Thursday, August 30, 2007

IQMS Releases Limited Edition of EnterpriseIQ

IQMS, a leader in the design and development of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, today released a limited edition of EnterpriseIQ, the company's widely-used, single-source ERP software. Packaged to meet the needs of single-site manufacturers and small supply chain environments, EnterpriseIQ LE version provides a real-time foundation for collaborative e-business at a lower cost point than the full version. IQMS achieves the lower price benefit by packaging just the functionality most often used by manufacturers with single-plant operations.

"There's a growing demand for innovative ERP software solutions targeted to small manufacturing enterprises," says Randy Flamm, president and founder of IQMS. "To be competitive and grow, small manufacturers need the same visibility and control over core business data that large-scale manufacturers enjoy, but more often than not small companies cannot afford large ERP investments. With EnterpriseIQ version LE, we are giving small manufacturers a cost-effective means to drive efficient, lean operations throughout their supply chain. Now small manufacturers can operate on a level playing field with their larger competitors."

EnterpriseIQ LE version gives small manufacturers the same set of core capabilities found in the full version. Functionality such manufacturing and inventory management, quality control, sales, distribution, and financial and accounting management are all included in a single database and at an affordable price. Certain functionality used to support larger operations is not included, such as EPlant which is used for multi-plant operations.

Customers who will benefit most from EnterpriseIQ LE are those who operate only one plant and currently have no ERP system in place. By choosing EnterpriseIQ LE these customers will gain a comprehensive, modular, single-source ERP solution that can be tailored to fit their business needs and designed to scale up with optional modules that work seamlessly within the core system. IQMS is also offering a migration path with this LE version for companies that eventually grow into multiple locations.

About IQMS

Since 1989, IQMS has been a pioneer in the design and development of ERP software for repetitive, process and discrete manufacturing industries. Today, IQMS provides leading real-time manufacturing, accounting, machine monitoring, quality control, supply chain, CRM and eBusiness solutions to the automotive, medical, packaging, consumer goods and other manufacturing markets. The only complete, single-source enterprise software solution, EnterpriseIQ offers real-time front office, accounting, manufacturing and supply chain management in a single database. With offices across North America, Europe and Asia, IQMS serves manufacturers around the world. Visit IQMS online at .

Source : Thomas Publishing Company

Exact Software Announces Release of JobBOSS 10

Exact Software(TM), a leading provider of solutions that connect the people, processes and knowledge essential to an organization, today announced version 10 of Exact JobBOSS®, its industry leading shop floor manufacturing software. JobBOSS 10 provides support for the Microsoft Vista operating system and also includes several usability enhancements and new features designed to improve the ease with which job shops, custom manufacturers and high-tech shops working in the global economy can manage and improve performance.

As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Exact JobBOSS is committed to remaining compliant with the latest Microsoft products. With JobBOSS 10, Exact JobBOSS customers will have full compliance with the 32-bit Business Edition versions of Microsoft Windows Vista Business, Vista Enterprise and Vista Ultimate. JobBOSS 10 is one of the first job shop software solutions to be compliant with Windows Vista. As a result, users can take advantage of Vista's major enhancements, which include a new user interface, an improved search engine and more powerful graphics technology. In addition, JobBOSS v10 will continue to run on Windows 2000 and Windows XP workstations.

In addition to Microsoft Vista compliance, JobBOSS 10 offers a number of usability enhancements and new functionality, including vendor price breaks to ensure more accurate material pricing, as well as greater flexibility for transferring raw materials from a job back to stock. JobBOSS 10 also features improved raw stock look-ups in both Order Processing and Purchasing, making it quicker and easier for users to find materials to place on jobs or purchase orders (POs). As a result, job shops and custom manufacturers now have even more powerful capabilities for materials control and full inventory management for raw stock, hardware, supplies and finished goods.

"JobBOSS 10 provides our customers with significant new functionality and enhancements for improved usability, flexibility and performance," said Steve Massey, general manager for Exact JobBOSS. "By upgrading to version 10, JobBOSS users will have even greater visibility and control over all aspects of their shops, helping them to increase productivity and profitability, and achieve their business goals."

