Göttingen, Düsseldorf/Germany - 4/28/16

Industry 4.0 partnership for SMEs

Sycor and Baker Tilly Roelfs have forged a cooperation agreement that is unique for SMEs based on experience from ongoing industry 4.0 projects. Together they are offering comprehensive process and consulting expertise required for Industry 4.0 projects so that customers can reap the benefits of systematic, effective and productive consulting and implementation.

Rüdiger Krumes

The internationally active full-range IT service provider Sycor and Baker Tilly Roelfs, one of Germany's largest consulting firms operated as a partnership, have forged a cooperation agreement that is unique for SMEs. Together the two companies are offering an integrated approach to Industry 4.0 and the related transformation process. The companies offer consulting and operational support in all technology, process-oriented and financial matters, including reporting. Services also include the operational implementation of outsourcing and business transactions.

"Midsize enterprises that want to succeed with Industry 4.0 projects need experienced, specialized partners for IT, process and legal consulting as well as auditing," emphasizes Sycor Chief Executive Officer Rüdiger Krumes. Industry 4.0 projects not only open up possibilities for new business processes and increasingly complex business models, but also require companies to be very efficient and willing to change. The digitalization and networking of products, machines, processes and people with ITC systems along the entire value chain – and across company boundaries – that is typical for Industry 4.0 represents a challenge for the organization, processes and IT. "Ensuring the required, consistent IT support for processes is a complex task for the IT infrastructure. The high degree of networking also requires experience in dealing with integrated overall systems," Rüdiger Krumes continues.

"Under this cooperation agreement, we contribute consulting expertise in the production processes, risk management and the essential legal and taxation topics," adds Heiko Jacob, partner at Baker Tilly Roelfs. "In doing so, we ensure a constructive and successful implementation of Industry 4.0 projects from the outset." How important Baker Tilly Roelfs' auditing expertise is in this environment is made transparent by Jacob: "Industry 4.0 is going to displace classic business models and bring forth new approaches that are increasingly or exclusively digital. What's more, current value chains will be turned inside-out and entirely reshaped by disruptive changes. Delivery and performance relationships are going to form through close digital networking across company boundaries in the future. These changes also have a massive impact on company valuation and accounting as well as internal and external reporting." Baker Tilly Roelfs helps companies assess opportunities and risks, and assists with the conceptual design and definition of corresponding IT systems and IT-supported processes as well as compliance systems in order to complete this digital transformation successfully.

Sycor as a full-range IT service provider has many years of experience in IT strategy consulting and the implementation of the technologies required for Industry 4.0 projects, including networks, IT security, cloud computing, mobile devices and mobile data capture. Sycor also handles the setup of integrated, comprehensive IT systems, the implementation of suitable individual applications, their operation and the creation of the required interfaces. "We provide IT process support along the entire value chain up to the business process and full outsourcing – supported by the comprehensive consulting expertise of Baker Tilly Roelfs," says Sycor Managing Director Krumes.

"Just like Sycor, we have established experience with SMEs. We serve companies according to their strategy, objectives and processes," adds Heiko Jacob of Baker Tilly Roelfs. "Together we offer an integrated selection of services for Industry 4.0 projects to SMEs, which has not existed in this form before."

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About Baker Tilly Roelfs

Baker Tilly Roelfs is among Germany's largest consulting firms operated as a partnership and an independent member of the worldwide Baker Tilly International network. Auditors, lawyers and tax consultants along with business consultants jointly offer a broad range of individual and innovative consulting services.

Baker Tilly Roelfs develops solutions tailored precisely to each client and implements them according to the highest efficiency and quality standards. On the basis of an entrepreneurial consulting philosophy, the partners responsible for the clients assemble interdisciplinary teams of specialists that precisely meet the respective project requirements.

The interdisciplinary competencies are bundled in these competence centers: Financial Services, Fraud • Risk • Compliance, Health Care, Private Clients, Public Sector, Real Estate, Restructuring, Shipping, Sports, Transactions, Valuation and Insurance.

Baker Tilly Roelfs is represented in Germany with 1,050 employees at twelve locations. Consulting at the global level is provided by 165 partner companies with over 28,000 employees in 141 countries within Baker Tilly International, a worldwide network of independent audit and consulting

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About Sycor

The Sycor Group is a full-range IT service provider with around 550 employees around the world. With headquarters in Göttingen and further locations in Germany, Austria, North and South America, and Asia, the company has an international presence. Sycor supports customers with custom IT services and solutions for all corporate divisions along the entire value chain, integrating individual solutions harmoniously into existing ones or setting up completely new infrastructure and application landscapes.

Its own solutions, vertical add-ons, and all services in the area of SAP ERP and Microsoft Dynamics AX are just as much a part of the selection as quality-assured solutions and services for IT outsourcing, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Enterprise Content Management (ECM). This broad know-how also includes unified communications, software asset management, security, and networks. Sycor implements professional online solutions in the field of business-to-business and business-to-consumer applications with ERP or CRM integration. In addition, the company realizes cloud, on-premise, or hybrid solutions according to customer requirements and finds custom solutions in the areas of Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things (IoT), and big data.

Sycor GmbH maintains a quality management system certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001. Furthermore, Sycor is a Gold-Level Channel Partner, Hosting Partner, and Partner Center of Expertise of SAP Deutschland AG & Co. KG. As a Microsoft partner the company is a Cloud Solution Provider and Strategic Development Partner for the areas of leasing, trade, service, and maintenance of mobile goods and fleet management. Sycor's expert knowledge in the areas of professional services and manufacturing has made them a member of the Microsoft Dynamics Industry Partner Program (EMEA). Various gold and silver competencies represent the broad expertise in the Microsoft environment.

The Sycor Group generated sales of EUR 66.7 million with an average of 520 employees in 2015.

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