Annual review 2005
REALTECH parts ways with its Australian subsidiary
At the beginning of the new fiscal year, REALTECH AG takes a clear step towards boosting profitability and shareholder value: Effective as of December 31, 2004, the Group sells its Australian subsidiary on January 18, 2005 as part of a management buy-out. In accordance with US-GAAP, REALTECH will in the future treat the previous subsidiary as a discontinued operation. This means that the contribution of REALTECH Australia must be retrospectively eliminated from the business results for 2003 and 2004.
Reinforced sales and distribution: REALTECH establishes partnership with Controlware
REALTECH AG wins Controlware GmbH, a leading systems integrator, as a sales and distribution partner for its software. Controlware has a nationwide network of branches providing business clients with comprehensive IT services. In connection with its cooperation with REALTECH, Controlware is marketing the family of theGuard! products in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
Qualification campaign at REALTECH: two-stage training program for SAP consultants
With a view to securing in-depth consulting expertise for technically complex SAP projects, REALTECH AG launches a two-stage qualification initiative: As part of a trainee program, college graduates with job experience embarking upon a career with REALTECH can enjoy intensive practical training on topical issues in the consulting business. In addition to this, the Group ensures that its entire team of consultants undergoes ongoing further training and certification focused on future-oriented topics.
The TechTrain sets off: new series of events in collaboration with Microsoft
REALTECH AG teams up with Microsoft to launch a new series of events called TechTrain. The am is to inform decision-makers from business about the latest technology issues and provide them with exemplary practical examples from the world of SAP and Microsoft. TechTrain is based on an innovative event concept, which combines targeted know-how transfer with the atmosphere of extraordinary event venues. For example, the first two events are held in the car and technology museum in Speyer and in the Bochum Starlight Express musical house.
REALTECH streamlines Supervisory Board
Concentration on what is essential can also be seen at management level. Following a resolution by the sixth regular General Meeting, REALTECH AG reduces its Supervisory Board from six to three members. One of the members to resign from his position is REALTECH co-founder Peter Stier.
New four-phase plan: everything for a reliable SAP NetWeaver implementation
REALTECH AG has translated its SAP NetWeaver project experience into a reusable implementation model with best practice qualities: A newly developed four-phase plan provides companies with the necessary tool to plan and carry out a reliable and systematic implementation of the increasingly popular integration platform. REALTECH is thereby allowing for the fact that SAP NetWeaver usually requires radical changes to existing IT infrastructures. The sound master plan reflects significant competitive advantages: As a Global Technology Partner, REALTECH becomes involved in the latest SAP topics at an early stage and set up an SAP NetWeaver Competence Center of its own as early as 2003.
Jürgen Zahn becomes new Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
REALTECH AG's new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Jürgen Zahn, takes on his new responsibilities on July 18, 2005 and is superceding Michael Knopp, who left the company at his own request in April. With the appointment of the 45-year-old Jürgen Zahn (who holds a master’s degree in business administration) the company has now concluded the restructuring of its management. Jürgen Zahn has many years of international experience in leadership positions. His previous posts include working at FHJ AG and the ASCOM Group with responsibility for corporate finance, controlling, investor relations (IR), human resources, and administration.
Top 10 in Germany : REALTECH is Special Expertise Partner for SAP XI
SAP appoints REALTECH AG to the group of Special Expertise Partners for the SAP Exchange Infrastructure. The leading manufacturer of enterprise software worldwide only grants this special seal of approval to ten IT suppliers on the German market. The title is based on a tough selection procedure and is used to dignify only partners who demonstrate excellent skills and substantial experience in the SAP environment and achieve a very high degree of customer satisfaction.
New intensive-training courses for SAP NetWeaver
From the first steps through to certification – this is the motto followed by REALTECH AG in extending its range of training seminars related to SAP NetWeaver. Intensive courses have been added to the program, aimed especially at companies wanting to progressively make use of this adaptable integration platform. All the introductory, intermediate and advanced seminars in the new training offering had already been demonstrated to be efficient and practical in the context of internal further training for SAP consultants.
Yet another distinction: REALTECH is Special Expertise Partner for the SAP Enterprise Portal
SAP appoints REALTECH as a Special Expertise Partner in another category: This distinction and supplier recommendation, reserved only for a few select partners, is also awarded to the Group for its consulting expertise and experience with regard to the SAP Enterprise Portal. The partnership status for this solution from the SAP NetWeaver range is primarily based on numerous successful customer projects.
REALTECH customers are completely satisfied
REALTECH AG is given top marks by its most important critics, namely its customers. The results of the latest customer satisfaction survey are available and confirm that the Group is heading in the right direction as more than 90 percent of participating companies are satisfied with the services provided by REALTECH consultants.
dm-drogerie markt: Europe’s number 1 chooses theGuard!
Europe’s leading drugstore chain opts for software technologies from REALTECH: dm-drogerie markt implements the theGuard! system management solution for the purpose of constantly monitoring an enterprise resource planning system for around 1,650 stores, three national logistics centers, and a central SAP R/3 and Data Warehouse system. Making this investment enables the company to specifically minimize downtime and response times for all success-critical software applications.
Nordzucker agricultural portal: performance analysis with REALTECH
With REALTECH as its technology consultant, Nordzucker has managed to successfully change over an important Internet offering to SAP NetWeaver Enterprise Portal: Based on extensive load testing, the consultants took specific optimization measures to ensure that the food manufacturer’s agricultural portal makes optimum use of available system resources. As a result, Nordzucker now benefits from the certainty that the online service, used by 2,000 partners, will be available with user-friendly performance even when accessed by a very large number of users simultaneously.
World premiere from REALTECH: zero downtime for SAP systems
REALTECH AG presents the first zero downtime procedure for SAP systems. Using this service, one of a kind worldwide, changes can be made to business applications without this leading to downtime. This greatly reduces the economic risks involved in such undertakings. In the past, companies had had to accept an SAP system being unavailable for up to 24 hours during an upgrade or migration.