Birchman qualifies as a worldwide service provider
Last January the International Standardization Organization (ISO) has granted certification in two different international standard versions to the Birchman Group. Specifically the ISO20.000:2011 and the ISO27.001: 2005, which regulate the provision and security over the information of the 24 x 7 Birchman Service Desk.
These rules come to confirm the quality that Birchman provides to its customers. Not only in provisioning efficient services, but also in preserving the end-to-end security. Birchman has a high internal exigency level to purvey a fast and efficient service to the needs of every customer.
In addition, Birchman executed the certification process according to the international standards, ISO20.000:2011 with APMG and ISO27.000:2005 UKAS model, which qualify our firm as a worldwide service provider.
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Birchman offers expertise to migrate to the SEPA payment standards as the deadline looms
SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area) is the standard payment initiative for 32 counties, including 27 EU member states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Monaco. This will improve cross Euro border payments and reduce the fees of these transactions. UK companies trading in Euro’s will also benefit from reduced fees and faster payments using this payment initiative.
“By February 2014 SEPA credit transfers and direct debits across the euro area will be as easy as domestic payments within one country are now.” European Commission Press Release, December 2011
This standard is legally-binding and the deadline of 1 February 2014 also applies for migration for domestic Euro payments.
Start planning your SAP migration now with the help of Birchman’s rapid deployment expertise. With many SAP migrations already completed, your project will benefit from this extensive experience and move to the SEPA standard before the deadline expires.
If you are also experiencing reporting, data quality or performance issues, Birchman’s fixed fee Value Check service can also support you to identify significant improvements. Some of the benefits include:
Linking financial strategy to financial operations
Identify unused or missing system functionality or enhancements
Identify opportunities to support existing staff work practices
Identify further integration opportunities
Identify Quick Wins
Improved ROI and lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
Birchman qualifies for the SAP BW HANA database migration rapid deployment solution
Birchman has been qualified by SAP for the 'Rapid database migration of SAP NetWeaver BW to SAP HANA', utilising Birchman investment in the HANA box, technical experts and Business Intelligence focus.
The migration starts with a planning assessment, and the scope of the rapid deployment solution can also include HANA installation, Data optimisation, Unicode conversion for example.
If you are current experiencing reporting performance and data latency issues, running your data warehouse on SAP HANA will deliver significant improvements. Some of the benefits include: • Deliver superior Reporting Performance • Have real-time data access • Simulate more and Plan Faster! • Ensure superior Loading Performance • Provide simplified Maintenance • Ensure flexibility with modelling • Migrate without reimplementation and without disruption of existing scenarios
Undertaking this as a rapid deployment solution also delivers benefits: • Work with simplified process due to streamlining of steps • Ensure secured planning due to fixed price and timeline for migration • Work with an end-to-end solution based on individual customer needs
Birchman qualifies for SAP CRM Mobile Sales rapid-deployment solution live at SAPPHIRE 2012
Birchman UK and Spain completed the live qualification for SAP CRM Mobile Sales rapid-deployment solution at SAPPHIRE 2012 that look place in November in Madrid.
CRM Mobile Sales provides anywhere, anytime access to critical SAP CRM data using smartphones, such as iPhones, Android and Windows Mobile devices. Whether at a customer site or in an airplane, sales professionals have quick and reliable access to their CRM data from their mobile device of choice in order to maximise their productivity and effectiveness - the solution provides access to SAP CRM accounts, contacts, leads, opportunities, activities and analytics all from a mobile device.
This award recognises an outstanding new initiative from a telecoms or ICT solution provider or from an operator/service provider (mobile, wireless, fixed or ISP), that has enabled greater cost-efficiency in the provision of telecoms, media and ICT services in Africa since November 2011.
AfricaCom Awards' Emily Martyr commented that the competition was fierce this year with a record number of entries, up 60% on last year, which itself was a bumper year.
"The quality and number of entries into these awards is testament to the importance of this sector across Africa" she said.
Conduct, a Birchman subsidiary, is a new technology venture that aims to revolutionise the South African telecommunications market by building a trusted, open-access, optical network in the last mile. It deploys carrier neutral, dark fibre optic networks to the premises. This optic network in the last mile allows users and service providers to interact freely and directly.
