Corpus-C from Fürth is a design agency specialising in strategic product design in medical technology. The goal of the team around the two managing directors Alexander Müller and Sebastian Maier is to support manufacturers of medical devices in meeting the requirements of future products.
For the start-up, which has been on the market since 2007, the main focus is on the utility value of the devices. Ergonomics and simple operation prevent user errors and save important seconds in an emergency. Corpus-C designs respirators, dental cameras and patient monitors according to these principles.
"Having been in the industry for almost 15 years, we were aware of the importance of efficient time tracking to our business when we started Corpus-C"says Alexander Müller. "In the beginning, we also worked with Excel spreadsheets, but when, after a labour-intensive project, we had three weeks' worth of backlog hours, we realised that we could make better use of this time, for example by acquiring new customers".says Müller. Consequently, the search began for an inexpensive and efficient time recording software that could also handle project management, travel expense reports and invoicing.
"What convinced us about ZEP was, among other things, the possibility to rent the software via the internet"explains Sebastian Maier. "This removed all the administration work for us that a server installation would have entailed, and we didn't have to invest large sums in product licences." ZEP also scored points with the designers in terms of safety. "The high demands on data security that the provantis server meets are often technically and financially impossible for smaller companies to realise."explains Maier. Within the provantis ZEP cluster, all data is constantly mirrored on a second server. In addition, a daily data backup takes place. All data is transferred to a second location via an encrypted VPN connection and backed up on magnetic tape.
Corpus-C has now been working with ZEP since February 2009. "The operation is very intuitive. Within ten seconds you have recorded your working time for a project".Alexander Müller reports. So ZEP was also well received by the staff. "At our company, it is clear to everyone that the accurate recording of all expenses serves to optimise work processes and to maintain an overview of projects."Müller continues, whose favourite function is automatic invoice generation: "a function that saves us a lot of time." The ZEP billing module offers a detailed breakdown of all costs incurred based on the times recorded. In this way, the services called up by the customer are always clearly visible. "I don't need to spend a lot of time on the phone explaining to a customer who can understand his bill what service is behind this or that amount."says Müller.
At Corpus-C, ZEP has proven itself within a very short time and has given the managing directors and the employees new scope for their actual day-to-day business. This is also due to the fact that ZEP can be used regardless of location and platform thanks to its operation via the web browser. Whether employees are on the road with their MAC or PC in Fürth, Stuttgart or Berlin is irrelevant as long as they have access to the internet. "ZEP has convinced us. There were never any crashes or data loss."
"We would opt for it again at any time and can unreservedly recommend the software from provantis."says Maier.
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