SOURCE: GOPA IT Consultants, Inc.
SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 20, 2012) - GOPA IT Consultants, Inc. announced today the opening of its global Transportation Management (TM) Innovation Center, located in its new U.S. headquarters in San Mateo, California -- right in the heart of Silicon Valley -- to tackle global transportation challenges through effective use of technology.
The TM Innovation Center will be focused on SAP's new, leading Transportation Management solution platform and extends GOPA's existing SAP SCM/TM Consulting Practice. It leverages GOPA's state of the art cloud‐enabled, on-demand SAP data center in Walldorf, Germany, which runs SAP on FlexPod™. FlexPod is a unified, pretested, and validated data center solution built on a flexible and secure shared IT infrastructure using leading technology from NetApp, Cisco and VMWare.
GOPA ITC will work closely with customers, both shippers and LSPs, as well as partners, on new solutions based on SAP's new TM 8.1 and TM 9.x applications while integrating related partner ecosystem solutions and services.
With GOPA's extensive experience in this space, especially with SAP's TM platform, and in collaboration with SAP, customers, and partners, the TM Innovation Center will focus on the following:
- Fully unchain the extensive capabilities of SAP TM to answer customers' unique, global transportation challenges
- Customizations for industry-specific transportation requirements
- Implementation template development, such as GOPA's 'Instant TM' template
- Methodology development incl. assessments, prototyping, rapid implementations leveraging 'model-based design'
- SAP whitespace functional extensions
- Supply Chain Execution best practices and process optimizations
- 3rd party software and technology solution integration
- SAP HANA and Cloud use-case development for Supply Chain Execution & Visibility
- Blend SAP SCM Applications with SAP on FlexPod for true end-to-end use cases across the entire technology stack
- Demonstration, Education & knowledge transfer to customers and partners
The Transportation Management Innovation Center will be led by industry veteran Bernd Mosbrucker, who joins GOPA IT Consultants Inc. as Vice President after a 12-year tenure at SAP in Walldorf, Germany, where he led SAP's TM Solution Management as Director and Chief Solution Expert. Having worked with countless shippers and LSPs during his years at SAP, Mr. Mosbrucker possesses an unparalleled depth of expertise about transportation business process needs and SAP's solutions platform.
"We intend to take SAP based Transportation Management to a whole new level," says Joerg Rohde, CEO of GOPA IT Consultants, Inc. "We are on a mission to find better and more cost effective ways to implement and deploy SAP TM solutions for customers from both shipper and LSP companies. SAP's new TM solution is highly integrated and the most modern end‐to‐end platform in the market today. We want to make sure customers achieve the expected benefits and a very fast ROI, while minimizing implementation project risk," Rohde states. "I am very excited about the possibilities in our new Innovation Center under Bernd's leadership, and in close collaboration with our customers and partners."
"We welcome GOPA's innovation initiative very much and look forward to collaborating closely with GOPA's team on solving customers' nagging transportation challenges through the newest SAP technology," says Franz Hero, Senior Vice President Product Unit Transportation & Logistics at SAP. "GOPA's focused approach and commitment will be beneficial to our customers and drive further adoption of SAP's leading Supply Chain Execution Suite. This is a prime example of how Key Partners in SAP's Ecosystem respond to customer needs," Hero said.
About GOPA IT Consultants:
GOPA IT Consultants is a global leader combining deep Supply Chain Execution know-how with state of the art SAP Cloud and HANA technology expertise. With our deep focus and through working with many dozens of SAP customers around the globe on their global transportation challenges, we are able to deliver outstanding cost savings, better end‐to-end solutions and more flexibility to customers. Leveraging our SAP Infrastructure capabilities in combination with our applications know-how makes us the leading consulting partner for SAP Transportation Management. For more information please visit: www.gopa-itc.com