Exact JobBOSS is the leader in shop management software for job shops, small to medium-sized make-to-order, engineer-to-order, contract and mixed-mode manufacturers, and has maintained that leadership standing since it was originally developed in Minneapolis, MN in 1984. Customers worldwide benefit from the control that JobBOSS gives them to easily manage all of the processes and changes their shops experience on a daily basis. For more information, please visit

About Exact Software(TM)

Established in 1984, Exact Software is one of the world's leading providers of business software solutions. Its integrated solutions comprise traditional Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) as well as related software solutions such as Human Resource Management (HRM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Project Management and Electronic Workflow.

Exact is headquartered in Delft, the Netherlands and has offices in Europe, the Middle East, North and South America, Asia, Australia and Africa. With around 2,600 employees, subsidiaries in more than 40 countries, solutions available in 40 languages, Exact currently serves customers in more than 125 countries across five continents.

Source :

Epicor Announces Leading South East Asian Retailer Selects Epicor|CRS Retail Suite, ERP Applications

Epicor Software Corporation (NASDAQ:EPIC), a leading provider of enterprise business software solutions for the midmarket and divisions of Global 1000 companies, today announced one of the biggest apparel retailers in South East Asia has selected EpicorCRS’ retail store management solutions to provide enhanced operational visibility and efficiency.

In addition to EpicorCRS’ Microsoft .NET-based Point-of-Sale (POS), the retailer plans to implement CRS Inventory Management, and the CRS Promotional Events and Retail Mail applications within its 90 store locations. Additionally, plans call for the deployment of the CRS Merchandising application, which includes the CRS Allocations™, CRS Transfers Plus™, and CRS Retail DataWarehouse™ modules, along with Epicor’s Warehouse Management application. They have also purchased the third party EDI application from TIE Global, which Epicor resells, as well as Epicor’s advanced planning solution. All new functionality will be integrated with Epicor iScala financial management applications, which the retailer has already deployed.

“We are pleased to have completed negotiations on this retail contract, which is the second of the two deals we had expected to close in our 2007 second quarter ended June 30, 2007, as mentioned in our earnings announcement last month,” said George Klaus, chairman and CEO of Epicor. “This deal is very significant for Epicor; it is the first retail CRS system to be selected by a retail organization headquartered outside the U.S., and is representative of the benefits and synergies of our acquisition of CRS Retail Systems in late 2005. As a result of this acquisition, we are now able to bring the value of the EpicorCRS retail suite to customers outside the U.S. due to our international presence and global support. Additionally, this customer’s selection of solutions from across our integrated product lines demonstrates Epicor’s ability to support customers’ needs from point-of-sale to back office.”

About Epicor Software Corporation

Epicor, named one of FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies in 2006, is a global leader dedicated to providing integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM) and professional services automation (PSA) software solutions to the midmarket and divisions of Global 1000 companies. Founded in 1984, Epicor serves over 20,000 customers in more than 140 countries, providing solutions in over 30 languages.

Employing innovative service-oriented architecture (SOA) and Web services technology, Epicor delivers end-to-end, industry-specific solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail, hospitality and services that enable companies to drive increased efficiency, improve performance and build competitive advantage. Epicor solutions provide the scalability and flexibility to meet today's business challenges, while empowering enterprises for even greater success tomorrow. Epicor offers a comprehensive range of services with its solutions, providing a single point of accountability to promote rapid return on investment and low total cost of ownership. Epicor’s worldwide headquarters are located in Irvine, California with offices and affiliates around the world. For more information, visit .

Source :

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

LAWSON Software has beaten SAP and Microsoft for a deal to install its technology across the global operations of surfwear company Rip Curl.

The M3 suite is being introduced in Australia but the process is expected to take 12 months, after which it will be made available in Europe and then the US and distribution centres in Asia.

This second phase is expected to take 18 months.

The deal was signed two months ago, and although its cost was not disclosed, it is understood Lawson's product was 30 per cent cheaper than SAP or Microsoft systems.

IBM, a global partner of Lawson, will provide the platform for the software to run on.

The new technology will replace Rip Curl's legacy systems, which have grown independently across its global operations for 20 years.

Chief financial officer Michael Daly said the present systems were unable to communicate with each other and that was restricting growth.

"The decision makers in our business have had limited ability to share information and carry out central sourcing, which can affect our margins," Mr Daly said.

Lawson Australia-New Zealand managing director Stephen Moore said the deal boosted its position in the fashion market.

