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Go-live – Karl Mayer Textile Machinery outsources IT to TDS

TDS assumes full responsibility for the hosting and management of all SAP systems, including archiving and client/server services.


Neckarsulm, March 14, 2013 Karl Mayer Textile Machinery, world market leader for warp knitting and weaving equipment has opted to outsource its core IT systems to TDS. The phased go-live has now been successfully completed. Within the scope of the agreement, TDS will host and operate SAP systems, including archiving and client/server services such as File, Print, Citrix and Exchange, at its high-security data centres. The outsourcing deal enables the global player to protect its mission-critical systems.

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The first steps were the transfer of Karl Mayer’s IT infrastructure and virtualisation at TDS data centres. This was followed by the phased migration of the machine manufacturer’s SAP systems (SAP ERP, BI, Solution Manager and portal solutions) – a total of 15 instances, including the company’s existing IXOS archive. For the six-month transition phase, TDS implemented a dedicated line and a VPN back-up connection to Karl Mayer. A key factor behind the organization’s decision to outsource was its development inAsia. Following the expansion of its production facilities inChina, the business required additional HR and infrastructure resources. Moreover, international growth called for the high-availability of mission-critical systems around the clock. Since outsourcing to TDS, Karl Mayer can leverage its IT resources for value-added tasks – and benefits from flexible, scalable services from TDS that will support future development.

TDS came out on top following a multi-phase bidding process: “We were looking for a partner who could deliver the necessary infrastructure, comprehensive services and the right expertise,” explains Hartmut Frantz, Head of IT at Karl Mayer. “Before the project kicked off, we were able to see the TDS data centre for ourselves. In addition, all our systems and data are protected thanks to disaster recovery mechanisms, which means our in-house IT team can concentrate fully on its core competencies. As a result, we are well prepared for the future and for further growth.”

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About TDS AG

TDS provides a comprehensive range of IT services, including SAP-related offerings, to mid-sized enterprises and major corporations. In addition, TDS offers software, outsourcing and related services for human resource management.

A particular focus is SAP consulting, application hosting and application management. The portfolio also includes industry-specific SAP solutions, e.g. for the process industry, as well as the cosmetics and food and drink sectors. As an outsourcer, TDS provides tailored answers to specific customer needs, and end-to-end management of entire IT infrastructures.

In the HR space, amongst other things, TDS can assume complete responsibility for operating and maintaining various HR software products (e. g. SAP HCM and P&I LOGA) as well as all processes associated with managing staff. TDS is Germany’s market leader in HR business-process outsourcing (BPO), handling over 800,000 payroll transactions every month. A further million payroll transactions are processed by companies deploying TDS Personal HR software.

Currently, TDS employs around 1,400 staff at some 20 sites in Ger-many, Austria and Switzerland. In fiscal 2011/2012, the company posted revenues of approximately 146 million euros. Founded in 1975 and headquartered in Neckarsulm, Germany, TDS has been a member of the Fujitsu Group, one of the world’s leading IT players, since 2007.

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Date: 14 March, 2013
City: Neckarsulm