Tuesday, June 24, 2008

NetSuite takes advantage of SAP ERP on-demand delay

ERP provider NetSuite has introduced NetSuite for Manufacturers to take advantage of SAP's delay in fully launching its on-demand Business ByDesign ERP platform.

NetSuite's alternative on-demand offering is aimed at "light" manufacturers like apparel and electronics companies, with NetSuite specifically citing the SAP Business ByDesign delay for its introduction.

Warren Wilson, an analyst at Ovum, said, "NetSuite has targeted SAP directly in an effort to capitalise on the recent, much-publicised announcement that SAP was slowing its roll-out of Business ByDesign, that was launched in September 2007, but today is used by only about 150 customers."

SAP delayed the wider availability of its on-demand offering when it found it was becoming too expensive to deliver it to customers. On-demand software sees firms effectively rent the software on a monthly basis whilst it is remotely delivered and managed by the provider

Wilson said the NetSuite for Manufacturers software could also be seen as a direct competitor to the Microsoft ERP platform that targets SMEs in the manufacturing sector.
Source : computerweekly.com

Friday, June 20, 2008

SYSPRO ERP is Product of the Year Finalist

SYSPRO a provider of visionary ERP for the manufacturing pragmatist, said today that SYSPRO software has been named one of five finalists for Channel Insider’s 2008 Product of the Year in the category of ERP. This is another major new honor for SYSPRO. The finalists were selected by a Channel Insider team of experts based on vendor nominations of products in twenty-six categories, including ERP. Nominated products must have been released or significantly upgraded last year. Value Added Resellers will vote for the winners in each category and the winners announced the third week of April.

Last year, SYSPRO added extensive functionality to its ERP software across all areas – Financial, Distribution and Manufacturing – as well as new customization capabilities and new modules. The numerous technological enhancements include a new user interface that is flexible and adaptable and which empowers users to tailor the product to suit their needs. SYSPRO also unveiled:

- SYSPRO Reporting Services, a next generation reporting tool that incorporates an embedded version of Crystal Reports XI;
- The second module in a series of three Inventory Optimization solutions designed to improve business forecasting and leverage Lean Manufacturing principles;
- SYSPRO Projects and Contracts that provides greater operational control and profit optimization capabilities to mid-market manufacturers;
- Electronic Signatures to authenticate operators as transactions are being processed.
- Microsoft Office Integration

The impressive list of SYSPRO feature enhancements extends throughout the product from improved financial visibility and expanded multi-site management to accurate control and costing of co- and by-products. Additional functionality in the traceability of items further strengthens the SYSPRO offering for specific vertical niche markets such as pharmaceutical, medical device and electronic manufacturers.

According to Todd Perlman, Principal with Business Technology Partners, a SYSPRO reseller based in Chicago, “It does not surprise me that SYSPRO has been chosen as a finalist in the ‘Product of the Year’ category. In the nearly 12 years that I have been supporting the product, I have watched it evolve into one of the most complete ERP applications in nearly every facet. The company’s dedication to its customer base is very refreshing in this industry…a dedication that is seen at all levels from first level support to development to the top executives.

“SYSPRO has kept on the leading edge of technology while maintaining the core product functionality. With the .NET version introduction a few years ago and the continued development of Microsoft-centric applications, we are able to deliver a total solution to our clients. We are confident that we are delivering a best of breed application.”

SYSPRO’s more thoughtful approach to adopting new technology, such as web services and SOA platforms, also reflects the desires of its buyers who are driven by business needs and not by the latest headlines. This exemplifies SYSPRO’s ongoing strategy of helping to simplify the success of its customers. SYSPRO calls its buyer landscape “PragmaVision,” ™ consisting of pragmatic, visionary ERP executives that are driven by a desirefor smart, but aggressive market growth.

Source : SYSPRO

Thursday, June 19, 2008

CJ Apparel Group, LLC To Implement Jesta I.S.' ERP

Jesta I.S. a leading supplier of business solutions for the soft goods and specialty markets, announced recently that CJ Apparel Group will implement Jesta I.S.' Vision Sourcing, Vision Demand Management and Vision Financials solutions to manage its core operations.

CJ Apparel will deploy Jesta's solution to manage its sourcing operations. Vision Sourcing and Demand Management provides organizations with the means to maximize production efficiency, establish the infrastructure to support a demand-driven supply chain and improve profitability by properly managing the entire order process cycle.

Vision Sourcing and Demand Management gives brand managers greater insight into material requirements, inventory levels and provides them with complete information to make smarter business decisions using its integrated business intelligence and reporting engine.

