London, United Kingdom â February 22, 2005 â webMethods, Inc. (Nasdaq: WEBME), a leading business integration software company, today announced that Fujifilm France has deployed webMethods Fabric, specifically the webMethods Integration Platform component, to create a "profitability information centre." The profitability information centre is allowing Fujifilm France to aggregate and gain visibility into their real-time business and financial data in order to better determine profitability levels in a market that is extremely volatile and has renewal cycles of less than 12 months. In this environment, the ability to acquire real-time profitability assessment capabilities is crucial in helping Fujifilm France to retain market leadership.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Japanese imaging technology leader Fuji Photo Film, Fujifilm France formed its profitability information centre to compare historical business information archived in Fujifilm Franceâs databases with current incoming data, enabling the company to ascertain real-time profitability thresholds. webMethods Fabric is being employed to link together the myriad different systems used to manage Fujifilm Franceâs business, and to migrate the companyâs custom built enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to a commercially available ERP system, helping to improve the overall information technology infrastructure of the company.
"Without webMethods Fabric, migration to a market ERP would have entailed redevelopment of all of our interfaces," said Dominique Maujard, information system manager, Fujifilm France. "Therefore we decided to overcome this challenge by using a mature, proven, standards-based solution that enables all of our applications to communicate automatically and without having to code each interface by hand."
Dominique Maujard noted that Fujifilm France selected the webMethods Integration Platform after looking into various solutions available on the market and asking other webMethodsâ customers about their experiences with the technology. He stated that Fujifilm France opted for the webMethods business integration solution not only to address the aforementioned challenges, but also "because it offers us an open architecture with a simple enterprise application integration methodology."
Fujifilm France expects to use webMethods Fabric for more initiatives in the future, including the optimisation of electronic data interchange (EDI) between the companyâs head office and its warehouses, as well as the creation of contingency information management scenarios in the event company services are disrupted. The company estimates that the technological expertise acquired during the profitability information centre project has cut development time for subsequent projects by 50%.
"What we find very positive about the approach taken by Fujifilm France and its teams is that the company is very knowledgeable about the challenge of integration via business process automation," said Ken Callahan, director, Consumer Packaged Goods and Retail Industries, webMethods. "We are very pleased to have the opportunity to help Fujifilm France realise their goal of optimising their competitiveness and profitability in a market that is consistently growing and changing."