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- Many years of experience in the area of electronic data interchange (EDI)
- Cost transparency
- Experienced NTT DATA Business Solutions consultants with in-depth process understanding
Wolfgang Overkamp, IT Coordinator, Fastbolt Schraubengroßhandels GmbH
According to the motto “there’s more to us than just screws” wholesaler Fastbolt calls itself a product range specialist for industrial connecting elements, delivering different kinds of screws, bolts, and nuts, among other things.
Fastbolt’s more than 100 employees are located in Germany, the United Kingdom, Portugal, and the Czech Republic.
Challenges and Benefits
- Obsolete predecessor product
- Accelerate the order processing
- Reduce procurement times
- More transparency in electronic data exchange
- Efficient connection of business partners and merchants
- Independent configuration possible
- Easier monitoring
- Simple to operate user interface of NTT DATA Business Solutions in-house solution
- Accelerated processes and cost reductions
Read about how Fastbolt achieved a more flexible and cost-efficient data exchange with merchants by supporting EDI communication with it.x-EDIconnect.
About the Project
Transparent EDI Communications for the Wholesale Trade - with the NTT DATA Business Solutions Solution it.x-EDIconnect
Fastbolt and NTT DATA Business Solutions - a Strong Team of Many Year's Standing
“There‘s more to us than just screws” is the Fastbolt motto – a product range specialist for industrial connecting elements. As a wholesaler, Fastbolt distributes tapping screws, drilling screws, threaded bolts, and nuts, among other things. An important element of the sales philosophy is the constant optimization of business processes. In order to transfer this to the IT landscape as well, SAP has already been successfully implemented as an ERP system since 2000.
Based on its very positive experience, Fastbolt has now decided on a 1:1 release change to SAP ERP 6.0. In order to gain an even more flexible and cost-efficient configuration of the data exchange with merchants, the EDI communication will be supported by NTT DATA Business Solutions’ own it.x-EDIconnect solution. The transparent monitoring and the user-friendly interfaces helped convince Fastbolt most of all.
Efficient Connection of Business Partners with it.x-EDIconnect
Fastbolt has a strong export focus and serves retailers throughout Europe. it.x-EDIconnect provides the technical conditions for this, as any number of business partners can be connected with the help of http and FTP adapters. All electronic communication channels and industry-standard file formats such as VDA and EDIFACT are supported here. So purchase orders, invoices, delivery receipts, and supplier requests can be exchanged simply and transparently.
The modern interface of it.x-EDIconnect is operated from an Internet browser and is therefore especially user-friendly. This allows purchasers, suppliers, and logistics companies to exchange their data seamlessly within their network and along the supply chain. What’s more, intuitive administration, configuration, and monitoring screens support the IT department at Fastbolt in its work.
In order to not lose track of the completely automated EDI communications, it.x-EDIconnect includes optimized functional monitoring. Based on data such as purchase order, article, or invoice number, EDI data can be found and processes completed. Technical and business monitoring allows Fastbolt to configure and increase the transparency of the solution here, as both the specialist department and IT can track and analyze processes. So it is possible to check all individual technical operations in the business processes at any time during monitoring. The IT department at Fastbolt can thus keep track of all EDI processes, intervene when necessary and make corrections at any time.
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