The deployment of the Vision products at CJ Apparel is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

"We chose to work with Jesta I.S. due to their well established expertise in the apparel vertical. As we need to get our operations off the ground quickly, we wanted an experienced team who understands the complexity of our supply chain. I am confident that both Jesta's technology and its professional services team are the best choice for CJ Apparel," stated Kenneth Ragland, COO for CJ Apparel Group.

Leslie Belcher, President of Jesta I.S. commented, "CJ Apparel's selection of Jesta I.S. for its core operations demonstrates our ability to work with organizations of any size and at any point in their evolution. Vision users truly benefit from the breadth of our user community which continues to grow with many leading brand names. We are eager to be part of the CJ Apparel Group's success story."

"A major factor in CJ Apparel's selection of Vision Sourcing & Demand Management was its business intelligence offering. Through the use of dashboards CJ Apparel will have the ability to easily view top level information and drill down for greater detail. CJ Apparel has a large client and partner base involving a wide array of EDI transmissions, Jesta makes it easy for CJ Apparel to be in compliance with these standards. In addition allocation of merchandise and the line planning interface will prove to increase our visibility and efficiency," added James Mazzanti, CIO for CJ Apparel Group.

Source : VertMarkets, Inc

Leading E-commerce and ERP Solution Provider Chosen for Comprehensive Analysis of Microsoft’s Newest ERP Platform

Ignify, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and e-commerce solutions for the mid-market and large enterprise business segment, today announced the completion of the first independent analysis of Microsoft’s Dynamics AX 2009 ERP platform. Designed as an unbiased assessment covering new features, applications, look and feel of Dynamics AX, this study assists the enterprise in evaluating the new ERP release for possible implementation or as an upgrade. In addition, Ignify will be conducting several seminars and workshops for its customers, based on the findings.

The analysis, conducted by a five person dedicated Dynamics AX team at Ignify over a 60 day timeframe, consisted of a thorough breakdown of functionality and features offered by Dynamics AX 2009. Ignify goes a step further by rating each feature on scale of one to ten (ten as the best) on the importance and completeness of the feature with supporting notes on user benefits and what can be improved.

“As a Gold Certified Partner we work extremely close with Microsoft to remain on the cutting edge of innovation especially in the ERP and business solution space,” stated Sandeep Walia, CEO of Ignify. “Our unbiased account of Dynamics AX 2009 is a testament to our commitment of providing customers with the best possible solutions available on the market today.”

Formerly known as Microsoft Axapta, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 is a comprehensive business management and ERP solution for mid-sized and larger organizations that seamlessly integrates with familiar Microsoft software such as Outlook, Windows, Vista, Office 2007 and SharePoint, to help enhance overall productivity. The latest release offers a new interface and several added features including Breadcrumb bar (BCB) allowing the user to jump around or navigate to other areas in the system; Filter Pane for finding and viewing individual or group of related records, and Role Centers which display specific data, reports, alerts, and common tasks associated with a user's role in the organization among many others.

Ignify’s widely popular Data Archival for Microsoft Dynamics AX solution which lays the foundation for solid ERP data management by allowing enterprises to archive and view the entire database over selected time periods, is one of the first third party platforms to fully support Dynamics AX 2009. In addition, the company’s flagship e-commerce storefront has been deployed in over 200 medium to large businesses ranging from retail, automotive, apparel, distribution and manufacturing businesses among many others.

About Ignify

Ignify, established in 1999, is a privately-held ISO-9001:2000 compliant company focused on the mid-market eCommerce and mid-market accounting segment. Targeting the mid-level market, Ignify offers a comprehensive set of Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Consumer (B2C) eCommerce solutions for increasing online sales while lowering overall operation costs. The company also provides consulting services for ERP and software development initiatives and is a Microsoft Gold Certified partner and Sage Certified Partner. Ignify has offices in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Nashville, Seattle, Toronto and India. For more information, visit www.ignify.com or call 888-446-4395.

Source : Business Wire

Friday, May 2, 2008

Sunrise Technologies Makes VAR 100 List

Sunrise Technologies, Inc. is pleased to announce that they were named to Accounting Technology's VAR 100 list for 2007. The list recognizes the top 100 Value Added Resellers (VAR) of accounting software packages based on their annual sales for 2007.

"We are very pleased to be recognized as one of the top resellers of ERP solutions in North America," states John Pence, President of Sunrise Technologies. "Our continued commitment to Microsoft Dynamics AX, customer service, and technical excellence is proving to be a winning combination in the marketplace."

