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IDS Scheer North America Revs Up SAP Implementation Efforts in SME Market with Announcement of Major Deal with Onlane, Inc.

February 05, 2004

IDS Scheer North America, the leading provider of business process excellence services and tools, announced a major customer win in the automotive industry with Onlane, Inc.'s successful implementation of the mySAP Business Suite software including mySAP Financials. IDS Scheer has provided and will continue to offer business process consulting services to optimize and enhance the scalability, speed, and performance in all of its automotive remarketing programs. With operations in the U.S. and Canada, Onlane is an automotive remarketing and inventory procurement business.

IDS Scheer helped Onlane leverage the capabilities of mySAP Financials that will provide the foundation for future expansion and growth. The three-month project, which just went live on January 2, integrates Onlane's proprietary Web-based remarketing platform with mySAP Financials to further automate the remarketing process and enable the company to conduct real-time transactions with its customers while eliminating the need for manual data entry.

According to Jonathan Varkul, director of operations for Onlane, the company evaluated several mid-market solutions. Varkul also reviewed his current package in terms of upgrade options and concluded that the product was not scalable enough to support the company's growth. "We required a solution that would easily scale and integrate with our Web-based remarketing platform. We supplied each vendor with a script that detailed our business requirements and found that IDS Scheer's presentation using mySAP Financials provided the best blueprint for our needs," said Varkul. "The technology depth and breadth of this SAP financial solution was important to us as well."

"We were impressed with how quickly the mySAP Financials solution has been implemented and integrated within our technology infrastructure – due in large part to IDS Scheer's solution blueprinting efforts that were done in advance with the Onlane team," said Clive Kinross, senior vice president of Onlane. "Our business philosophy is built on planning and being a forward-thinking, technology-driven company. The SAP implementation was concluded in a compacted timeframe with minimum disruption to our business, and with no surprises."

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