Energy Provider enviaM to Employ pirobase ECS for its Business-Customer Portal

(PresseBox) ( Cologne, Germany, )
The old-fashioned electricity bill is a thing of the past: Business customers of the east German energy provider, envia Mitteldeutsche Energie AG (enviaM), can now view their ongoing electricity costs and energy usage via the eXtraNET portal. The SAP NetWeaver® platform-based business-customer portal was developed by the Halle-based GISA GmbH in conjunction with Pironet NDH AG. The latter's content-management system, pirobase ECS, complements the SAP NetWeaver Portal component with high-performance editorial and workflow tools. The web design was carried out by nexum AG, a subsidiary company of Pironet NDH.

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pirobase ECS was developed with the specific aim of integrating content-management functionalities with SAP NetWeaver. The user concept that was developed by nexum AG on this basis enables the energy provider to select a different design to the standard SAP NetWeaver Portal design and to tailor the user-interface to the requirements of future users. This made it possible for enviaM to integrate the eXtraNET for business customers into the existing IT landscape in its entirety, with no reduction in user-friendliness.

The interfaces were put together from a combination of the Web Dynpro development environment and pirobase ECS page elements. For its contribution to the development process, GISA GmbH employed the develoment infrastructure of SAP NetWeaver.

"Enterprise Service technology makes the rapid integration of company data possible, while implementing in full the service-oriented IT strategy of enviaM," said Olaf Reiss, IT Manager at enviaM.

"The decisive factor in favor of pirobase ECS was the fact that it enables our authors to handle both content and the technical functions of the SAP NetWeaver portal without any knowledge of programming," explains Patrick Frenkel, Project Manager at enviaM. "Both software modules and the invoicing model can be easily integrated. This enables us to adapt our portal swiftly to customer requirements and implement new service ideas in no time at all."

"Our aim is to use the ongoing expansion of our SAP NetWeaver portal to communicate more directly and more often with our customers, offering them a range of new, energy-related services," outlines Patrick Frenkel.

About enviaM

The Chemnitz-based envia Mitteldeutsche Energie AG (enviaM) is the leading regional energy provider in eastern Germany. The company provides approximately 1.5 million customers with electricity, gas, heating, water and energy-related services, while striking a balance between economic and environmental factors. The main energy provision covers an area of 26,000km2, while the service network extends over 76,000km. It reaches across the federal states of Brandenburg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. The electricity provided - over 16 billion kilowatt-hours - represents roughly a quarter of the electricity provision in eastern Germany.

About GISA GmbH

With more than 380 employees, GISA GmbH is one of the leading IT companies in central Germany. In its capacity as a certified SAP hosting partner, GISA develops, implements and operates innovative solutions for large and middle-sized companies. The company's headquarters is in Halle (Saale), with regional offices being located in Chemnitz, Markkleeberg, Cottbus, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg und Düsseldorf. The GISA GmbH portfolio ranges from strategic consultation via development, implementation and operation to the outsourcing of complete business processes or entire IT infrastructures. Nationwide, more than 150 customers rely on the performance of GISA GmbH. Its customers include Mitteldeutsche Energie AG, EVH GmbH (energy) and MITGAS Mitteldeutsche Gasversorgung GmbH (gas), as well as Braunschweiger Zeitungsverlag (newspaper publication), GASAG Berliner Gaswerke AG (gas), Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld GmbH (airport) and DREFA Media Holding.

About nexum AG

nexum AG operates in the field of digital media, acting as both agency and consultancy. The underlying philosophy of the company involves working closely with customers and making use of cutting-edge technology to reach the specified business targets and create the best possible User Experience.The services offered by nexum AG range from consultancy, design, development and marketing services to editorial services and project management. The company specializes in e-business, multichannel solutions and content management. nexum AG is based in Cologne, with a second site in Jena, has over 70 permanent employees and deals with both medium-sized companies and corporate groups. Its customers include o2 (Germany), Sony Europe, ThyssenKrupp, REWE, Sportfive, Lufthansa, BAUR Versand and coop Switzerland, as well as the soccer teams FC Cologne, Hertha Berlin, FC Nuremberg and SV Hamburg.
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