Sunrise Technologies was founded in 1994 as a consulting services company and is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and member of the elite Microsoft DynamicsT President's Club. Sunrise specializes in the Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP system for the agriculture, consumer goods, textile, apparel, footwear, furniture, and industrial equipment manufacturing industries. Sunrise offers its customers a combined expertise of business knowledge, strong project management capability, a powerful business software solution, and low-cost development services.

Sunrise is headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with regional offices in Dallas, Texas, Los Angeles, California, and Xi'an, China.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Software Link Expands ERP Application Consulting Staff

Software Link Inc., Georgia’s leading provider of ERP software and services, is pleased to announce the addition of Billy Estes and Marc Spector to their Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 ERP consulting team.

Billy Estes joins Software Link as an application consultant and will assist Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 clients with system implementations, training, upgrades and on-going support. Prior to Software Link, Billy worked for a distributor as the accounting manager. Here, he used Sage MAS 200 to manage the day-to-day financial operations, inventory management and financial reporting of the company. Billy also worked as in corporate credit for a pharmaceutical company. He has attended a variety of systems and application courses.

Marc Spector also joins Software Link as a Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 application consultant. He will assist clients with system implementation, data migrations and telephone support. Marc worked for a fast-growing home improvement company as a cost accounting manager where he used Sage MAS 90’s Job Cost application. He also has experience in the insurance and retail industries and a finance degree.

“Having both Billy and Marc on our Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 consulting team will be a benefit to our clients,” said Stanley Kania, president of Software Link. “Since they have both worked with the product in an end-user role, they understand the importance of expert consulting and support to a business.”

About Software Link, Inc.

Software Link is Georgia's leading accounting and business management software advisor, reseller and trainer. Software Link offers solutions for a wide range of industries using products that are scalable to meet the needs of their clients during every stage in the life of their business. We work with our clients to design an application that will improve efficiencies, lower costs and increase firm profitability. Additionally we offer a secure, state-of-the-art data center to host your Web site, email server or ERP application. In 2007, Software Link was named to the first-ever Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in the country. Information about Software.

Source : Software Link

Monday, March 24, 2008

Numetrics Unveils NMX-ERP 3.0, Next Generation ERP Software for Semiconductor IC Development Organizations

Numetrics Unveils NMX-ERP 3.0, Next Generation ERP Software for Semiconductor IC Development Organizations

Numetrics Management Systems, Inc., the semiconductor industry’s leading supplier of schedule predictability, today announced NMX-ERP™ 3.0, its next generation suite of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for integrated circuit (IC) development organizations. The new software significantly extends the company’s top-down project planning and risk measurement capabilities, handling chips designed in nodes down to 45 nm. Numetrics’ approach to project planning and risk measurement is unique in the industry and gives a powerful boost to the customer’s revenue, profits and market share. Projects finish on-time, within budget and with competitive cycle times, which is why six of the top ten semiconductor companies use Numetrics’ ERP software.

Packed with dozens of new features, this next generation release of NMX-ERP incorporates a new rich-client graphical user interface, a new project plan synthesis engine, an XML interface to integrate with other enterprise tools, and Numetrics’ eighth generation IC (Integrated Circuit) design complexity calculation engine.

“The semiconductor industry misses product development 89% of the time, and when they miss, they miss big, with the average chip design taking six to nine months longer than anticipated,” said Ron Collett, Numetrics’ president and CEO. “The cost to cost to semiconductor companies is staggering, and increasing design complexity threatens to make the problem worse. NMX-ERP 3.0 is a culmination of nearly two years of effort by our development organization and a significant leap forward for our customers. Our solution is truly unique because it is the only one that accurately measures IC development schedule risk and exposes overly risky project plans by benchmarking their underlying assumptions against industry norms and past performance.”

NMX-ERP Release 3.0 includes a range of new features including the following:

1) Complexity Calculation Engine: Eighth generation of Numetrics’ patented complexity calculation engine leverages in-depth data mining of past generations of process technology nodes to establish a quantitative relationship between process node maturity and chip design complexity. The engine is calibrated on Numetrics’ full industry database of 1200 IC projects and support design styles including SoC, analog and mixed-signal, RF, ASICs, ASSPs, and advanced processors.

2) Project Plan Synthesis. New project plan synthesis engine generates estimates of duration and staffing required in each major phase of the IC development cycle. Users can perform “what-if” simulation on each phase, modulating either the duration or staffing to see the impact on the other.

3) XML-interface: NMX-ERP 3.0 now offers enterprise-wide integration options for collecting, reporting, and archiving customers’ valuable project data. With the newly released XML schema, customers are able to rapidly exchange data between NMX-ERP 3.0 and their internal systems.

4) New GUI: New Java-based, rich-client, graphical user interface further enhances the usability of Numetrics tools. Dozens of new features were added in this release to allow users to customize reporting and viewing of the data.

