Winshuttle Enhances SAP Financial's Closing Cockpit With Free Task Loading Tool

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closingEXPRESS Automates the Upload of Closing Tasks

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How the Home Depot implemented Winshuttle's software to automate their financial data upload from Microsoft Excel to SAP.

To help ease the pressure for finance teams during period end closing, Winshuttle and SAP have collaborated to provide closingEXPRESS, a free tool that automatically uploads closing tasks from Microsoft Excel into the SAP Closing Cockpit application. The tool can be downloaded at http://www.winshuttle.com/closingexpress.html and also at the SAP EcoHub site https://ecohub.sdn.sap.com/ .

Many companies are struggling to develop a cost-effective financial closing process that is easy to manage, produces on-time accurate results, and complies with reporting and regulatory guidelines. SAP Financial's Closing Cockpit can shorten the financial period-end close by up to 50 percent, provide more transparency and reliability in period-end closes, and give senior management more time for decision-making based on financial information they can trust.

Winshuttle's closingEXPRESS enables customers to achieve a fast, reliable close by providing a template to list all of the closing tasks in Excel which can be then easily uploaded to the SAP Closing Cockpit application.

"SAP is committed to improving the financial close processes for its customers," said Rebecca Polley, vice president of solutions management at SAP. "The integration of an Excel-based task list with the Closing Cockpit functionality of SAP via closingEXPRESS enables increased efficiency and control in setting up the financial closing processes. And thanks to Winshuttle, this comes at no extra cost to our customers."

"Finance executives demand speed, accuracy and control when pulling the books together at the end of every period," said Vikram Chalana, Winshuttle's chief technology officer. "closingEXPRESS is an easy-to-use, Excel-based tool that automates data loading into the SAP Closing Cockpit system, helping to orchestrate the closing process across all organizational units."

Winshuttle will be demoing closingEXPRESS and other SAP data management tools at booth 920 at the SAP Financials conference, located in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, March 17-19, 2009. In addition, James Donegan from the Home Depot will be presenting a session entitled, "How the Home Depot implemented Winshuttle's software to automate their financial data upload from Microsoft Excel to SAP." The session will take place on Wednesday, March 18 at 4:00 pm PT.

About Winshuttle
Winshuttle, Inc. is the leading provider of data entry and data download tools for SAP users worldwide. Winshuttle's products replace manual data input and complex technical tools by easily and securely shuttling data between Microsoft Excel or Access and SAP without programming. Winshuttle's flagship product, transactionSHUTTLE, effectively bridges the needs of business users with the governance requirements of IT. transactionSHUTTLE transforms business processes for both implementation and post production projects, including data import, data quality and data integration. Managing SAP data has never been simpler for the hundreds of Global 2000 companies that rely on Winshuttle.

Headquartered in Bothell, Washington, Winshuttle has offices in the United Kingdom, France and India. For more information visit http://www.winshuttle.com , call 1-800-711-9798.

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