focused customer service experience. It also reduced data maintenance to free up time for TSG employees to focus on important tasks that drive growth. Through the centralised SAP credit management solution, which Invenio implemented, TSG now has complete visibility across every line of business. This is especially important in tracking outstanding customer debt which was negatively impacting the business. By automating its business processes, TSG now has full visibility and can make informed decisions based on accurate data.

Arun Bala, Chief Operating Officer, Invenio comments, “We want to congratulate our customer, The Standard Group, for winning this internationally recognised award. It was a pleasure for Invenio to work with them and we are looking forward to future projects.”

Orlando Lyomu, Group Finance Director & Chief Operations Officer – Support Services, comments, “We, at The Standard Group Limited, are proud to have emerged as Bronze winners in the Fast Delivery category. That we achieved this after competing against the best in Africa, speaks to the hard work and dedication that went into the project. A big appreciation goes to the teams that worked tirelessly to ensure the project was a success”.

Invenio completes first phase of a three year project to increase revenue, interconnect various government agencies, reduce fraud and provide greater visibility for the Department of ZAKAT and Income Tax, Saudi Arabia

IQ Winnersh, READING, UK – 22nd of March 2016 Invenio today announced successful implementation of SAP’s Tax and Revenue Management solution for the Department of ZAKAT and Income Tax (DZIT), Saudi Arabia. The three year project,  began in 2014 to develop and modernise its automation systems for Zakat and Tax Automation System (ZTAS).

Following a comprehensive selection process, DZIT chose Invenio to lead the implementation, over BULL SAS and Oracle Inc. due to its proven SAP expertise, project execution methodology and attitude to working. Invenio committed to an aggressive project plan to ensure the complex implementation of the solution was delivered within budget so DZIT can start deriving return on investment.

Now that the system is live across the nation’s Tax and Zakat payer base, DZIT will be able to collect and manage taxes more efficiently, and with greater visibility. As a result DZIT has already prevented a number of fraud cases that would historically have been unidentified.  The new system is also enabled online for mobile users to manage their tax affairs from any device.

Partho Bhattacharya, Managing Director, Invenio Solutions commented: “We are delighted to have successfully implemented SAP Tax Revenue and Management to help DZIT deploy appropriate Zakat and tax management flexibly across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. While still in the early days of go live, the ROI already being received proves the importance of modernising infrastructure to gain greater visibility and ultimately increase revenue. This is an example of successful deployment of British skills in the world  stage.”

Looking forward, Invenio is in the process of  implementing, Fraud Management and Predictive Analysis on SAP HANA to further prevent fraud by introducing deeper validations and better understand past behaviours and trends to provide more reliable identification of suspicious cases in the future.

About Invenio

Invenio Business Solutions is an award-winning Business System Provider, head quartered in Reading, UK. The company supports 45 customers in the government, media and manufacturing segments, in areas that include industry-specific enterprise resource planning (ERP), tax and revenue management, business intelligence, big data, mobility, CRM and integration solutions. Formed in 2006, the company has subsidiary offices in India, Germany, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and the U.S.A. Throughout its history, Invenio has grown rapidly, organically and profitably. Invenio is a constituent of The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 for 2012, 2013 and 2014. Invenio is a SAP Gold partner and recipient of numerous awards from SAP including EMEA Regional Partner Excellence Award 2014 in the category “Database & Technology” for its work with SAP HANA®.  Invenio is also accredited for SAP’s global partner quality program. For more information visit: http://invenio-solutions.com

About DZIT

The Department of Zakat and Income Tax (DZIT) was established per Ministerial Resolution no. 394, dated 7/8/1370 H. (14/06/1951). The mission of DZIT is briefly to administer and collect zakat on commercial goods from Saudi individuals and companies and from individuals and companies of GCC states subject to the same treatment like Saudis, and to administer and collect tax from non-Saudi individuals doing business in the Kingdom, resident Saudi companies on shares of non-Saudi partners, and non-resident companies doing business in the Kingdom through a permanent establishment or deriving income from  a source in the Kingdom.
The Head-office of DZIT is in Riyadh. There are ten field-offices that report to the Head-office; the field-offices are located in Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Makkah, Madinah, Taif, Qassim, Abha, Tabuk and Al-Ihsa. In addition, there are sections in the Financial Offices to collect zakat and tax in regions and districts with no DZIT field-offices.

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UK manufacturers must take note of the focus on innovation following Sturgeon’s announcement

Following the news that Nicola Sturgeon has committed to a centre of excellence for manufacturing in Scotland, manufacturers in the UK as a whole should take note of the focus on technology and innovation to increase growth and narrow the current skills gap.

Partho Bhattacharya, MD and President of Invenio, has commented on the importance of addressing new technologies to get ahead in manufacturing:

“With recent data from the Office for National Statistics having shown that UK industrial output suffered its sharpest monthly drop in three years, manufacturers need to constantly evolve operations to achieve growth. Nicola Sturgeon’s commitment to launching a manufacturing centre of excellence in Scotland is a great way to drive innovation and address the skills gap currently affecting the sector.

“In an increasingly volatile climate, manufacturing companies who do not utilise the advice and technology available to modernise operations will quickly fall behind. It is therefore reassuring to see that the Scottish Government is implementing a strategy for the manufacturing sector which focuses on working with companies to assess the benefits of new technologies, and encourage their take-up.

