Women's fashions provider BiBA switches SAP operation to Pironet NDH Datacenter

Cologne, Germany, (PresseBox) - After separating from the Escada Group, women's fashion provider BiBA of Duisburg, Germany, faced the challenge of having to re-establish its entire SAP landscape in a very short period of time. Lacking in-house SAP expertise of its own, the medium-sized firm decided to outsource the task to a specialist.

Today, Pironet NDH Datacenter is in charge of the technical operation of the entire SAP system. Aside from applications outsourcing, BiBA subscribes to network services from Pironet NDH as well.

SAP operation and network from the same source

Pironet NDH provides a protected corporate network that links the BiBA head office with the ICT service provider's high-security data centre. Pironet NDH also takes care of merging the approx. 260 cash desk systems throughout the German BiBA branches into a single network; this network is in turn linked to the central SAP system. The network enables business partners to exchange data with BiBA systems through encrypted VPN access points.

'For us, the decisive factor was to find a single-source operator of business-critical systems that would also provide network connections for these services. Without secure and reliable access to enterprise resource planning, our cash desk systems, for instance, could not function properly. This is the only way we can ensure global quality and service reliability', explains Oliver Kessel, Executive Manager at BiBA, regarding the selection of provider.

SAP resources: 'Infrastructure as a Service'

Another special feature is the provision of SAP at BiBA with the requisite hardware resources. While the actual software runs in a sealed-off virtual environment, it draws storage space and computing power as an 'Infrastructure as a Service' (IaaS) from the Business Cloud at Pironet NDH. 'This enables a company to demand peak-load service as needed at short notice. This way, medium-sized enterprises can even benefit from classic outsourcing of cloud computing', notes Udo Faulhaber, a member of the management team at Pironet NDH. Through its own cloud-computing infrastructure Pironet NDH offers medium-sized enterprises standard applications and IT resources on an as-needed basis.

PIRONET Datacenter AG & Co. KG

Pironet NDH Datacenter is a leading ICT outsourcing vendor for German small- and medium sized businesses (SMBs) and offers a full range of services for the efficient and secure operation of business applications and ICT infrastructures. Core services include holistic solutions and flexible cost/use billing models for the provision of IT resources according to modern on-demand concepts like Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or Cloud Computing.

The centralization and outsourcing of, for example, business applications from SAP and Microsoft, as well as the use of a network infrastructure also provided by Pironet NDH Datacenter allows SMBs to significantly reduce their investment and operational expenses for the management of information and communication and concentrate on their core business tasks.

All the supply and operational aspects of the ICT outsourcing product lines are certified in accordance with strict and internationally recognised guidelines, including in accordance with DIN ISO/IEC 27001. For the client, the certification represents the operational excellence of Pironet NDH in all processes, as well as in maintaining high technical and safety-related standards.

Customers include numerous SMBs as well as international corporations. More information is available at: www.pironet-ndh.com/itk.

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