PTV xServer Business Connector

Route optimization thanks to geodata in SAP

If only you knew where the customers are concentrated. Where the sales representatives live. How great the distance is between two warehouse locations. How many kilometers my customers have to travel. What catchment area the warehouse locations cover. Now you know directly integrated with your SAP system...
Would geographical information ignite your processes? Is your SAP system lacking this information? Then you've come to the right place.

With the help of PTV xServer Business Connector for SAP, we enable your SAP system to provide geocoding, map display, distance determination and address verification.

Geographical requirements appear very frequently in the SAP context. Freight cost accounting, transportation planning and execution, master data - all require simple or complex geographic functionality.

A task as simple as address verification or as complex as distance determination in transportation planning and map display of the result, all these functionalities can currently only be delivered by external providers, as SAP does not provide data for this itself. SAP Transportation Management is also dependent on external GIS providers.

PTV xServer provides this functionality and improves the accuracy of the geographic functions mentioned above. PTV xServer Business Connector for SAP brings both together, saving time, money and nerves. With PTV xServer Business Connector for SAP, you can provide geocoding, routing, mapping and address verification in your system without any integration effort. Your ABAP developers can then use these functionalities in their own programs via an easy-to-use framework.

The Use Cases

Geocoding:
Determines X/Y coordinates for individual locations, address lists and even POIs (points of interest) and makes them available for further processing such as map display or distance determination.

Address verification:
Verification of individual addresses, address lists, POI or free text lists via PTV xServer to ensure that your master data is correct.

Distance calculation:
Calculate distances and travel times between two or more locations including consideration of individual waypoints with optional avoidance of ferries or toll roads.

Complex route calculation:
Calculate routes between two or more locations including consideration of individual options provided by PTV xServer.

Display objects on a map:
View objects on a map, represent relationships, and interact with objects on the map. Based on SAP Visual Business.

The Development Kit (SDK)

An SAP system requires a technical connection to PTV xServer in order to use the GIS services. The Development Kit Routing provides all functionalities and options of the PTV xLocate, PTV xRoute and PTV xMap methods as well as the communication to PTV xServer. No manual import of the WSDL file is required.

With knowledge of the PTV xServer API, your developers have direct and full access to PTV xServer communication. With the Development Kit Planning, you also get access to the functionalities of PTV xTour to exploit optimization potentials in route planning.

The solutions

You do not want to develop yourself, but are interested in ready-made add-on solutions?

Address verification

Verify the validity of the address master data of your customers, suppliers or production sites. With our solution, you get the possibility to check addresses for correctness both online when creating or changing addresses, as well as in mass processing in the background.

Are you planning to implement S/4HANA? Take the chance to clean up your addresses and start with a clean system. Of course, we also support the new SAP Business Partners with our solution.

SAP TM Integration

The solution provides direct integration of geocoding and distance & duration determination (DDD) for your SAP TM system. PTV xServer can be used out-of-the-box without any further implementation and only needs to be activated in Customizing.

A corresponding configuration guide leads you step-by-step through the customizing process. The solution integrates seamlessly into the SAP TM system, as envisaged by the SAP TM standard.

Shipment Planner for SAP

Do you plan your shipments with the on-board tools of LE-TRA? With Shipment Planner for SAP you get an interface for planning shipments with map support. Provide your dispatchers with additional information on duration as well as distance, tolls and

even emissions during planning to enable more efficient transportation planning. By integrating with the standard process, subsequent processes can continue to run in the standard.

Address verification

Verify the validity of the address master data of your customers, suppliers or production sites. With our solution, you get the possibility to check addresses for correctness both online when creating or changing addresses, as well as in mass processing in the background.

Are you planning to implement S/4HANA? Take the chance to clean up your addresses and start with a clean system. Of course, we also support the new SAP Business Partners with our solution.

SAP TM Integration

The solution provides direct integration of geocoding and distance & duration determination (DDD) for your SAP TM system. PTV xServer can be used out-of-the-box without any further implementation and only needs to be activated in Customizing.

A corresponding configuration guide leads you step-by-step through the customizing process. The solution integrates seamlessly into the SAP TM system, as envisaged by the SAP TM standard.

