As a competent service provider, Formel D handles communication with partners with regard to the rollout of technically sophisticated customer IT requirements for the use of communication platforms, internet applications or other IT tools for certain defined business partners. The objective is to roll out the new requirements to all parties via professionally established hotline and email support with the aim of ensuring that productive benefits arise on the user side.
For the purposes of fully electronic communication between business partners, EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) provides the basis for precisely scheduled delivery by suppliers, including just-in-time and just-in-sequence production. This method saves time and money and is especially popular in the automotive industry. In addition, it ensures that resources are spared and stocks are reduced.
There are various different reasons for EDI rollouts such as the one which Formel D has now performed for a German automobile manufacturer. Significant changes to the inherent OEM IT structure such as SAP reorganisation, modification of processes etc. require partners (suppliers and shipping companies) to adapt their IT systems. These changes need to be explained, implemented, tested and established. Another reason for EDI rollout could be that new business partners require first-time access to the IT systems and must be connected to the EDI structure of the OEM if they wish to participate in fully electronic communication in the future.