Agricultural Engineering Meets Mobile App Management

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Agricultural machinery
Europe

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Mobile App Management

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Access for more than 4000 users
iOS, Android

“Relution proved to be the ideal solution for us in order to centrally manage our apps and perfectly deliver them to our partners. The collaboration with the Relution team is very pleasant and fast.”

Stephan Niewöhner, Project Manager, CLAAS KGaA mbH

About CLAAS

CLAAS is a family business founded in 1913 and is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of agricultural engineering equipment. The company, with corporate headquarters in Harsewinkel, Westphalia, is the European market leader in combine harvesters. CLAAS is the world leader in another large product group, self-propelled forage harvesters. CLAAS is also a top performer in worldwide agricultural engineering with tractors, agricultural balers and green harvesting machinery. The CLAAS product portfolio also includes state-of-the-art farming information technology. CLAAS employs around 11,000 workers worldwide and reported a turnover of 3.8 billion euros in the financial year of 2014.

Customer’s Needs

CLAAS was looking for a software platform to manage mobile apps and to make them available to partners and retailers quickly and easily.

The mobile app management system was supposed to meet the following requirements:

  • Easy software distribution of iOS and Android apps to external partners through an Claas App Store App
  • Branded app and administrator web portal with CLAAS corporate identity (CI)
  • Full app version management
  • Connecting to the continuous integration tool Jenkins for automated app uploads to Relution
  • User friendly interface for developers and the involved departments
  • Scalability for thousands of devices and hundreds of apps
  • Connecting to an internal LDAP server to synchronize users and groups
  • On premise installation

Solution

Relution meets all of CLAAS’ requirements while offering an unsurpassed user experience for end users, developers and administrators. The customer chose Relution’s on premise enterprise edition, in order to manage all information from inside its own secure infrastructure and to simplify connecting the existing systems. Updates for the custom mobile clients as well as server updates are rolled out in agreement with the customer, and a dedicated support team is always available.

Future

The successful cooperation between CLAAS and the Relution team at M-Way Solutions continues, as we discuss new features to be implemented in upcoming versions of Relution. This includes, for example, support and distribution of Windows 10 apps or an app signing service.

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