Gartner’s annual assessment of Cool Vendors in the SAP Ecosystem for 2011 features SAP Ecohub member, Winshuttle, among the vendors producing technology that requires scrutiny by any SAP shop that is concerned about containing costs, delivering an improved user experience and keeping SAP IT contextually relevant to the business.
Analysts, Thomas Otter, Thomas E. Murphy, Christian Hestermann, Jeff Woods, John Hagerty, Tim Payne and Nigel Montgomery collaborated on the recent report. While a ‘cool technology’ endorsement is a great accolade for Winshuttle from this leading firm of analysts it is important to consider that not only is Winshuttle technology conceptually and practically cool, it also has a proven track record for providing a number of Fortune 1000 companies with measurable ROI for their modest investment in Winshuttle technology.
Of particular interest to SAP customers wishing to leverage Winshuttle’s offerings is probably the fact that there are a number of choices for SAP customers to automate business processes and improve user experiences in the SAP landscape.
Winshuttle not only supports standard approaches for user desktop to SAP integration from client applications like Microsoft Excel but also supports bi-directional data exchanges with SAP ERP from data sources like Microsoft Access and SQL Server. Historically the integration domain has required heavy investment in ABAP or JAVA programming in order to enable data exchanges with these types of sources, natively.
Winshuttle implementations require no ABAP programming in order to build sophisticated and functional integrations without compromising the logical security and authorization model in SAP. When deployed at the enterprise level, companies wanting to leverage standard and customized SAP BAPIs and web services, still require no programming resources and minimal technical skills. A good functional knowledge of the SAP transaction or data requirements for a given process are usually all that is required to create integration objects.
SAP Customers who want to reskin the user interface to SAP with more attractive and functionally usable technologies like Adobe, Infopath or web forms now have the ability to bring those UIs to their user community in a more accelerated way.
Many of the common scenarios associated with ESS and MSS are also possible with recordings of standard SAP transactions published as web services or through the exposure of RFMs and BAPIs in the same way.
For those customers not wanting to invest heavily in contractors or resourcing their SAP competency center with SAP workflow gurus there is also the opportunity to leverage easily configured Microsoft SharePoint workflows in conjunction with business objects created with Winshuttle products. This allows companies to create end to end business process flows in an easily and quickly configured way without the need for expensive technical resources.
Activities like Purchase Requisition creation and approval, time sheet creation and approval, material definition, collaboration and creation are among the many scenarios that can be enhanced with Winshuttle‘s accelerated and innovative approach to automation for SAP.