For more information see http://conductinfo.co.za/ or contact Niel Schoeman -
Birchman Middle East announces an exclusive partnership with RTS Consulting Inc.
RTS Consulting Inc. is SAP’s co-innovation partner for Energy Management. The company was a finalist of the SAP Pinnacle Award for Sustainability in 2011 & 2012 and global leader in providing SAP manufacturing solutions. Their Energy Management Information System (RTS EMIS) is a Rapid Deployment Solution (RDS) which is built using SAP’s MII – Energy.
With this exclusive partnership Birchman will provide their expertise in the MENA region extending the offering and capabilities of the EMIS to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
The partnership will enable all energy intensive businesses including Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Processing, Mining etc in the MENA region to proactively manage energy usage, in essence, as a raw material and thus significantly reduce their energy use, intensity and cost.
Organizations will also benefit from RTS and Birchman’s proven SAP expertise “There are many initiatives within the MENA region such as the Green Economy, the Dubai Integrated Energy strategy 2030, the World Energy Forum 2012, International Earth Hours and Earth Summit etc. that can capitalize upon the sustainable utilization of power, water and other natural resources. By using EMIS the business community will have access to real time actionable information to optimize energy consumption (electrical power, compressed air, steam, diesel, natural gas, thermal oil, etc. including water)” – Says Iftekhar Ahmed, Middle East Partner of The Birchman Group.
Iftekhar believes that EMIS can help organizations meet environmental standards, ensure environmental compliance, improve overall sustainability and improve their competitive position by lowering operating expenses (OPEX).
RTS has over 20 years of experience in plant-to-ERP integration; its energy solution is a proven product, which is quickly deployable in only 14 weeks, providing quick time to value and a high ROI.
With its mandate to be a Centre of Excellence for SAP sustainability products, the Birchman adds an essential ingredient for successful deployment of SAP sustainability applications.
Management Budgeting and Consolidation - SAP BPC Seminar
Birchman Spain is holding a seminar at the Plaza Hotel in Andorra la Vella on October 25th, 2012.
SAP BPC for Financial Planning and Consolidation allows you to simplify and optimise your budgeting, planning and forecasting. Additionally, you can quickly and efficiently consolidate financial information for legal reporting, statutory and management, allowing you to perform a precise closure.
Would you like to improve the accuracy of forecasts and financial reporting?
What if you have a tool that can bear in new accounting and international standards?
For answers to these and many more questions attend the "First Seminar Management Budgeting and Consolidation - SAP BPC"
For more information please contact Mario Martinez
Conference on Project Management with EPM
23rd October 2012
Headquarters of “Foment del Treball” in Barcelona
Project management in organisations is key to ensure the day to day of many of the company’s initiatives and activities. A good application of this discipline not only ensures the proper execution of the activities, but also minimises deviations and possible losses. The baseline is to have a good practice on project portfolio management and an integrated management of the projects into programs.
In times of crisis, this practice is even more relevant since the alignment with business strategy, the justification of the return on investment and budgetary control become major axes for the execution of projects, initiatives and programs.
The aim of the session is to provide a very practical and focused vision on these aspects and details, based on the example of an implementation of a Project Office (PMO).
During this conference, we will also review the new Microsoft Project Server 2013 and its “cloud” version.
For more information, please contact Esteve Vilelle
Cloud Enabled Processes – Driving Operating Model Improvements. Joint Birchman & Microsoft Event.
Birchman and Microsoft are holding a joint Breakfast event on 11th October 2012.
Businesses continually strive to deliver the benefits associated with a Better, Faster, Safer, Cheaper operating model. The majority of changes to the operating model are 'IT enabled' however, this no longer means having to have a large on-premise skill base and/or infrastructure and systems investment.
The pace of business is continually increasing and there are long lead times, skills shortages and large upfront costs associated with 'IT enabled' change.
These work against rapid business operating model change! – that is, until now.
By taking ownership of the business process layer of the operating model, and moving workloads to the cloud, we are seeing how organisations are able to engage 'IT as a Service' and enable timely and effective business model changes. Cloud computing is a 'NOW' decision for many organisations. The use of an operating model driven cloud journey will help your organisation make the right decision.
Join Birchman and Microsoft as we discuss how capturing business processes and adoption of the cloud-enabled Microsoft platform enables the delivery of a Better, Faster, Safer, Cheaper operating model and positions your organisation to adopt 'IT as a Service'.
