Cloud is the way to go for Holidu
The leading search engine for holiday homes, Holidu, recently introduced the cloud ERP solution SAP Business ByDesign. The implementation partner is the 100% Cloud Company all4cloud from Viernheim. With SAP Business ByDesign, Holidu uses a scalable solution that positions the company well for the rapidly growing international business. In order to further increase its agility, Holidu has also decided to use the SAP Cloud Platform Integration. This enables non-SAP systems, cloud applications and data from external partners to be connected flexibly and easily in order to drive business forward.
The tourism industry and the holiday home market are worth billions, highly competitive and booming more than ever. Holidu, founded in 2014 by the Internet pioneers Johannes and Michael Siebers, is asserting itself in this environment. In less than four years, the young company has grown from three to well over one hundred employees and is internationally active in 21 markets. Consequently, investments in a modern Cloud ERP solution were necessary to establish quickly adaptable, automated processes.
Today we have hundreds of partnerships and tens of thousands of international customers per month, including different payment models and currencies. This makes our cross-border business model complex. That’s why we were looking for a scalable and flexible system for our accounting. We opted for SAP Business ByDesign because it can grow with our business and reflect our international expansion well.
Michael and Johannes Siebers, the founders of Holidu GmbH, unanimously declare the decision.
The finance department benefits
With the cloud solution, Holidu covers all processes in financial accounting and treasury at its Munich headquarters. In the meantime, 20 users are using SAP Business ByDesign. With the introduction of the solution, Holidu was also able to bring all previously outsourced financial functions back into the company. Accordingly, not only the position of the finance department has grown. The team has also grown to be able to use all the functions of the new system landscape accordingly.
The focus is now increasingly on a detailed data analysis, the interpretation of the results as well as the support of management in corporate management. In addition, controlling also uses the new Cloud ERP solution for cost tracking, budgeting processes and the billing of services between company divisions. All in all, the finance department can now map the rapidly growing business much more flexibly and efficiently. Monthly and quarterly reports can be generated earlier. Meanwhile, professionalized internal reports for management enable more targeted control of revenues and costs.
Agile and variable with SAP Cloud Platform Integration
As a search engine provider for holiday homes, Holidu cooperates with numerous partners. Various payment options for international customers require many interfaces. Therefore all4cloud was responsible for the implementation of SAP Business ByDesign as well as for the SAP Cloud Platform Integration. A special feature in the course of the project was the training of the Holidu employees by the SAP specialists from all4cloud. After all, the objective was for them to use the platform independently from now on. With the SAP Cloud Platform Integration, Holidu can connect new solutions flexibly and as required and thus quickly adapt its business to market changes. “Our special business model with the resulting complex booking logic presented the SAP consultants at all4cloud and ourselves with great challenges,” explains Dr. Alexander Stimpfle, Head of Finance at Holidu.
We had to marry this logic with the SAP functionality while maintaining a pragmatic, scalable path. The result achieved is in line with our expectations.
The financial accounting system makes the advantages of the high-performance and reliable Cloud ERP solution particularly clear: the billing of services between company divisions for services rendered is possible significantly faster. The new solution shows precisely which effort was made for which division of the company group and simplifies customer accounting thanks to its simple expandability.
Short profile Holidu
The Holidu GmbH with seat in Munich is a world-wide prominent search machine for holiday houses and – dwellings. As comparison portal Holidu examines millions of vacation accommodations from hundreds of reservation sides and makes a price saving possible of up to 55 % for the same accommodation in the same travel period. The search engine uses a self-developed image recognition technology to find identical properties from different providers and to show the best price. The start-up was founded in 2014 by the brothers Johannes and Michael Siebers and has been growing rapidly ever since. In 2018, Holidu was named the best search engine for holiday homes by the independent consumer magazine “Guter Rat”.
Short profile all4cloud
The all4cloud GmbH & Co. KG is a 100% cloud company. It accompanies medium-sized businesses on their way into the future. To this end, all4cloud has specialized in SAP’s leading cloud ERP solution: SAP Business ByDesign. For this purpose, all4cloud also offers the maintenance software eam4cloud and the scanner solution scan4cloud. all4cloud is SAP Gold and Cloud Focus Partner as well as Master VAR (Master Value-Added Reseller) and member of the SAP Extended Business Program of SAP Deutschland SE & Co. KG as well as Recognized Expertise for SAP Business ByDesign. The IT service provider has already successfully led more than 190 companies into the cloud in over 70 projects. In January 2017, SAP named all4cloud the most successful SAP Business ByDesign partner in Central and Eastern Europe (MEE).