Materion: A Success Story

Introduction & Background

Materion is an advanced materials supplier and the world’s only fully integrated developer and supplier of beryllium (Be), beryllium alloys and beryllium composites. Materion converted their legacy ERP system to SAP. This conversion resulted in different functions that were provided by their legacy ERP system to no longer be available. One offering was allowing their customers to manage their orders, purchase orders, and metal pools. Materion needed a solution that would integrate with SAP and allow their customers to continue to manage this data. This is where the Provato Group came into the equation.

Solution & Results

Provato’s agreed-upon concept was to create a new web application that would integrate with SAP. After researching different tools, Provato selected the RfcConnector tool. Other technologies used for this project were as follows:

● ASP.NET Webforms
● C#
● SQL Server

Working with Materion’s SAP developers, Provato was able to design a data access layer that made RFC calls to the SAP server to retrieve the return structures and transform the data into C# objects. With SAP integration completed, Provato was able to build a .NET Web Application that was agnostic to the backend data source.

As a result of this new application, Materion continues to leverage the eServices application to this date. The RFC Connector proved to be a valuable tool as it provided all the functionality required to integrate with SAP and retrieve data on demand.