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TDS implements SEPA in SAP ERP systems as a flat-rate service

September 03, 2009

The implementation of standard, Europe-wide payment mechanisms is proceeding apace: the SEPA (Single Euro Payment Area) direct debit scheme is due to be introduced on 1 November 2009.

Businesses that deploy SAP ERP software and wish to take advantage of standardised, accelerated payment transactions need to adapt their ERP systems in line with the new requirements.

To this end, TDS offers mid-size companies with standard SAP installations a complete package of services: for a flat fee of €3,000, TDS’s SAP specialists analyse the customer’s existing ERP software, and perform modifications to support the new European credit transfer scheme.

The Neckarsulm-based IT service provider also helps adapt the customer’s software to process SEPA data, configure systems used to generate electronic bank statements, and implement support for SEPA direct debit transactions.

Fit for the future with SEPA
The introduction of SEPA functionality for more efficient payment transactions is a key strategic decision for businesses, because SEPA credit transfers are gradually to become the standard not only for payments between European countries, but also within them.

SEPA makes it easier for small and mid-size enterprises, in particular, to gain access to new procurement and sales markets elsewhere in Europe. At the same time, it helps them save time and money. For example, from 2012, transactions must be completed within one day, rather than the current five. This will not increase costs, because the fees will be adjusted in line with domestic rates.

A one-stop service
Underlying the functionality is a new, XML-based data format. Support for SEPA credit transfers can be implemented in SAP ERP software from release 4.6C, while release 4.7 or higher is required for SEPA direct debits.

The package offered by TDS includes the following services: analysis of the SAP solution by the IT service provider’s specialists, presentation of recommendations for the subsequent project, and taking care of customising, testing and go-live.

Customers can select from a range of additional, optional services from TDS, such as the installation of support packages and modification of master data.

More information on TDS’s SEPA package is available at (German only).

About TDS AG

TDS offers IT outsourcing, IT consulting and HR services to mid-sized enterprises and major corporations. The company, founded in 1975, operates predominantly in the German, Austrian and Swiss markets. TDS offers highly tailored solutions in all areas of IT outsourcing – from selected applications to entire IT infrastructures, and with an emphasis on the SAP space. The IT consulting segment provides advice on SAP and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) systems. As a long-standing SAP expert, TDS has in-depth knowledge of the SAP portfolio. The HR services and solutions segment enables companies to outsource individual HR tasks or entire HR processes. TDS handles over 750,000 payroll transactions every month, making it Germany's market leader. Furthermore, companies deploying TDS Personal HR software handle a million payroll transactions. TDS also develops and markets software solutions for financial accounting and not-for-profit organizations, in particular charities, church institutions and local-government agencies. Currently, TDS employs more than 1,000 staff, and in 2007 posted revenues of approximately 106 million euros. In early 2007, TDS was acquired by Fujitsu, one of the world’s four largest providers of IT services. Fujitsu’s portfolio includes software and hardware solutions, as well as diverse services for a wide range of industries and applications. Fujitsu posted revenues of approx. 33 billion euros in fiscal 2007/08, and has a workforce of over 160,000 staff in 70 countries.

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Date: 03 September, 2009