“Whilst this initiative is focussed on Scotland, manufacturers across the UK should always seek to achieve constant innovation, whether that’s driven internally or through partnering with third party experts. Whilst it’s not possible for centres of excellence to be launched everywhere in the UK, with the right knowledge and advice, expert partners can help manufacturers to utilise technology to drive efficiency and growth.”

To read the full article, please visit: http://www.manufacturingglobal.com/peopleskills/677/UK-manufacturers-must-take-note-of-the-focus-on-innovation-following-Sturgeons-announcement

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Join Invenio Business Solutions at eWorld Procurement & Supply to understand how to increase visibility across spend

UK, 25th February 2016 – Gaining greater visibility across spend will be a hot topic at the upcoming eWorld Procurement & Supply event, on 2nd March at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London. Join Invenio Business Solutions at 12.45pm in the Albert Room, Level 2, to hear from Kedar Patwardhan, Account Director, on how you can control your maverick spend with Invenio’s SAP Procure-to-Pay Solution.

In today’s world, organisations need to empower employees to make important purchasing decisions; however, it cannot be at the cost of internal controls. While SAP is a great tool for internal controls, some organisations find it inflexible and too cumbersome to use. During his speaker slot, Kedar will provide tips on how you could find the right balance to utilise the strength of SAP in a very flexible, user-friendly tool.

During the session, you can expect to:

  • Learn how a large media company has successfully implemented a single procure-to-pay solution across the globe
  • Learn how you can control your maverick spend and increase complete visibility across the process
  • How to get your buyers to ‘love SAP’ with a multi-platform, user-friendly Procurement solution

To find out more, please contact Kofo Are, Head of Marketing, Invenio Business Solutions (kofo.are@invenio-solutions.com).

 

About Invenio

Invenio Business Solutions, is an award-winning SAP Gold Partner, with over 430 employees, located across Europe, Asia-Pacific, USA and Africa. We offer innovative SAP solutions and services within large and medium size enterprises. Invenio offers an essential budgeting, workflow and procurement portal solution for enterprises. We deliver SAP; implementation, upgrade, analytics, Hybris marketing solutions and Prometheus, the P2P procurement platform. In conjunction with support services, that include; SAP application management, offshore French language support and SAP Partner Centre to customers across 5 continents. We count blue chip, organisations such as Universal Music, Penguin Random House, Informa, News UK, and AMCo as some of our customers.

To find out more, visit: http://www.invenio-solutions.com/invenios-p2p-solution/

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According to data released by the Automotive Council and SMMT today, the success of the UK manufacturing industry is being threatened by a lack of skills. Partho Bhattacharya, MD and President of Invenio, comments on how technology and innovation can help manufacturers maintain productivity and growth during a skills crisis:

“The data released today by the Automotive Council and SMMT demonstrates that the current success of the UK car manufacturing industry is hinging on a serious lack of skills. While upskilling the workforce and ensuring the right education is key and needs to be addressed quickly, this is not going to help manufacturers who are struggling right now. To maintain productivity and growth during a crisis, businesses need to look for alternatives and lean on third-party experts for guidance. With the right know-how concerning technology and innovation, manufacturers can help minimise the impact of these kinds of pressures.

“Implementing the right technology to drive efficiency within manufacturing organisations regardless of the skills challenges experienced is essential. By putting the right technology in place to manage R&D spend, improve visibility and enhance customer service, manufacturers can better equip themselves against resource or skills shortages. Intelligent use of data and analytics is also integral to future-proofing businesses against unexpected changes in industry. By tackling these issues head-on and ensuring technology plays an important role in driving operational efficiency, car manufacturers will be able to meet demand and remain competitive as it continues on its journey to upskill the future workforce.”

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Successful Global Business Solutions firm gains Quality Management Systems standards accreditation

IQ Winnersh, READING, UK – 21 October 2015 – It is with great pride that Invenio Business Solutions announces the certification of ISO 9001:2008 accreditation, which recognises the Quality Management System standards across their business. The accreditation recognises Invenio Business Solutions’ advanced capabilities in delivering SAP implementation services, enterprise technology services, support services, add-on development services, customer engagement and commerce solutions.

The accreditation follows a stringent and rigorous quality system put in place by Invenio Business Solutions. The quality framework enables Invenio to have uniform processes across the organisation while defining and maintaining quality standards across all its delivery units and global offices. Arun Bala, Chief Operating Officer at Invenio comments “Quality is part of our DNA and we continue to strive to be fully aligned with our vision – ‘Be the most trusted and valued partner in our customer’s success’. As a strategic partner to our customers, it is only fitting that we become certified, demonstrating our unwavering commitment to a strong culture of quality.”

The latest accreditation has been granted by globally recognised DNV GL and involved a two-stage audit exercise. With this certification, Invenio Business Solutions continues to provide services that consistently meets customer statutory & regulatory requirements.