When: 11th October 2012
Where: Enex 100 Seminar Room Level 3, 100 St Georges Terrace Perth, Western Australia 6000
Schedule: 7.30 for an 8am start Presentation will be finished by 8.45
Refreshments will be provided.
Birchman achieves 3 Microsoft Gold Competencies
Birchman is delighted to announce that our Spanish subsidiary has recently achieved three Microsoft Gold Competency awards and two Silver Competency awards.
Microsoft certifies its partners in a ‘by competence’ model. Within each competence, Microsoft’s highest level certification is Gold and the next is Silver.
Obtaining a Gold certification in a Microsoft competency certifies Birchman in terms of successful customer references, certified development team and sales process. The achievement of these awards positions Birchman as one of the leading Microsoft partners in Europe and Spain.
The three Gold certifications achieved are:
Portals and Collaboration: this competency certifies Birchman for developing Intranet, Extranet, Horizontal Portals and Web Sites solutions built using SharePoint
Business Intelligence: this competency certifies Birchman for developing ETLs, Data warehouses, Data Analysis and Visualization solutions based on Microsoft SQL Server
Web Development: this competency certifies Birchman for web development using Microsoft .Net Framework
SAP User Conference, 18th – 20th November, Manchester, UK
Birchman are sponsoring and attending the annual SAP User Group Conference taking place in Manchester Central. This is a fantastic opportunities to network with and learn from peers and SAP Experts alike; explore how to drive added value from your investment in SAP; and discover the latest innovations in the SAP world and understand the future.
Conference highlights include:
New and improved 3 day programme with over 70 educational sessions
Inspirational Keynote Speakers
80 Minute MBA
Exhibition in excess of 75 SAP Partners
Social networking events including the gala dinner at the Lancashire County Cricket Club
If you plan to attend please contact Birchman for a discount code. For further details regarding the event please contact the SAP User Group website for UK and Ireland at www.sapusers.org
BusinessObjects User Group, 3rd October, London, UK
Birchman are sponsoring and attending the BOUG in October in London.
The event includes presentations from SAP (A whistle stop tour of the new things coming out of SAP in the Business Analytics arena) and Manchester City Council, with the opportunity to network.
Address: Cavendish Conference Centre, 22 Duchess Mews, London, W1G 9DT
For more details please contact the SAP User Group website for UK and Ireland at
Performance Management with New SAP Solutions Event
Today it is very important for a CFO to ensure that the company is performing well from a profitability point of view, but also that the company’s short term requirements for cash are met.
Sound financial performance will ensure the company’s mid-term and long-term viability. Careful management of cash flow assures the short-term survival in moments of tight liquidity.
Birchman Spain will be hosting an information session on Performance Management.
Throughout the session leading-edge SAP applications will be demonstrated that maximise the productivity of a business, such as: Budgeting: SAP BPC and IP solutions for budget and cash flow management. Analysis of actual performance: CO-PA and/ or PCM Cash Flow Analysis: Bank Communication, Bank Balance, Liquidity Planner Dashboard control: BO and Strategy Management.
When: Madrid: June 19th, 2012 Barcelona: June 20th, 2012
Where: SAP MADRID Torrelaguna, 77. Block SAP 28043 Madrid
SAP BARCELONA Torre Diagonal Mar, Plant 13 Carrer Josep Pla, No. 2 08019 Barcelona
For more information please contact
or phone +34 93 553.38.21.
Limited spaces available.
Birchman UK Releases SAP Support YouTube Video
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Birchman receives SAP Partner Center of Expertise (PCOE) Certification
Birchman is delighted to announce that we have received SAP Partner Center of Expertise (PCOE) Certification in the UK and Spain.
SAP PCOE is a new certification that has been introduced by SAP. It is a prerequisite for Birchman to provide support to Value Added Reseller (VAR) customers and provides further recognition for non-VAR support customers of our ‘high quality support services’.
The benefits to our customers are: • World class quality and fair value of maintenance and support. • Standardised end to end support. • Industry leading compliant service and support delivery processes.
For further information regarding Birchman’s SAP Support Services please click here.