"Rip Curl conducted an extensive global search and we were in direct competition with SAP and Microsoft, but we're delighted to say they're now part of our surf apparel vertical," he said.

Source :,24897,22317795-15306,00.html

DiaVision users to gain from STG diamond software

The new Sarin To Go (STG) diamond presentation software gives users of Sarin’s DiaVision Professional Edition an edge above their competitors by enabling them to burn photo images.

The new Sarin To Go (STG) diamond presentation software gives users of Sarin’s DiaVision Professional Edition an edge above their competitors by enabling them to burn photo images, Hearts & Arrows images, scanned certificates, and grading reports of a diamond (or diamonds) onto a CD for their customers to view before purchasing – be it a wholesaler, retailer, or a customer wanting to show it to his wife at home, without the diamonds having to leave the office or store.

• Available to all users of DiaVision Professional Edition.
• Multiple diamonds can be burnt onto a single CD for the customer.
• When inserted into the CD drive, the CD opens an attractive web-like window with diamond’s image, details, grading certificate, and a special educational section from The Sarin Diamond Academy.
• Using the Configuration Wizard, you can include your company’s name and contact details on each CD.
• No installation is needed by your customer. Everything she needs is on the CD you give her.

Monday, August 27, 2007

ERP Software Solutions

What is ERP?

ERP stands for Enterprise Resource Planning. ERP software integrates all of your major business processes, which helps ensure consistent data across all your functional departments. ERP applications typically consist of modules such as Marketing and Sales, Field Service, Production, Inventory Control, Procurement, Distribution, Human Resources, Finance, and Accounting.

Their Compiere ERP business process model fully integrates ERP and CRM capabilities to help you effectively manage a wide range of functions across your enterprise. Compiere offers an effective blend of enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, partner relationship management, supply chain management, and online analysis processing. This gives you the ability to make qualified business decisions based on a seamless, 360-degree view of your business, customers and vendors.

Does my enterprise need an ERP software solution?

For years only large corporations have been able to enjoy the benefits of ERP applications. Now, Compiere ERP and CRM puts the power of timely and consistent communications within reach of small to medium-sized businesses by offering superior ERP software that is affordable, adaptable, and scalable.

Is your company burdened by multiple data sources that you can't integrate? Are you losing time and money by duplicating order entries and business processes throughout your enterprise? Are timely customer delivery and inventory stocking procedures getting to be more than your current system can handle? Do you have multiple warehouses that share resources or do you frequently do business in a multi-currency, multi-tax environment? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then your enterprise may want to consider investing in Compiere ERP.

Can ERP software improve my company's business performance?

ERP solutions give you the ability to save time and money across your entire enterprise. With ERP software you need only input customer, vendor, and order data once and then share it across your functional departments. You can automate inventory and warehouse procedures as well as billing and accounting procedures. You can use ERP applications to create reports and analyze enterprise trends quickly and easily, allowing you to respond quickly to shifts in the market. Compiere also helps make e-commerce easy. The information in our Web Store is shared with the standard application, so no synchronization or extra integration work is required.

Will an ERP application fit the way I do business?

With traditional ERP solutions, this question was vital. ERP applications normally come with a built-in system of "Best Practices" whose restrictive rules limit your business processes. That is not the case with Compiere. Our ERP system was built to adapt to your business structure because we know that every company has unique needs. Compiere is not only easy to customize, we also make it easy to change your ERP implementation decisions at a later time. We know that every company grows and changes and we created software that can adapt with you.

Can ERP software help with my integration problems?

One of the reasons businesses look into an ERP installation is that their enterprise is experiencing difficulty in integrating the information they have stored in widely diverse applications that can't "talk" to one another. Organizations within a company may even use different programs to perform the same functions. When you install an ERP application you solve many of your information integration problems. Compiere ERP is an integrated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relations Management (CRM) software solution that combines the power of point of sales (POS), distribution and inventory, e-commerce, accounting, and workflow systems within one robust application. With an ERP system you have better data quality, since information need only be entered once to be available to the entire company. You are also able to easily run reports using enterprise-wide data, allowing you to quickly see trends developing within specific organizations or across your entire company. If you require industry specific software that requires integration with your ERP system you may wish to speak with one of our nearly 100 Compiere Partners worldwide for assistance.

