Flowgear, the integration platform for digital agility, enables Leatt Corp to expand its business by integrating an e-commerce portal with its SAP Business One management software.Leatt Corp, an innovative designer, developer and distributor of personal protective gear for sports, is a success story in the sports protection gear industry. Starting as a personal project to protect motorcycle riders, the company has developed a range of award-winning protective products that are sold around the world.
The company decided to grow sales by adding the NuORDER ecommerce portal to increase its reach in the North American online consumer market, and to provide a wholesale distribution capability to the business. Leatt uses the SAP Business One ERP system to manage many aspects of the business and needed to ensure that as soon as NuORDER went live they could automate the integration of data with Business One. They looked at various integration solutions, including some from SAP, and decided that the Flowgear integration platform was the best solution.
Herman Keuler, IT manager for Leatt, initially approached SAP for an integration solution but could not find a Business One integration function that met his needs, and did not want to be tied to an ongoing consulting project. So he searched via Google for integration solutions that did not require a high level of technical skills, and which suited a mid-size company like Leatt. After evaluating a few solutions, the company selected the Flowgear integration platform because it had the required depth of functionality and offered the level of support needed.
The integration project
Using Flowgear, Leatt delivered on all their integration requirements in four weeks; including the main areas of order management, inventory control and updates, pricing maintenance, and customer management. These integrations are automated and run hourly. Keuler made use of Flowgear’s Professional Services team to supplement his IT team during the project, but after the project finished Leatt only pay for the integration capabilities they use – no ongoing technical or consulting service is required.
Keuler commented that working with Flowgear was a “very positive experience.” Because Flowgear is a modern integration platform, there is now more confidence in the data integration capabilities they are using and will need in future. Flowgear has also opened up the scope for other business integration requirements.
By automating the integration process, the business has been able to free up valuable resources to do other value-adding activities instead of administering data feeds and transfers.