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About Invenio

Invenio Business Solutions is an award-winning Business System Provider, head quartered in Reading, UK. The company supports over 45 customers in the government, media and manufacturing sectors, in areas that include industry-specific enterprise resource planning (ERP) focussed on SAP, tax and revenue management, business intelligence & big data, mobility, CRM, eCommerce and Enterprise integration services. Formed in 2006, the company has subsidiary offices in India, Germany, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and the U.S.A. Throughout its history, Invenio has grown rapidly, organically and profitably. Invenio is a constituent of The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 for 2012, 2013 and 2014. Invenio is a SAP Gold partner and recipient of numerous awards from SAP including EMEA Regional Partner Excellence Award 2014 in the category “Database & Technology” for its work with SAP HANA®. Invenio is accredited for SAP’s global partner quality program and is certified for ISO 9001:2008, a quality management system based on the principles of customer focus, process approach and continuous improvement. For more information visit: www.invenio-solutions.com

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IQ Winnersh, Reading, UK — September 15, 2015 — Invenio Business Solutions today announced it has received accreditation for a global partner quality program by SAP AG (NYSE: SAP).The certificate was awarded by the SAP Partner Service Delivery organisation for Invenio’s demonstration of clear quality standards and processes and in recognition of quality, risk and project management framework improvements in alignment with quality principles from SAP.

Invenio is closely aligned to the key principles of quality that SAP believes to be fundamental to the success of every implementation, designed to deliver high-quality software and support while providing the right processes, tools and services to drive successful projects and delivery.

Businesses today are continually challenged to manage risk in increasingly complex projects. As a certified member of the partner quality program, Invenio will be able to help SAP customers avoid escalations, maintain profits, reduce profit dilution and improve successful delivery through the program lifecycle. In addition, the program offers a quality approach for sales processes and delivery methodologies through access to enhanced SAP channel quality templates and processes. With a distinct focus on quality deliverables, the accreditation also helps partners improve the success of bids by providing a sales differentiator from other partners through quality wording and information as well as risk mitigation activities.

“This accreditation is a credit to our team and our commitment to providing customers with a clear view of SAP’s ability to influence the success of its program,” Arun Bala, Invenio’s Chief Operating Officer,  “By using SAP quality principles, we can help ensure that our customers achieve smooth implementations as we anticipate benefits as measured against business requirements. This accreditation reaffirms the work we do to enable effective implementation of business processes using SAP solutions and to fulfill requirements to the highest standard.”

The annual partner quality plan and quarterly quality reviews form the basis for the global partner quality program by providing a way to monitor joint performance and measure success. Partners are required to submit an annual quality plan to showcase how they will improve quality in their own organisation during the year. In addition, the quarterly quality review enables joint risk monitoring via open bilateral communication as well as identifying and preventing issues. 

About Invenio Business Solutions

Invenio Business Solutions is an award-winning Business System Provider, head quartered in Reading, UK. The company supports over 45 customers in the government, media and manufacturing sectors, in areas that include industry-specific enterprise resource planning (ERP) focused on SAP, tax and revenue management, business intelligence & big data, mobility, CRM, e-commerce and Enterprise integration services. Formed in 2006, the company has subsidiary offices in India, Germany, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and the U.S.A. Throughout its history, Invenio has grown rapidly, organically and profitably. Invenio is a constituent of The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 for 2012, 2013 and 2014. Invenio is a SAP Gold partner and recipient of numerous awards from SAP including EMEA Regional Partner Excellence Award 2014 in the category “Database & Technology” for its work with SAP HANA®. Invenio is accredited for SAP’s global partner quality program and is certified for ISO 9001, a quality management system based on the principles of customer focus, process approach and continuous improvement. For more information visit: http://invenio-solutions.com

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IQ Winnersh, READING, UK –04 August 2015The Standard Media Group (TSMG), one of the largest publishing houses in Kenya selected SAP Gold Partner, Invenio Business Solutions, to implement a comprehensive SAP ERP & IS-Media solution across its organisation. The initial roll-out was completed in just six months, enabling TSMG to utilise SAP and transition its business from a manually operated system, to a fully automated business.

TSMG has dramatically increased the efficiency and accuracy of its processes. Invenio played a crucial role as lead implementation partner in the project and continues to provide ongoing technical support since the completion of the implementation.

TSMG is a modern media organisation with a diverse business portfolio, comprising traditional and new media outlets and services including, the printing and distribution of newspapers including The Standard Newspaper, the oldest newspaper in East Africa, as well as broadcasting of television and radio, and internet and outdoor services.

TSMG’s management was unable to attain a clear view on how the organisation was performing and had poor access to data with the previous manual system which was in place. Information continued to be late and lacked accurate detail leading to a poor critical decision making process and reduced profitability. For example, the business had no visibility or data about the number of sales and returns of print publications across sales outlets. It was also challenging to control revenue leakages and fraudulent activity from internal and external customers.

By automating its business processes with SAP, TSMG has been able to control these major revenue leakages, and has streamlined the sales and returns process. It also has better visibility of the number of transactions completed, increased inter-departmental efficiency through transparency and integration and introduced real time analysis to adapt its market strategy for different regions, maximising profits.

TSMG relied on Invenio’s technical expertise as an SAP Gold Partner, to ensure that the business transformation was as smooth as possible. To make this automation successful, it chose to work with a specialised SAP implementation provider with vast experience in Media. Invenio’s knowledge of the media market and its customers also provided TSMG with the right consultancy and advice to take full advantage of their business change.

Orlando Lyomu, Finance Director, Standard Media Group said, “This is a significant transition for our business. We selected Invenio Business Solutions to switch from an ineffective, manual operated system to an automated and integrated system to improve efficiency and accuracy across the group. This was made possible through having a committed and experienced partner who has an expert team available 24/7. The speed of implementation for the initial phase means we are realising the benefits of SAP even more quickly than anticipated and reducing the time to achieving ROI. The reassurance which Invenio offers us around support and maintenance also gives me great confidence that we will continue to drive the maximum benefit from our SAP investment as time progresses.”