Is a "single instance" of ERP better?

Although every business is unique, running only one instance of an ERP provides several advantages. When running a single instance of ERP, you save time and have better quality information across the company because you need only input that information once rather then multiple times. Running a single ERP instance also means all your financial data resides in one place which creates a simpler audit trail, eliminates consolidation errors, and saves time and money when closing your books. A single instance also allows you to run comprehensive company-wide reports that allow executives to share resources more easily across the company and see where cross-promotional opportunities may be in order. Single ERP instances are generally less expensive to support, and migration to the newest Compiere ERP release is quicker and easier, allowing you to take advantage of the latest features we have to offer in a timely manner.

Can I use ERP to manage a global enterprise?

Compiere ERP is an excellent solution for managing a global enterprise. Traditional ERP applications weren't developed for the complexities of the global market. Gaps in functionality arise when these features are simply layered on top of existing code. However, Compiere ERP was designed with global markets in mind, featuring multi-currency, multi-tax, multi-costing, multi-accounting and multi-organizational functionalities. Our accounting solutions cater to the needs of your enterprise, no matter what currency or schema you use. Compiere even provides the flexibility to account in one or more Accounting Schema in parallel.

Compiere's Rich and Reach interfaces allow users all over the world to connect with your ERP system, so geography is no barrier to your business. Plus Compiere ERP also features language packs and the ability to customize both the Web Store and the application itself to suit your language requirements.

About Compiere:

Compiere, Inc. delivers the most widely used open source enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) solution with more than 1.2 million software downloads.

The Compiere Difference: Easier and Affordable ERP

Compiere is changing the economics of business solutions by making Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) easier. Easier to acquire. Easier to implement. Easier to extend. Easier to change.

Typical business solution software vendors aren't focused on making their solutions easier, more adaptable or more affordable. Instead, they spend over 50 percent of their revenues convincing you to buy their products (sales and marketing) and less than 10% of revenues on innovation. This unbalanced business approach has lead to a consolidated software industry providing customers with fewer choices and even less innovation.

Compiere is taking a fresh and balanced approach to business solution software. We develop Compiere in the open and distribute it through open source licensing.

Source : Compiere, Inc. -

Saturday, August 25, 2007

InSiteShip Demonstrates Shipping Made Easy at Infor User Conference

InSite Software Solutions, Inc. a strategic publisher of shipping software solutions, and an Infor Complmentary Partner, today announced it will be a Bronze Sponsor while exhibiting and demonstrating its solutions at Inforum 2007, Infor's annual user conference being held September 9-12, at Las Vegas' Sands Expo and Convention Center. The company will showcase the latest version of its solution, InSiteShip, in Inforum's Solutions Expo, at Booths 501 and 503.

We are thrilled with the opportunity to meet with more than 6000 of Infor's customers in a single setting," said Kevin Cooper, Manager of Business Development for InSite Software. "Inforum allows us to thank the many InSiteShip customers, Infor Affiliates and Infor employees for their continued support in helping us significantly grow our installed base of shipping software solutions for the Infor ERP SyteLine and Infor ERP Visual software solutions."

InSiteShip is a shipping software solution designed to optimize and enhance the shipping processes of the ERP SyteLine and Infor ERP Visual software solutionsfor mid-sized manufacturers and is a part of the Infor Complementary Partner Program. Inforum attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about InSiteShip software shipping solutions at the session titled "Shipping Made Easy for SyteLine and Visual" on Monday September 10th at 1:00 PM.

"InSite Software Solutions is a valued Infor partner that helps us offer industry-leading shipping solutions that ensure our customers' continued success and growth," said Scott Williams, senior director of global alliance and partner management, Infor. "Inforum 2007 provides a world-class platform for our partners and customers to share ideas and learn more about the global Infor community."

Inforum 2007 is expected to attract customers, partners from around the world who come to learn about new business opportunities, collaborate on Infor's business-specific solutions, and get the latest news on the product roadmaps for their solutions. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in hundreds of educational sessions on topics such as best practices, tips and techniques, product seminars, business strategy, and industry trends.

Source :

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Gloria Jeans opts for JDA Software to expand retail business

JDA Software Group Inc announced that Gloria Jeans Corporation, one of the largest European manufacturers and retailers of denim and family apparel, has licensed JDA Portfolio Merchandise Management and the JDA Enterprise Planning suite to enable the growth of its retail business and provide visibility into the supply chain, allowing for more strategic decision-making capabilities.