Pricing typically ranges from $35,000 to $95,000 per IC project, depending on the project’s complexity and size. NMX-ERP 3.0 is delivered as Software as a Service (SaaS), or for users who prefer a pure turnkey engagement, Numetrics also offers professional services

About Numetrics Management Systems, Inc.

Numetrics provides a unique suite of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software to semiconductor companies that enables unprecedented predictability of development schedules, reliably measures project schedule risk, and benchmarks development performance against the industry’s best-in-class. In use by six of the top ten semiconductor companies, the solution leverages Numetrics’ patented IC design complexity calculation engine, which is calibrated with statistical data from more than 1,200 benchmarked chip projects compiled from nearly 40 semiconductor companies. The Numetrics’ NMX-ERP™ solution enables superior project schedule estimation, risk analysis, resource planning, execution pipeline analysis and benchmarking. The company is headquartered at Cupertino, CA.

Source : Business Wire

Friday, March 21, 2008

Soft-Tex 2008 Presents High Impact Innovative Software Solutions For Your Home Business

The Most Relevant Software Products for the Textile-Apparel Industry Software Exhibitions caters all business ranging from Retail to manufacturers, Fashion to Textile, printing to weaving & home furnishing to surface design.

Soft-Tex’ 08 made a grand launch on March 17, 2008 – Monday. This virtual trade fair illustrates to be the Software Park for Textile-Apparel companies in real significance. Leading software solution providers from across the globe have all come there to exhibit the thick blanket of their products & services. Soft-Tex’ 08 has provided a promising platform for IT companies to promote their industry-specific solutions to a much larger and prospective audience from the Textile-Apparel industries. Visitors from the same segment will have an extended selection to pick the right partners for delivery of right solutions from a horde of exhibiting software companies.

Now that Soft-Tex’ 08 has begun and will stay online for 45 days from launch, it really justifies the pronounced statement, “Weaving textiles and knitting apparel with information technology”. Companies from the entire Textile-Apparel value chain are expected to hit a huge visitor-ship by entering this virtual trade fair environment. Visitors, “visit specific booths of the best software vendors offering the best software products; and find out what YOU need”. The product line encompasses applications like CAD/CAM, Pattern Making, Grading, Draping, ERP, PLM and a lot more

About Us –

Fibre2Fashion.com , http://www.fibre2fashion.com/
Company name: - Sanblue Enterprises Pvt. Ltd

Address :- 201-203, Sapphire tower, Nr. Cargo motors, C.G. Road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
Phone no: - +91-79-66318870, +91-79-40012800
Fax : - +91-79-26402718, +91-79-26461070

Source : www.powerhomebiz.com

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Reach Technology ERP Software for apparel manufacturing

Reach Technology ERP is the completely integrated Enterprise Resource Planning solution for effectively streamlining and integrating customer service, design, sampling, merchandising, production, distribution and financial processes and optimally utilizing resources across the enterprise.

Companies, today, must deliver products faster, better and cheaper to be successful. R-ERP is tailored to ensure your competitiveness in the apparel manufacturing and merchandising marketplace and will enable you to be more efficient, responsive and profitable.

Trends are created overnight... Fashions change quickly and without warning... as a result no industry has to adjust as fast as the apparel industry.

R-ERP allows you to automate a large number of routine events and importantly prompt human intervention when exceptional events demand it.

R-ERP will, thus, enable you to 'manage your company by exception' directing the vast majority of the company's human attention to the ‘out-of-the ordinary’ business situations that present the most risk and greatest opportunity.

What are the benefits of using REACH ERP?

- Lets you have a global view of the business cutting across various functions and enables you to react fast to market changes.

- Optimal utilization of your resources.

- Improved customer relationship management.

- Substantially increase your ROI(Return on Investment) as end-to-end integration of all company data ensures that all parties have the latest, most accurate information, cutting waste and 'queues' and shortening time-to-market cycles for new collections and styles.

- Helps you cut inventory volumes and eliminate production backlogs thereby dramatically lowering costs.

- If your competitors have access to real-time integrated information and you do not, then you're taking a real big risk.
If you have any inquiry please contact direct Reach Technology

Reach Technology Contact Detail :
49, First Main, Third Phase, JP Nagar,
Bangalore- 560 078.
Tel : 91-80- 65996111, 65996112, 65996113
Fax : 91-80- 26585744
Email : sales@reach-tech.com
URL : http://www.reach-tech.com

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

ERP Vendor Shootout for Small and Midsize Manufacturing Companies Evaluating Enterprise Software Solutions

Technology Evaluation Centers Inc. (TEC), the leading resource for enterprise software selection announced today that it will be moderating the second annual "ERP Vendor Shootout" on May 1, 2008, at the Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, NC (US). Value-added resellers will be available at the event to represent each vendor solution.