Partho Bhattacharya, CEO, Invenio Business Solutions, commented, “Many organisations still have outdated, manual, business processes which waste time and money and are often laden with inaccuracies. In order to keep up with the competition in this day and age, both up-to-date technology and know-how surrounding the implementation is essential. We are so pleased to deliver this project in Standard Media Group, who worked very hard with us on making the project successful”.

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About Invenio

Invenio Business Solutions is an award-winning Business System Provider, head quartered in Reading, UK. The company supports 45 customers in the government, media and manufacturing segments, in areas that include industry-specific enterprise resource planning (ERP), tax and revenue management, business intelligence, big data, mobility, CRM and integration solutions. Formed in 2006, the company has subsidiary offices in India, Germany, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and the U.S.A. Throughout its history, Invenio has grown rapidly, organically and profitably. Invenio is a constituent of The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 for 2012, 2013 and 2014. Invenio is a SAP Gold partner and recipient of numerous awards from SAP including EMEA Regional Partner Excellence Award 2014 in the category “Database & Technology” for its work with SAP HANA®.  Invenio is also accredited for SAP’s global partner quality program.

About Standard Media Group

The Standard Group Limited (also The Standard Media Group) is an integrated media house headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. Its brands include The Standard newspaper, The Nairobian weekly, Publishers Distribution Services (PDS) that distributes local and international magazines and periodicals, Kenya Television Network (KTN) and KTN News Channels, Radio Maisha, Think Outdoor (billboards) and Online business under the trade name of Standard Digital. The Standard Media Group which was founded in 1902, is listed at the Nairobi Securities Exchange and has bureau offices spread throughout the country. The Group and its journalists have won numerous Journalism Excellence Awards (AJEA) sweeping several categories for print and television reporting and is also an INMA (International News Media Association) award winner for the Public Service category. Renown for some of the most cutting edge journalism, The Standard Media Group is considered the home of journalistic talent. Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke

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Invenio Solutions’ Partho Bhattacharya talks procurement, business growth, and the cloud

Tell us about your company, how long have you been in IT and what are your areas of expertise?

Invenio Business Solutions is a specialised business solutions consultancy working across a number of industries. We provide our customers with transformational and run-support work using SAP technologies and other integration tools. Our tax and revenue management systems for central government help maximise tax collection and reduce evasion and fraud management for public sector clients. We help customers in manufacturing reduce operating costs and we work in all areas of media like music and television, helping clients maximise their revenues and reduce costs. Invenio is a global business with 11 offices worldwide and we feel that transparency, building strong customer relationships and offering good value for money is essential.

I have personally been in IT for the last 30 years, working for the likes of IBM, Siemens and Tata.

What motivates you right now?

Partho_InvenioWinning customers and delivering value to them to help them grow is an exciting business to be involved in and it continues to motivate us every day. Because of this drive, we have won a number of awards for growth, quality and business success and have been included in the Sunday Times Tech Track for the last three years running. We want to continue to be recognised for delivering great customer service across our extensive client portfolio.What has been your favourite project so far?

We’ve been involved in a lot of exciting projects, so choosing one is difficult. Something I’m really proud of is an SAP based procurement portal we developed from scratch. This portal is for the media industry and we deployed it to 130,000 global suppliers. Deploying it in an integrated manner with SAP finance systems with full internal controls was a great achievement. This has delivered great value to customers every day, increasing efficiency and saving them a great deal of money.

What tech were you involved with ten years ago?

I’ve been working with business systems for well over ten years and have seen many major developments. The expansion of software capabilities, social media integration and customer facing portals has pushed the industry miles ahead of where it was a decade ago.

What tech do you expect to be using in ten years’ time?

I believe IT will become a lot more social and the difference between personal and professional use of devices will evaporate. No one will carry two mobile phones and laptops will disappear, with more people using tablets and mobile devices. We should be able to work from anywhere and the concept of offices will change for good.

Who’s your tech hero?

Bill Gates, especially because of the way he uses his personal wealth for philanthropy.

Who’s your tech villain?

It’s difficult to name one. But the overall level of piracy that has increased with developments in technology is continuing to damage the content based media industry.

What’s your favourite technology ever made? Which do you use most?

My Macbook Air. I absolutely love it.

What’s the greatest challenge for an IT company/department today?

The biggest challenge for IT departments is to understand what their roles and responsibilities are within the wider business. IT will only survive if it is able to support the business as a whole.

Apart from your own, which company do you admire the most and why?

There are a lot of great IT companies around, from start-ups to multinationals. I really admire Google, they have completely transformed our lives in the last 10 years. Now everyone knows everything!

To Cloud or not to Cloud?

Cloud. The human cost of not using cloud will slowly kill on-premise IT infrastructure. Only the biggest companies will have the choice of not using cloud in a few years.

What did you want to be when you were a child?

I wanted to be a doctor, but I was not a good enough student for that!

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IQ Winnersh, READING, UK – 05 June 2015. Invenio Business Solutions are pleased to announce the appointment of their new Global Client Director, Vijay Reddy. Vijay’s appointment will help establish the newly created Customer Management Zone within Invenio. Vijay will be responsible for managing and improving Invenio’s customer relationships across all lines of business and technology deliveries, he will also be responsible for overseeing Invenio’s strategic accounts.