Gloria Jeans provides denim and apparel products to more than 6,600 wholesale outlets, in addition to its 70 company-owned and 220 partner-owned stores. The company conducts retail and manufacturing operations in three countries, including Russia, Ukraine and Byelorussia, and operates production facilities in Russia, China, Kazakhstan and Turkey.

Gloria Jeans selected JDA Software’s highly functional, best-of-breed solutions to support its strategic focus on transitioning from a wholesaler to a combined retailer-wholesaler model.

“We recognized that JDA is the leader in the fashion/apparel retail software industry and would be able to provide the expertise and the right solution for our strategic business objectives,” said Vladimir Melnikov, chief executive officer of CJSC, Gloria Jeans Corporation.

“In order for us to implement best fashion retail practices, specifically in the area of inventory management and planning, we required a robust system that accurately manages the flow of information throughout our enterprise, ultimately resulting in profitable growth.”

Arnaud Decarsin, JDA regional vice president, said, “Recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the top brands in Russia, Gloria Jeans is an undisputed market leader for denim and family apparel. JDA is very proud to be a part of Gloria Jeans’ retail expansion and we are confident that our proven solutions will enable them to achieve their business objectives now and will support their future strategic goals.”

JDA’s Portfolio Merchandise Management solution ensures timely, accurate transaction information across the enterprise as the foundation for inventory optimization.

The JDA Enterprise Planning suite is a collaborative and configurable, workflow-driven planning solution that synchronizes all planning metrics and reconciles them throughout the enterprise. The entire suite consists of JDA Enterprise Planning, JDA Assortment Planning, JDA Allocation and JDA Enterprise Knowledge Base.

Source :

OptiTex launches new version of 3D Runway software

Israel based OptiTex, a leading international developer of software for the fashion and textile industry, has just announced the release of its new 3D suite of tools incorporated into the latest version of its flagship software product geared for the textile, home furnishing, upholstery and other sewn products industries.

With these latest innovative developments, OptiTex is looking to further enhance the current workflow so commonly practiced in the textile industry by enhancing the collaboration between design and production and by providing the means to a fresh and innovative shopping experience for both the enterprise customer as well as the private customer.

The accuracy of OptiTex 3D Runway software enhances the quality of the products produced and reduces product development time from design through production, thus providing a fast and accurate solution for sales and marketing on the Internet.

OptiTex 3D Runway is a fabric simulation software system that allows for instant visualization of pattern modification using 3D on-screen models with adjustable body measurements. The system enables several simulated posture positions and continuity of movement with the garments while enabling the customer to evaluate and comment on the final product immediately, before any production material is used.

Moreover, OptiTex 3D Runway provides the perfect tool to fully present animated current or future collections in a rich 3D environment with diverse backgrounds and the possibility of preparing a full Fashion Show with more than one avatar on screen.

This new Version of OptiTex 3D Runway includes a Fabric-Converter/Editor, which provides a comprehensive solution for OptiTex customers to create their own library of fabrics that were tested for use with the system.

A new partnership with DAZ 3D, market leaders in developing software and creating digital 3D content, has resulted in the development of a 3D dynamic solution for DAZStudio, art software for budding 3D artists as well as professional 3D designers, photographers, filmmakers, animators and illustrators.

Source :

Epicor|CRS Retail Suite for footwear & apparel industry

Epicor Software Corporation, a leading provider of enterprise business software solutions for the midmarket and divisions of Global 1000 companies announced one of the world’s largest athletic footwear and apparel companies with over $1 billion in annual revenue has selected EpicorCRS’ retail store management solutions to provide enhanced operational visibility and efficiency.

In addition to EpicorCRS’ Microsoft .NET-based Point-of-Sale (POS) and Merchandising applications, which includes CRS Allocations, CRS Transfers Plus and CRS Retail DataWarehouse modules, the specialty retailer plans to implement the CRS MobileStore and CRS RetailStore Central solutions, leveraging EpicorCRS’ professional services group for deployment support.

“We are very pleased to have completed negotiations on this retail contract, which we originally expected to close in our 2007 second quarter ended June 30, 2007, as we mentioned in our earnings announcement last month,” said George Klaus, chairman and CEO of Epicor.