Shipment Planner for SAP

Do you plan your shipments with the on-board tools of LE-TRA? With Shipment Planner for SAP you get an interface for planning shipments with map support. Provide your dispatchers with additional information on duration as well as distance, tolls and

even emissions during planning to enable more efficient transportation planning. By integrating with the standard process, subsequent processes can continue to run in the standard.

You would like to use the Business Connector?

Or would you like other support in the area of geographic information systems and their connection to SAP?

Contact us. We will be happy to support you!

Our Success Stories

Weidmüller

Short interview about the SAP ERP implementation and warehouse redesign at Weidmüller Mexico in Puebla. One of the challenges of the project was the incompatibility of the old warehouse layout with the current SAP requirements. abat changed the warehouse layout for more efficient processes and transparency. Key improvements included optimized goods receiving, storage, picking and shipping, as well…

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B.A.U.M. e.V.

The B.A.U.M. e.V. network faced significant challenges: It lacked a clear strategy for digitizing processes and a system coordinator to integrate the various trades. In addition, the existing CRM solution was not compatible with the newly created Digital B.A.U.M. platform, and there were no certified standard interfaces. What was needed was a future-proof solution that could be used without…

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PFERD

Effective communication is often the key to project success. As a family business with more than 200 years of tradition, the PFERD brand has made communication and trust an important part of its core values. This success story of an S/4HANA migration at the Mexican site describes the challenge and the successful cooperation between abat and PFERD during the project phase and beyond.

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Steinbeis

Since the beginning of the 2000s, Steinbeis has been mapping its business processes with a very sophisticated SAP ERP system that is tailored in detail to its own requirements. Due to the announced end of maintenance, the system will have to be replaced in the medium term. A key objective is to map more processes than before using standard processes. Using a fit-gap analysis, the abat experts…

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Salzgitter AG

In 2018, the Salzgitter Group started to migrate its entire ERP infrastructure to SAP S/4HANA. In the course of this group-wide transformation project, a separate project was to standardize, optimize and automate the merchandise management processes for the procurement of input materials from an affiliated company across all participating group companies. In eleven workshops, abat developed the…

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DESMA

DESMA supports the shoe industry with innovative production solutions for Industry 4.0, highly automated machines, excellent know-how and comprehensive support. However, continuous innovation is only possible if the company optimizes its internal processes. The discontinuation of support for SAP R/3 was therefore a reason for DESMA to take care of a changeover at an early stage. Thanks to abat,…

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Imperial Logistics

Integrated Warehouse and Transportation with SAP S/4HANA

Greenfield implementation of a logistics template in the chemical industry. Imperial Logistics is a pioneer in the use of embedded EWM and TM integration in S/4HANA on Release 1709.

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SAS Automotive Systems

e-Accounting meets the requirements of the Mexican tax authorities

German companies based in Mexico must also adapt their e-accounting to the legal requirements of the Mexican tax authority SAT - and provide information on their key financial figures.

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Our customers in the area of SAP TM

Yi

SAP Developer
China

What I find most attractive working at abat is the friendly and relaxed atmosphere. We are coworkers as well as friends. I can ask any question and always receive constructive feedback. Moreover, it is highly encouraged to try new things, which helps broaden the horizon for me and the company alike.

Xu

SAP Consultant
China

I truly enjoy working at abat. The flexible working environment and professional colleagues have made my experience here exceptional. The culture of collaboration and willingness to offer help has allowed me to develop my skills in SAP. Overall, I feel grateful to be a part of such a supportive and dynamic team

Vivien

Consultant
Bremen

I like working at abat because there is a very pleasant, appreciative working atmosphere here with a lot of freedom. There is a lot of trust, so you also have the freedom to try out something new - but if it doesn't work out, there is also the necessary support. That's how I've learned so much! In addition, if you have problems while working in the home office, you can often quickly find colleagues who are happy to help you out via teams.

Tim

Senior SAP Developer
Bremen

At abat, thanks to the great variety of projects, I have the opportunity to constantly expand my horizons and thus always be prepared for upcoming challenges.

Tina

Internal Service
Bremen

Through abat, I have been able to develop personally and get to know the practice better. I always have the opportunity to learn new and exciting things, through which I constantly grow beyond myself.

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