Hot on the heels of Mendix World 2014, we’ve published a case study on AVEBE, a world leader in the production of potato starches used in food, paper, textiles, adhesives, and other applications. Looking to close key gaps in its contract management process, AVEBE used Mendix to quickly deliver a new app that seamlessly integrates with SAP to streamline contract management.
While every Mendix case study is noteworthy in its own right, there are three interesting angles to the AVEBE story that make it a must-read:
- Intuitive SAP Extension – AVEBE needed a contract management app but customizing its existing SAP ERP system would have been too expensive and time consuming. Using Mendix, AVEBE built an intuitive front-end on top of SAP that allows salespeople to handle approvals, authorizations and routing outside of SAP. Once all workflow requirements have been met, an approved contract is created in SAP using Web Services.
- Faster, More Agile Alternative to .NET – AVEBE previously used .NET for development projects of this nature, but according to ICT Director Jilt Bakkes, “It often felt like building in concrete – once you made a design decision, it seemed irreversible.” With Mendix, the company was able to build working prototypes in a single day—and the first full version of the application in just 30 days.
- Multi-Device Access – Considering the needs of sales reps in the field, multi-device access was crucial. AVEBE’s contract management app runs seamlessly on PCs and tablets, with smartphone support coming soon. In the process, it’s helping the €600 million company to manage thousands of contracts annually.
Head on over to our website and read the full case study. Which angle stood out most to you?