“EpicorCRS is the ideal choice for retailers who demand proven, integrated, full-featured, scalable and global solutions, and we continue to expect a solid second half of the year in the retail segment of our business.”

Source :

Lectra's hi-tech solutions for fashion sector at SAMAB!

Lectra, the world leader in integrated technological solutions dedicated to industries that use soft goods, will showcase its whole range of solutions and services especially designed to allow fashion players to shorten their time to market and gain in competitivity, at its 840m²-stand during SAMAB to be held from September 11–13th in Milan, Italy.

In particular, Lectra will present its PLM offering, Lectra Fashion PLM, its new Kaledo design offer, created especially for designers, its 3D virtual prototyping solution, Modaris 3D Fit, and its new range of cutters, VectorFashion.

Four times a day, at the Lectra stand, visitors will be able to attend a 15-minute show illustrating a collection, from its conception to sale. Shows will take place at 10 am, 12 noon, 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm.

Shows will also be offered at regular intervals on the following 4 themes: collection lifecycle management, collection design, product development, and expert software.

Lectra Fashion PLM is the leading PLM solution devoted to fashion, offering a virtual collaborative environment that supports iterative processes for design, development (specifications, sourcing and pattern-making) and collection marketing up to the point of sale.

The integration of business applications as well as collection and process management software enables action to be taken in key areas leading to improved performance for fashion companies: capacity for innovation, brand identity, frequency and time to market, quality assurance, control of development costs for products and materials, management and synchronization of multiple processes, and decision-making about collection content.

In this way, Lectra Fashion PLM meets the two-fold demand for innovative products and profitability. With an ever-increasing number of collections, Kaledo ensures significantly faster product development cycles.

The new Kaledo range, which covers all the requirements for designing collections, prints, knits and yarn-dyed woven fabrics, offers style and textile designers an intuitive working environment, loyal to their trade.

This innovative solution improves communication between the design teams and their network whether in-house or out, guaranteeing the quick development of products in harmony with the original concept.

With Kaledo Collection, this offer’s cornerstone, designers have a unique tool enabling them to design and modify their collections fast; all the models, styles, components and materials are actually saved and each modification made to a style, color or fabric is automatically made in all the documents.

By combining fabric data (thanks to a library of 120 fabrics, each with its mechanical characteristics), 2D patterns, and 3D virtual mannequins (standard and configurable), Modaris 3D Fit enables realistic simulation and visualization of the garment models in 3D, with a variety of different fabrics, motifs and color ranges. It ensures control of garment fit, style and collection validation.

This innovative solution reduces the number of physical prototypes required. It facilitates teamwork between designers, pattern-makers, product developers and marketing teams as well as exchanges between prime contractors and sub-contractors.

Manufacturers face productivity and flexibility challenges. In addition to increasingly diversified orders with shorter and shorter delivery times, there is a need to control costs and offer perfect quality.

By offering a technological response adapted to clothing manufacturers’ needs for expansion, Lectra has demonstrated its added value and ensured a fast return on investment.

To enhance production capacity, the new generation of VectorFashion has a powerful motor that allows for cutting of more garments and faster, thus increasing productivity by up to 15%.

It guarantees an ultra-precise cut, even with edges at a tangent, to optimize marker making and save up to 5% of fabric per year. Manufacturers can fill up to 50% more orders, thanks to a reliable solution with integrated preventive maintenance.

Source :

IBM to refresh M&S in-store systems

IBM announced that it has won a systems integration contract with Marks & Spencer, the leading UK retailer, to refresh its in-store technology and systems over the next three years.

Under the contract IBM will project manage the deployment of key areas of Marks & Spencer's in-store systems across its UK and Ireland store estate. This will include the implementation of the Beanstore point-of-sale application from IBM Business Partner PCMS.

"This investment in our store systems is an important part of our store modernisation programme, which is designed to improve the overall shopping experience for our customers, including better and faster service at the till point," said Darrell Stein, IT Director of Marks & Spencer. "IBM has the expertise to implement solutions which meet the needs of M&S and its customers."

"Our work with Marks & Spencer is the latest example of IBM's strength in delivering customer-focused solutions in the retail industry," added John Riccio, Retail Industry Leader for IBM in the UK, Ireland & South Africa.

Source :