Recently CSC and AED-SICAD Aktiengesellschaft, Bonn, Germany, signed a cooperation agreement. The agreement not only formalizes the already existing cooperation between both companies, but also emphasizes the growing importance of GIS integration into the IT landscape of utilities and public administration. CSC evaluated, that ArcFMä UT, AED-SICAD’s new utility solution based on ArcGISâ, provides extensive possibilities, especially for the integration with SAP. The standard application has an increasing market share and CSC is using it for solution development as well as feasibility studies and could therefore enhance its consulting competence for customers by setting up integration scenarios to SAP.
Based on the ArcGIS technology, AED-SICAD has realized fundamentally new applications for the different user segments. These are currently modern solutions on the market, being open, upgradeable and easy to integrate with other IT systems. CSC reacted to this development and increasingly included the AED-SICAD standard products when creating customer solutions, writing feasibility studies as well as when setting up prototypes. In the test laboratories of the CSC partner initiative inXchange, different scenarios for the integration of GIS and SAP with ArcFM UT and SAP Netweaver XI, GIS Business Connector and middleware products have already been realized. CSC provides systems integration, consulting and outsourcing with a turnover of ca. 14,5 billion US$ and 78.000 employees and offers solutions on system platforms of different manufacturers.
The cooperation primarily covers the segments utilities and public sector. For these application segments, special impulse comes from unbundling and deregulation activities in the energy sector as well as new ways of communal cash management (e.g. by means of the SAP based CSC solution Tax&Fee). Now, CSC and AED-SICAD with their respective competencies and products, are in a position to offer integrated solutions, which definitely exceed the island character of the common applications in the previous niche sector GIS.