SOURCE: IMG Americas, Inc.

January 15, 2007 11:30 ET

IMG Americas and Ceecom Partner to Deliver a Dealer Service Solution for SAP® Business One

Ceecom's M1 Maintenance System Implemented at Materials Handling Equipment Corporation

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 15, 2007 -- The Information Management Group (IMG), a provider of innovative business engineering services and an authorized SAP® Business One reseller, today announced a partnership with Ceecom, Inc. (Toronto, Canada), a global leader in maintenance, rental and construction solutions for SAP Business One. SAP Business One is SAP's easy-to-deploy, affordable and integrated business management solution for small and midsize enterprises. M1, Ceecom's flagship maintenance and service add-on for SAP Business One, has been implemented at Materials Handling Equipment Corporation (Fort Wayne, IN).The announcements were made at the SAP Field Kick-off Meeting (MGM Grand Conference Center, January 14 - 17).

"Ceecom understands material handling and has developed add-ons to SAP Business One that are designed to reduce maintenance costs, improve equipment utilization, and decrease downtime," noted Klaus Schottenhamel, president and CEO of IMG Americas. "With Ceecom, IMG will be able to expand its SAP Business One offerings and implementations with an integrated solution that meets the needs of dealers who provide equipment maintenance, repair, overhaul, and support services.

"The implementation of SAP Business One and M1 at Materials Handling Equipment Corporation demonstrates how the SAP partner network can effectively enhance the value of SAP Business One by providing a complete and integrated vertical solution meeting the specific needs of the customer," said Ralf Mehnert-Meland director of SAP Business Development, "SAP looks forward to IMG and Ceecom extending this value to dealer outlets nationwide."

The Ceecom and IMG partnership is integral to the SAP partner ecosystem that is evolving to meet specific SME market demands for which SAP Business One was developed. "IMG Americas has the proven track record in SAP Business One implementations," said Ray Talwar, president of Ceecom, "and by partnering with IMG we know that materials handling dealerships will benefit from quick time-to-market and more importantly a quick-time-to-value for SAP Business One with M1."

MHEC Improves Efficiencies by 30%

"SAP Business One with M1 has modernized our operations," noted Kellen Watkins, president of Materials Handling Corporation (MHEC), a provider of forklifts, specialty products (i.e. casters, hand trucks, safety equipment), and all related design, installation, and support services. The company deployed SAP Business One with M1 to create end-to-end visibility into all aspects of its operations including: equipment configurations; maintenance history; spare parts inventory; labor and parts costs; work orders; and warranty claims. With M1, MHEC has a complete system for preventive and non-scheduled maintenance for all types of fixed and mobile equipment.

Seamlessly integrated with SAP Business One with consistent and easy-to-use navigation, M1 has helped to eliminate redundant work flows, which according to Watkins, "has resulted in 30% efficiency improvements." For example, work orders that usually take 5 to 10 minutes to create are now drawn up in under 20 seconds, which translates into significant time and cost savings. "As fast as you can click a mouse on 5 or 6 fields, you're ready to rock with M1," said Watkins. Moving forward, MHEC plans to roll out portals that will give customers easy and immediate access to their complete equipment history. "SAP Business One with M1 allows us to differentiate ourselves in the marketplace -- we can offer business services to our customers that no one else can," said Watkins.

About Ceecom, Inc.

Ceecom develops, markets and supports business management solutions on the SAP Business One platform for: construction; asset maintenance for equipment; fleets and facilities; equipment rental; services; and billing. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Ceecom has a global network of business and consulting partners to support Ceecom solutions worldwide. URL:

About IMG Americas, Inc.

The Information Management Group (IMG) is a leading global provider of innovative business engineering services for small to midsize companies that want business results from their SAP solutions. Specializing in consulting services that align people, processes, and systems with strategies, IMG is a certified SAP Partner with hundreds of successful SAP implementations worldwide. Founded in 1989, IMG is headquartered in St. Gallen, Switzerland and employs over 600 professionals throughout Europe, Asia, the United Kingdom and the United States. IMG Americas is headquartered in the Greater Boston area with offices in Greater Philadelphia and Chicagoland as well as in Atlanta (GA), New York City, (NY), and Mountain View (CA). For more information on IMG Americas, call +1 888 446 4872. URL:

About Materials Handling Equipment Corp

Materials Handling Equipment Corp. (MHEC) is a materials handling engineering and distribution firm. The company has two primary divisions: Mobile Equipment Division (MED) which specializes in distributing all types of material handling equipment, and Engineered Products Division which is focused on providing custom engineered solutions. The Crane Manufacturing Group is under EPD. Founded in 1949, MHEC has branches throughout Indiana and Michigan. MHEC has also designed and installed custom engineering solutions throughout North America. For more information on MHEC, call 800.443.6432, or visit URL:

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