Vijay brings with him over 25 years’ rich experience within global SAP consulting, 15 of those at SAP itself where he was head of global delivery, managing a team of around 2000 people across India, China and South America. He has also previously held positions with DEC, IBM and HCLTech where he managed a global team of 4,000+ consultants . Vijay has great experience in setting up and managing global consulting units to deliver IT services to customers across the world especially on SAP platform.

Commenting on his appointment, Vijay said: “I have been watching Invenio as an amazing success story over the last few years, it is well known that Invenio have a team of enormously talented SAP experts that deliver excellent SAP services and I am pleased to join the team to help increase customer relationships and help them build a better future”.

Invenio’s Managing Director, Partho Bhattacharya, concluded. “We are delighted and extremely excited to welcome Vijay to the Invenio team. Vijay will hold an important role as we go through a period of further growth and transformation. Vijay has a long track record within SAP consulting and is a well-known figure within the space. With his huge library of knowledge and skills, we will no doubt see a massive impact not only internally but for our customers as well”.

You can download the press release here

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After a busy 2014 and a progressive start to 2015, The Invenio Management Team welcomed the opportunity to indulge their staff members to some fun and relaxation at two annual retreats.

The first retreat was held in February at the palatial Mystic Valley Resort in Maharashtra and the second in April was held at the stunning Heritage Village Resort and Spa.

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Both events kicked off with a welcome meeting where everyone settled down and swiftly moved onto an awards and leadership talk. Leadership messages were given from:

Partho Bhattacharya, Managing Director

Arun Bala, Chief Operating Officer

Manish Goyal, Chief Financial Officer

Naveen Agarwal, Chief Technical Officer

After the talks, lunch was given and then the groups participated in some indoor and outdoor team building activities.

Once the activities were over, guests were invited back to their rooms to prepare for the Gala dinner and LATE night partying. We need say no more!

Why not grab yourself some free advice?

AMS2Whether you are just considering the idea, or looking to drive improvement through your SAP landscape to support your business, it’s very clear an SAP upgrade is worthy of serious consideration for any organisation seeking to reduce risk of their business operations.

An SAP upgrade could simply be a stepping stone to achieving more business value from a current SAP investment but for other organisations, the SAP upgrade is seen as a building block for a whole new system expansion into other functional areas.

Since it is often difficult to gauge the impact of an upgrade on your existing environment you will need to understand the estimated costs and effort involved, including project duration, downtime and the impact on other systems. You will also need to understand the road map, architecture and technological impact of the upgrade, and provide good understanding of what transitional services and operational support services are required.

Come along to our free SAP Upgrade education event. This event offers you the opportunity to exchange ideas for managing an upgrade and roll-out initiative, as well as actionable plans to drive innovation strategy agendas in their organisations.

Event Date: Thursday, 14th May

Time: 9:30 – 12:30

Event Address: Invenio HQ (Winnersh, Reading)

Who:  IT Directors, Operations Directors, Head of IT, Head of SAP

Agenda

9.30 – Coffee & Registration

10.00 – Introductions and agenda

10.15 –The Business Challenges & Why Upgrade?

10.45 – Coffee break

11.00 – An exclusive client success story (XP Power)

11.30 – Why choose Invenio as your preferred strategic SAP partner

12.00 –Roundtable Q&A session with leading SAP experts

12.30 – Lunch at The Caprice Restaurant and Terrace 

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IQ Winnersh, READING, UK –  March 24, 2015.  Today, we are pleased to announce we have appointed leading PR company, Octopus Group to support our growth in SAP Application Managed Services (AMS) offerings. Octopus Group was selected due to its extensive knowledge of the enterprise sector and SAP market.

In order to drive growth and raise brand awareness, Octopus Group will deliver a bespoke brand to sales campaign incorporating content marketing and a comprehensive influencer engagement plan.

Partho Bhattacharya, Managing Director of Invenio, has led its global business since 2008: “I was drawn to Octopus Group, not only for its impressive knowledge of the SAP market but also its understanding of the vision for our business. Octopus clearly has the right mind-set, expertise and understanding of our audience and through a carefully thought out campaign, they’re the right partner to support our business goals and positively impact our growth.”

The pitch was led by Octopus Group director Laura Slade, “As a business looking to drive sales through effective inbound and outbound marketing, Invenio is a perfect fit for our Brand to Sales methodology, and we’re really excited to deliver a successful campaign that drives lead generation and delivers real return for the business.”

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Invenio Helps XP Power Successfully Roll-Out SAP in their US Operations

XP Power, a leading supplier of electronic power needed to improve business performance and visibility. XP wanted to streamline their operational processes and eliminate inefficient practices.

XP called upon Invenio again for help to successfully roll-out SAP in their US operations. Watch this video with Michael Laver, President of World Wide Sales, Marketing and Executive Director at XP Power.

Invenio Help Leading Electronics Power Supplier to Upgrade to SAP ERP 6.0

XP Power, an electronic power supplier with a turnover of $170 million needed to upgrade their current SAP platform. The current system XP were running was an old 4.7 XP which was no longer supported by SAP and the costs of the software maintenance was extremely high.

Watch this interview with XP’s Operations Director, Anne Honeyman talk about the success of the upgrade project.

 

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Get in touch if you would like further information on our SAP upgrade services. Call us today on +44 (0)330 440 1800, or complete our online enquiry form.