Conduct Telecommunications Plans to Extend its High Speed Access Network
Conduct Telecommunications, a “last-mile” fibre-optic telecommunications operator owned by the Birchman Group, plans to extend its high-speed access network to more suburbs in Johannesburg in the next few months, including to Rosebank, Chislehurston and Rivonia.
The company, which has raised funding from the Industrial Development Corp, recently completed the roll-out of fibre to parts of Illovo’s business district, where it is offering access through five service provider partners, with more to follow.
Conduct Telecommunications is new FTTx player in South Africa
Conduct Telecommunications (Conduct) a subsidiary of The Birchman Group is the latest company in South Africa to invest in fibre infrastructure aimed at providing cost effective and fast access to metropolitan fibre networks.
Conduct is rolling out last mile fibre infrastructure, connecting business and office blocks to backhaul metropolitan networks from companies such as Dark Fibre Africa.
Multinational consulting and managed services company, the Birchman Group, is entering SA’s telecommunications market with plans, eventually, to invest billions of rand in a national wholesale fibre-optic network to connect small, medium and large enterprises to high-speed broadband.
The company, which has launched Conduct Telecommunications and raised funding from the Industrial Development Corp, has already completed its first project, wiring up businesses in the Johannesburg suburb of Illovo, near Sandton, to high-speed fibre infrastructure.
In April 2012 Mark Reid and Andy Weir (from Bankwest) and Phil Thistlethwaite (Birchman CEO) are travelling to England to complete in the Virgin London Marathon in support of the Miracle Babies Foundation (Australia).
Between them they are lucky to be the proud fathers to a total of 8 healthy, beautiful children. Sadly, others aren't quite so lucky with many children born premature, sick or even tragically losing their fight for life.
Why are they running? They are not just running for glory. They are running to support premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them.
Follow them as they embark on an extraordinary journey. A journey that will be filled with ups and downs, questions of ability, fears of not reaching their milestones and pure elation as they work towards a truly life changing experience. This is a test of endurance. Each runner will face over 6 months of preparation. Not only do they have to train their bodies and minds to cross that finish line, they have to raise between them a minimum of $50,000 for Miracle Babies Foundation.
Each day there are countless families in Australia facing an even greater test. Every year around 44,000 newborn babies require the help of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Special Care Nursery (SCN). 25,000 of these babies are born premature and up to 1000 babies lose their fight for life.
The birth of a premature or sick newborn can be an overwhelming and traumatic experience for families. Their lives are permanently changed, significantly influenced by their NICU experience.
Team Miracle Babies is running to change this! Miracle Babies Foundation works tirelessly to positively change this experience through the national services provided:
NurtureProgram®: A complete parent support program. This is a free program which includes early intervention programs for families after discharge.
Online Information and Resources: Access to current, relevant, Australian information is extremely important to families. Funded by the NSW Government, the Miracle Babies Foundation website is Australia’s premiere online resource for families.
Education: Miracle Babies Foundation provides training and education on a Parents Perspective at Neonatal Nurses Conferences, Seminars, Colleges and Hospital Inservices. Integrating a Parents Perspective in the education of health professionals greatly assists and promotes the benefits of providing family centered care.
Hospital: Support is provided for Australia’s hospitals through resources for miracle families, funding for equipment and scholarships for health professionals. To date, Miracle Babies has donated over $500,000 to hospitals.
Please support the great work of the Miracle Babies Foundation by sponsoring them to complete the London Marathon. Donating couldn’t be easier!!!
Air pollution is a serious concern in Santiago, particularly during the cold winter months. As the city lies in a valley surrounded by mountains (the Andes on the East and the Coastal Chain on the West, and both come together in the North and South of the city) in the winter time there is a cold air formation that lingers on the mountain tops and in effect operates like the lid of a saucepan, acting as a barrier for the warm polluted air to move upward and out, and let fresh air move in.
Birchman Chile and a series of other companies have joined up to produce and distribute a daily report that is sent around first thing every working-day morning to the e-mail addresses of all employees at a number of companies that have signed up. It is done with a view that the recipients can warn their families when the air is not apt for outdoor activities, etc, and to promote cutting down on heating with polluting energy sources and car-usage when things get bad.
The image below is what is sent out. We have received a lot of positive feedback from people who receive the message.
For more information, please contact Paul Griffiths.