Frends iPaaS and S5 Consulting Announce Strategic Partnership to Bring Modern ERP Solutions to Nordic MSEs and Large Enterprises

This collaboration focuses on modernizing IT platforms and ERP solutions, empowering businesses to move beyond traditional on-premises solutions towards flexible, cloud-based, and hybrid integration environments.

Polina Zyaparova


Polina Zyaparova

Marketing & PR at Frends

Oslo, Norway — [24.04.2024] — Frends iPaaS, a pioneering Nordic low-code Integration Platform as a Service on Microsoft Stack, and S5 Consulting, a leading Nordic SAP consultancy firm, are pleased to announce a strategic partnership aimed at transforming ERP integration landscapes for middle-sized and large enterprises. This collaboration focuses on modernizing IT platforms and ERP solutions, empowering businesses to move beyond traditional on-premises solutions towards flexible, cloud-based, and hybrid integration environments.

The partnership is set against a backdrop of businesses increasingly needing to upgrade their ERP systems—such as BizTalk and SAP PI/PO—from rigid, on-premises infrastructures to more dynamic, cloud-based solutions.

"The traditional pro-code competence models are not only costly but also complex, often resulting in vendor lock-in and reduced scalability," says Sveinung Gehrken, CEO of S5 Consulting. "With Frends iPaaS, we found a solution that aligns perfectly with our low-code/no-code philosophy, simplifying the integration process and making it accessible to all key stakeholders, including those within Microsoft environments."

Currently, a staggering 80% of ERP costs are allocated towards maintenance, with only 20% available for innovation. This partnership addresses the critical need to reverse these figures, enabling companies to invest more in innovation to remain competitive and responsive to evolving market demands.

"It is essential that we flip the traditional cost model to prioritize innovation," continues Sveinung. "Our collaboration with Frends iPaaS is a strategic move towards achieving this goal, providing our clients with the tools to support new and more efficient business processes."

Frends iPaaS is renowned for its transparent cost structure and flexible, low-code platform that simplifies complex ERP setups, typically associated with high costs and intricate configurations. "Our platform breaks the stereotype of expensive and complicated integrations and ERP projects," explains Jukka Rautio, CEO of Frends Technology. "With our transparent pricing model and easy-to-use integration capabilities, we offer a solution that reduces costs and also enhances our clients' ability to innovate."

This partnership will empower S5 Consulting to deploy user-friendly solutions that clients can maintain effortlessly, promoting a more collaborative environment. "We needed a platform where our consultants could work easily with integrations and work closely with customers, allowing them to contribute directly," concludes Sveinung. "Frends iPaaS supports this perfectly, enabling us to empower our customers by providing them control and visibility into their integration projects."

The partnership extends beyond SAP projects, as S5 Consulting utilizes Frends iPaaS to support various initiatives, including mobile application development, complex E-Commerce projects, and legacy modernizations, thereby expanding technological capabilities and customer solutions. For more information, please contact:

Sveinung Gehrken

S5 Consulting

CEO and Founder

+47 47318037


About S5 Consulting

S5 Consulting specializes in SAP solutions for the Nordic region, offering extensive services that help businesses enhance their ERP systems for greater performance and adaptability. Committed to their clients' digital transformation journeys, S5 provides strategic insights and solutions that foster business growth and operational efficiency. S5 has offices in Norway, Poland, and Sweden and offers professional assistance for big and small businesses in various industries, like COOP Norge and Optimera.

About Frends iPaaS

Frends iPaaS (Integration Platform as a Service) is a leading enabler of digitalization and business process automation at the forefront of the world's leading iPaaS platforms. Frends iPaaS allows for the development, management, and security of all integrations and process automations on a powerful low-code platform with over 4,000 end-users globally. Frends platform was established in Finland in 1988 and has snowballed in the Nordic region's domestic markets and internationally, covering +16 countries. The Frends group comprises companies in Finland, Sweden, Poland, Germany, and Malaysia.