Following on from our 1st instalment in this 2 part series, MESA continue their interview with Invenio to find out how they help their media customers understand the huge capabilities of SAP.
Interview by Chris Tribby

Invenio says that its SAP partners see savings of as much as 40%. Can you expand on that, share how the company’s solutions actually translate into real, bottom-line savings?

We helped a major newspaper group increase revenues by extending their ad-booking window by between eight and 24 hours. Our SAP solutions help their operations produce 15 million copies of a daily newspapers from 16 print locations, and to manage the financial and business operations of 25 separate legal entities.

We helped a major TV broadcaster improve its content acquisition processes across the entire broadcast portfolio, for both original and syndicated programming. Our solution helps manage the entire procure-to-pay process for 3,500-plus television programs, including series episodes, one-off programs, and movies.

We are helping a leading music publisher to standardize and streamline its global procure-to-pay processes using an innovative SAP solution that will manage over 150,000 suppliers worldwide. The self-service vendor portal and guided streamlined invoice processing has resulted in saving of thousands of man-hours in administrative tasks for the customer.

We implemented an award-winning SAP solution that offers support for financial, human resource management and management reporting for a major international search portal across their online, mobile, email subscription and e-commerce lines of business. This was one of the first SAP implementations for a pure online business.

With such a rich experience in the industry, our consultants have a head start when they start servicing our customers, resulting in better and faster issue resolution. With our experience in the industry, we have built ‘accelerators’ — pre-built solutions to address typical scenarios in media companies. This can potentially crunch the project timelines as compared to traditional partners.

Can Invenio offer some specific use cases, where media and entertainment companies made especially good use of Invenio’s offerings?

Universal Music Group (UMG) is the world’s leading music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 territories. Its business also includes Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry’s leading global music publishing operation. With the recent acquisition of EMI, Universal Music Group has consolidated its dominant position in the music market. Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.

UMG has implemented a single global instance of the SAP FICO (Finance and Controlling) solution for its financial reporting. The procurement function was, however, widely distributed across various local systems. With 7,000-plus internal users involved in the P2P process working with 130,000 suppliers across the globe, the administration and control of purchasing was highly inefficient. UMG was keen to ‘outsource’ supplier data management back to suppliers, bring in better commitment tracking with clear visibility on spend and enforce strict budget controls. Traditional SAP solutions were cost prohibitive and integration with third party tools became unmanageable. That is when UMG turned the attention to Invenio’s P2P Solution.

Invenio’s work and partnership in different aspects of Universal Music’s SAP estate has been gradual in finite increments as Universal Music grew in its confidence with Invenio’s capability.

Over the last five years, Invenio has developed a bespoke procure to pay system on SAP for Universal Music which uniquely address the requirement of simple front end interfaces, full budgetary control, complete workflow, access through web and an easy to use vendor portal particularly suited for the media industry and at the same time fully inside SAP. Invenio was given the challenge to make it work across the globe, with country specific GAAPs and languages and running this in one instance of SAP, which was delivered exactly as tasked and has now been working for three years in a very stable manner.

We built on the SAP platform requiring no integration and available at a fraction of the cost of the classical solutions, very tightly integrated with budgeting allowing the possibility for a strict enforcement of a ‘no budget, no spend’ policy. Includes easy to follow and maintain workflows to improve compliance in the entire P2P process, with a secure, Web-based tool available on mobile which pushes the responsibility for supplier data and transaction maintenance back to the suppliers in ‘self-service’ mode.

The Invenio P2P solution has now been rolled out into nine countries including four of the biggest territories for UMG: USA, Japan, Germany and France. More than 4,000 internal users are working successfully with the user-friendly solution. Supplier on-boarding has also started and has received enthusiastic response in France, USA etc. The solution will be rolled out to eight more countries in the next year covering over 90% of UMG’s global business.

With all global purchasing data in one place, UMG has better visibility on spending enabling tighter budgetary control and more effective supplier management. Supplier relationships have also improved by providing them with better visibility throughout the process. The administration burden of the P2P process has come down, saving thousands of hours of administrative tasks for the business which can now be utilized better within UMG.

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MESAlogo9In this 2 part blog series, Invenio Business Solutions media practice heads sat down with the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA) to discuss the state of SAP services for the media and entertainment industry, and the success stories of Invenio customers.

MESA discuss how Invenio Business Solutions delivers SAP solutions, services and support for the media industry. Because SAP is all Invenio does — with 75% of its global revenue coming from media customers — the company marks itself as the best in the SAP business.

Interview by Chris Tribby of MESA 
MESA: What makes Invenio’s SAP offerings stand out in the media and entertainment space?

Invenio: We’re a 100% SAP consultancy and support practice, with 75% of our global revenue coming from media customers, in the music, publishing, broadcast and advertising space. From SAP Global rollouts to small upgrades projects.

As an SAP media specialist, we really understand the challenges in the media industry — from platform convergence and digitization to shifting market dynamics, IP protection and content distribution. We focus on media as one of our core industries, which ensures best practices and insight, and we’re the proud winners of SAP’s Best Partner Award for Innovation in the media space.

We have a diverse and growing media customer base with outstanding referenceability, and our experience includes award-winning projects e.g. Best SAP Partner Implementation for our ground-breaking work at Indian Web portal Rediff.com.

Our long and distinguished list of media clients includes Star and Fox TV, Random House (a subsidiary of Bertelsmann AG), Universal Music, Eros International, Star News and Fortune Magazine, Times of India, and Rediff.com – global providers of online news and information. This wealth of industry experience helps us address many complex and diverse challenges facing the media industry. And we underpin it all with a technology practice that offers in-depth solutions expertise and service excellence.

