Focus on Microsoft customers

We like to announce that Ometa has recently closed a partnership with Advantive. As an IT service supplier, Advantive is specialized in Microsoft solutions and active in The Netherlands and Belgium. Advantive has already helped many clients with optimizing their Office 365 / SharePoint environments for document management and collaboration.​ Now, thanks to the partnership with Ometa, Advantive will be able to offer their clients solutions that are fully integrated with their back-office processes and ERP applications. Also here, our common goal is to help organisations achieve operational excellence!​​

Offering fully integrated solutions

Advantive is specialized in Microsoft solutions and with the help of the Ometa framework, they are now able to offer their clients full integrations between their ERP-applications and their Office 365 / SharePoint.

More and more organizations choose to use Office 365 and SharePoint for more efficient and productive (online) document management, collaboration, knowledge sharing and communication. The challenge of many companies is to integrate their ERP solution with their Office 365 / SharePoint environment. Through our collaboration, we can provide users with real-time information from the ERP system directly in their Office 365 and/or SharePoint environment. This results in a better user experience, more collaboration opportunities and knowledge exchange.

Integrating ERP with Office 365 and SharePoint

The collaboration between Advantive and Ometa is aimed at realizing ERP integrations with Office 365 / SharePoint (Online). Through the use of different systems within an organization, knowledge and information are often recorded in a scattered way. Thanks to the integration of systems, information and knowledge become immediately available for the end-users. This makes data more consistent and organizations more productive.

An important aspect is that we do not need to reorganize existing processes in the ERP systems. Our technology only requires a configuration, which displays the data real-time and in the desired way in SharePoint or Office 365. For the customer, our collaboration with Advantive means that an integration requires only minimal time and effort in exchange for maximum results.

Cipal Schaubroeck selects Ometa for implementation of Digital Social File solution

As a result of a succesful Proof of Concept (POC) at the Social Housing Service from the city of Mechelen, in which we disclosed data towards a userfriendly collaboration environment by using a case driven system, Cipal Schaubroeck has now selected Ometa as a partner for the further implementation of its Digital Social File solution.

Beyond mid-office

Within local authorities, we are observing a comparable separation of information into different types of storage where we like to refer to as “silos”. For many years now, cities and municipalities are having several ideas of implementing optimizations to bring together all these silo processes into a case driven system. This has led to what we know as mid-office.

In fact, these mid-office applications ask for a new set-up of the current processes, while a whole range of applications is already being rolled out to support the most complex government systems and taking legislation into account. Obviously, changing these processes would demand a huge investment in terms of time, adaptation and money.

Therefore, thanks to Ometa’s expertise in integrations, we make sure that mid-office is no longer needed. This means that the existing processes and applications do not have to be changed. Instead, they are being extended with a collaboration layer. This collaboration layer enables the front-office employees to collaborate on several topics, using the information stored in the existing applications. Important to note is that the users do not need any technical knowledge of these applications, since they are enabled to collaborate in a user-friendly Microsoft front-office.


Keeping existing applications

There are some great advantages to this new approach. First of all, the existing applications do not have to be migrated, which means that the big investments over the years in these products don’t have to be cut down. The processes don’t have to be changed, so run times are limited. Not only in terms of implementation, but also in user experience this is a true relieve. The back-office world of information that employees have built up through the years, can now be consulted directly through the glasses of a new front-end. This results in a faster user adaptation.


To show these advantages in a real life situation, we started with a Proof of Concept (POC) with the City of Mechelen. Their IT department was able to do the configuration completely independent, with Ometa only playing a guiding role by giving support. Next to Mechelen, also the OCMWs (Social Houses) of Hasselt, Turnhout, Genk, Brasschaat and Sint-Pieters-Leeuw were involved.


Proof is provided

The result of the POC is very much appreciated. Not only the result that processes and existing applications do not have to be changed, but also the fact that the Ometa framework is easily configurable and very flexible, made it clear to Cipal Schaubroeck that this way of working could be interesting for other municipalities as well. Therefore, Cipal Schaubroeck will offer this solution to its customers.  The solution will be available in two versions: in the cloud and on-premises. That way, other local governments will be able to enrich their application for social services and improve their service towards citizens.


As a result, about 80 municipalities will start using the DSD solution in the upcoming two years. Moreover, the solution was nominated for the Belfius Smart City Award for municipalities with >30,000 inhabitants. Read the article here (Dutch read).

Fokker GKN has selected Ometa to disclose its ERP data in realtime. Nowadays, information is being locked in separate systems, far away from the end-users. Therefore, the goal is to unlock all different systems that the company is using (Infor ERP and Enovia PDM), to bring the relevant information together and to integrate it into the production floors. In other words, to bring back information to those employees who need it.

A big challenge was to share knowledge by building a task-directed system which is dependent on the planned production order, the knowledge of an operator and the instruction that has to be carried out. Therefore, to give an example: the execution of an assembly not only has to consist of the required materials, but at the same time also the actions and instructions that go with the execution.

This means specifications, drawings and actions need to be made clear in a visual way. The power of working task-directed in an industrial environment, is to do this without too much text, but mainly by means of visualization. Ometa was able to realise this project by collaborating with Vanenburg Systems and 3D Value. Via a realtime planning portal and a task-directed system, the first release is now in use by the operators for a Proof of Concept (POC).

Mainly the digital integration of the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), the ERP and the planning portal is enabling a flexible way of working that takes the knowledge of the operators into account. We can state that Fokker GKN is truly realizing the Industry 4.0 concept. At Ometa we are very delighted to be a part of this evolution!