We also understand that any media company needs a host of specialized technical solutions to work alongside SAP solution. So we also offer Enterprise Architecture Integration services to seamlessly connect various systems.

MESA: What was the reason for Invenio’s beginning, what gap in the market did the company see that needed to be filled?

Invenio: The reason for Invenio’s formation was based on customer satisfaction, the only focus. Keep the customer satisfied and be transparent when it comes to pricing.

We observed a gap in IT partners which specialize in media domain and provide SAP services. The choice available for customers was to deal with the ‘big 4 or 5’ from the industry or choose specialist company which does not necessarily have SAP expertise.

Customer focus is in the DNA of Invenio. We always strive to give unparalleled services to our customers. We are also absolutely transparent with our customers, starting from the commercial rates. In an industry which, unfortunately, has become notoriously infamous for a “get away with as much as you can’ attitude,” we provide a breath of fresh air with our honesty and transparency.

Keep an eye out for part 2 of the blog next week.

For organisations everywhere, just keeping the lights on within your support capability is no longer enough. Your IT support needs to deliver greater value to the business – optimising operations and freeing up more resources for innovation is where SAP support offerings help meet that challenge.

Do any of the following questions ring true within your organisation?

• Are you working with an SAP Partner who lack knowledge and experience?
• Are your global SAP systems difficult to maintain?
• Are you confused about managing a global SAP estate to maintain ‘business as usual’
• Do you suffer cultural and localised variances that are difficult to manage?

If yes, then read on.

As the economic outlook starts to improve even further through 2015, many executives in global organisations are, once again, thinking about expansionary strategies. This in turn, places additional demands on your SAP business systems to keep them operating optimally and respond to changing conditions, while your business seeks to capitalise on new growth prospects.

Strategic support engagement with an external provider can often feel torn between these demands.
For example, lines of business want to quickly leverage the latest technology to augment existing capabilities and support innovation, leading to constant requests for new functionality to address current business challenges. On the other hand, the finance department wants to save money and increase efficiency, resulting in never-ending efforts to minimise IT budgets.

Caught in the middle of this tug of war, IT has learned an important lesson: Finding new ways to do more with less. Easier said than done you scream! But wait, what if there is a way of increasing efficiency and shrinking the cost of daily operations?

In our experience, SAP Support provider’s need their absolute focus to ensuring support is optimal, and provide impartial advice about what new solutions and technologies will help you succeed as your business evolves. In addition, the responsibility of the relationship should be managed 24/7 without any ‘light-out’ times.

By increasing operational efficiency within the support function, it can help you reduce the percentage of IT spend leaving room for more funding of innovation projects. And wherever possible, you can unlock the value of existing investments and introduce new innovations in a swift manner that minimises risk.

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dots5,000+ products, 27 distribution centres and over 20 years of business. How did a leading manufacturer replace disparate technology systems and improve business transparency?

Team Invenio were called upon for help. The client first conducted an internal needs analysis and drew up a shortlist of potential mid-tier solutions to review. Included in that list was SAP, it was clear that the business required a tier-one system and it was decided that  SAP would be the most appropriate choice for the business. As the parent company were an established user of SAP it would provide them with an additional support  and expertise should it be needed.

Following a swift implementation of SAP, the manufacturer was soon working with complete transparency across the business, within the implementation process they also discovered that they could reduce headcount in both warehousing and order processing through improved processes which saved them £££.

As SAP is incredibly robust, it simply means the information it produces is right, first time, every time, giving confidence in the numbers and 100% clarity across the business.

After the initial SAP implementation the manufacturer decided to look for an external SAP Support Partner to help them maintain their system. Although the support had run ok in the past the manufacturer, had noticed deteriorating service levels. As they retain a very small SAP team they really needed access to the right experts fast! So ultimately felt there was a real risk to the business if they didn’t combine this with external support. So for a second time, the manufacturer leaned on Invenio’s shoulders and have stayed there ever since!

The client referred to Invenio as liking the honesty and openness of the Invenio team.  The customer stated “The response times and service have been amazing and someone always gets on to any problems we raise straight away. In terms of the knowledge of the consultants we interact with, this is exceeding expectations, and the expertise available in the team is exceptional”.

But the benefits of working with Invenio don’t stop there! As there were some projects the manufacturer had placed on the back burner but with Invenio’s incredible cost structure, the manufacturer are revisiting these projects to look at what they can introduce.

This fantastic customer journey continues….

Manufacturing SAPWhilst the recent economic downturn hit the service industries hard, for manufacturers here in the UK, recessionary pressures were hardly a new phenomenon.  The rise of the emerging economies – rich in both labour and resource – combined with a strong pound, has seen manufacturing output in decline for many years.

Fortunately, the UK has seen positive trends from manufacturing. The manufacturing industry is growing and with it the industry is employing over 2.5 million staff in the UK alone and continues to see growth which suggests demand for British goods is still strong. EEF also states that exports are a major source of growth for many manufacturers; over 90% of EEF members are exporters with nearly 40% exporting more than half of their turnover.

Although a scary thought at first,globalisation has created significant opportunities for British manufacturing, and UK companies definitely are rising to the challenge. Growth in Asia and other emerging markets are providing significant new export potential; offsetting the more disappointing performance in some parts of the euro area. In China in 2012 saw sales of UK automobiles increase up by 60% and this figure continues to grow through 2014.

The UK boasts many successful, highly innovative and well-managed manufacturing companies. A big question is how can British manufacturers position themselves not only to capitalise on domestic market opportunity, but look ahead to priming operations to take advantage of demand in the emerging economies? Whether through sourcing raw material, shifting production plants or joining the growing trend toward the trade of British manufactured goods in the eastern economies – what can companies do to ensure a readiness for business on a global scale?

Find out how one of our long standing customers achieved this – read the SPP Pumps case study

Customers can now exercise their might through strong online research and an even stronger feedback, you possibly would have experienced this too. The objective is clear for any business, ‘How can they identify the right set of customers for their key products and service offerings to improve their market share and margins’? This is the core to the businesses success.

However, there would be an internal IT team who have already invested and implemented legacy solutions to provide their business with just that.

So what has changed?

The expected turnaround time.

Businesses now expect their customer relevant analytics to be delivered right now, not in months from when they place their requirement, even more they want to analyse & fine tune it themselves.

Imagine your business or customer now requires you to:

1. Classify customers according to their contribution to your total revenue.
2. Then provide an exact breakdown of the customer-related margin, pocket margin and gross margin, which provides crucial information on discounts, surcharges and costs.
3. They then want a customer rating scorecard, which is based on several key performance indicators (KPIs) that are derived from the source data and calculated against a peer group.

Assuming the legacy systems are in place, this would be a two month timescale of a business intelligence & data warehousing project with the potential to extend beyond six months if the right solution is not put in place.

What if we could deliver this analysis within seconds? Irrespective of the data complexity & the volume of data.
customer_engagementThere are customers across the world who are utilising these solutions and driving your loyal customers towards their products and services, they are using this solution to create effective personas and actively engage with them through the right channel to ensure their patronage.

Invenio business solutions, provides you with services tailored around SAP Customer Engagement Intelligence to maximise the value of your promotions and marketing engagement to drive revenue. Our approach to deliver this solution provides a guaranteed delivery within weeks.

Keep an eye out for instalment of this blog by Sheejo Arvind.

SheejoSheejo Arvind, Practice Lead – Customer solutions (CEC) at Invenio Business solutions has 9 years of strong SAP Consulting experience, and 6 years of extensive sales experience including the implementation of SAP CRM Sales specific scenarios, delivered key billing revenue & innovation management (BRIM) solutions, actively engaged with Customer engagement & commerce solutions.

READING, UK – 10 September 2014.

Invenio Business Solutions are delighted to announce signing with the UK Government for SAP Enterprise Application Support Services on the 28/08/2014. This framework appoints Invenio as a potential provider of Enterprise Application Support Services and Invenio will be eligible to be considered for the award of call off agreements by the authority during the framework period.

A number of conditions have been set out within the framework between Invenio and the UK Government and Invenio have agreed to adhere to good industry practice and standards in-line with all current applicable law.

Invenio is an accredited SAP Gold Channel Partner specialising in SAP consulting, implementation and support services. The company’s Public Sector practice is led by experienced SAP veterans with extensive experience in providing services to Central and Local Government agencies worldwide. The team also includes experienced SAP Tax and Revenue Management Consultants, with in-depth expertise in delivering projects to a growing public sector customer base.

Sunil Srivastava, Invenio’s Global Head of Public Sector Sales said “We are pleased to have been selected by the Government to provide SAP Enterprise Application Support Services to government bodies. The framework will provide ease of contracting to both the government entities and the service providers. Invenio is proud to be among a few niche service providers offering SAP support services as a part of this agreement”.

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READING, UK – 08 September 2014.

Invenio today announce for a third time a place in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100, a league table which ranks Britain’s top performing private technology companies. The ranking is based on sales performance over a period of three years in order to give a true measure of a company’s ability to meet sustained, organic growth.

Invenio started off their hat-trick at place 51 in the Tech Track List in 2012, last year they leaped to place 24 and now this year increasing the rank again at place 20. Invenio continues its commitment to deliver innovative SAP solutions to a growing global customer base. That, combined with a continued extraordinary focus on customer service are key factors contributing to this growth. Invenio has ramped up their offerings in areas of high performance products such as SAP HANA, SAP Tax and Revenue Management solutions to Central Governments, together with innovations to improve customers’ core business processes like their unique procure to pay system built on SAP’s technology.

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Reading, UK – 9 May 2014. Invenio Business Solutions are pleased to announce they have been recertified by SAP as a Partner Centre of Expertise (PCoE) in recognition of their ability for ongoing excellence in the application of SAP technology. First certified in 2012, Invenio have continued to support the program and deliver excellence within the SAP support and services arena.

SAP have many partners and the PCoE is designed to provide customers with reassurance when choosing a partner as only the most qualified can gain this certification. The certification validates that an organisation can meet every requirement needed to provide high quality services to its customers. Partners are required to renew the certificate every two years. The process has a rigorous assessment which covers a partner’s entire support centre, including staff, processes and infrastructure. Invenio are now certified until May 2016 and will continue its efforts to maintain and excel.

Managing Director, Partho Bhattacharya comments. “As the certification process is so meticulous, it is something that clearly demonstrates our commitment to delivering quality. It means our customers can be confident that we have the expertise and experience, and they can trust that we consistently deliver reliable, high quality support and great customer service across a range of SAP solutions”.

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