This event is targeted at small to midsize manufacturers and distributors who are researching the latest technology solutions or who are in the process of evaluating enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.

"The shootout concept is all about delivering better solutions. It's designed to give attendees an impartial, side-by-side look at major enterprise software products in one day, saving them weeks of research," commented Lorne Goloff, vice president of sales at TEC.

Shootouts are presented in a standardized format to enable an apples-to-apples impartial comparison via pre-scripted demos, produced exclusively by TEC to provide
-a rapid, comparative view of product functionality, user interfaces, and usability
-exposure to the best of vendors' thought leadership and functionality, to see what really differentiates each solution

Topical breakout sessions will be hosted by industry consultants and experts. In addition, networking opportunities and a cocktail reception are included in the registration. By attending, companies will find out firsthand what each of these leading vendor solutions can do to help make them more competitive and profitable.

About Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC):

TEC (http://www.technologyevaluation.com) is the leading resource that global IT decision makers trust to rapidly and impartially evaluate, compare, and select enterprise software. Our free online research portal hosts an extensive library of IT-related articles, white papers, webcasts, podcasts, and reports by our analysts. It also offers direct access to knowledge bases loaded with up-to-date criteria and covering over 800 leading vendor solutions. By leveraging our powerful analysis engine to scan all the solutions listed in our knowledge bases, clients can automatically generate side-by-side comparison reports by simply inputting their choice of vendors. For organizations requiring best practice assistance, TEC offers a full range of project management services. For a free ERP comparison: Enterprise Software Evaluation Center.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Microsoft-hosted ERP coming, Ballmer says at Convergence

Microsoft-hosted enterprise resource planning (ERP) is in the company's plans, CEO Steve Ballmer said during this morning's Convergence 2008 keynote address.

Microsoft will release Dynamics CRM Live, its vendor-hosted customer relationship management (CRM) software, by the end of June. It will be the first of several Microsoft-hosted Dynamics enterprise applications products, Ballmer said.

"You should expect to see more from us in ERP and other areas as we move into the future," he said.

Ballmer's statements contradicted those of corporate vice president Michael Park, who denied any Microsoft-hosted ERP plans last week. Park told TechTarget that "the architecture we're making the [hosting] bet on is CRM. With ERP, we've got a good number of partners who are hosting it for us."

Dynamics CRM Live has some Microsoft partners worried about competition with their own hosted CRM services. The prospect of Microsoft-hosted ERP isn't causing the same concern -- at least not yet -- according to Scott Millwood, CEO of Customer Effective, a Microsoft partner.

"There's not as much demand for hosted ERP as there is on the CRM side," he said.

Microsoft execs have said in the past that public numbers of hosted ERP vendors like NetSuite indicate a lot of "churn" as customers come on board, but exit just as quickly.

Microsoft-hosted ERP has been rumoured for more than a year now, so Ballmer's comments did not come as a total surprise to Microsoft partners at Convergence.

"Microsoft probably, deep in their think tank, does have a Software as a Service strategy that goes beyond their current hosting strategy," said Jon Buchan, a vice president at Blue Fox, another partner.

Meanwhile, Microsoft today announced Dynamic AX 2009, the latest version of its ERP software that partners can host or deploy on premise. The new release will allow for integration among multiple customer locations. Microsoft partners said that will be a big selling point to help Microsoft compete against the ERP market leaders.

"It's not there, but it's getting there," said Eric Wagner, a partner with Agility Business Solutions, yet another Microsoft partner. "We'll be able to enhance it, and we'll be able to offer it to multiple customer sets."

Buchan agreed.

"They really made multi-company very strong, and that was probably the one area where we didn't match up well with SAP," he said.

Ballmer this morning also stressed Microsoft's commitment to enterprise applications. He said more people ask him about Microsoft's devotion to that market than any other topic.

"We have a long-term view for every one of these products," he said.

Wagner said Microsoft needs to sell more into the ERP space, and he's confident the company will do so -- eventually.

"They've got the commitment, but they don't have the experience or the people yet," he said. "It doesn't happen overnight."

Monday, March 10, 2008

Sap ERP Software

The SAP ERP application is the software foundation enterprises trust to achieve business excellence and innovation. Leveraging this foundation and its natively integrated industry-specific functionality, you can build the business processes you need today – and tomorrow. Based on industry best prac tices, SAP ERP draws from more than 30 years of experience with more than 40,000 customer implementations. SAP ERP delivers the powerful functionality, global orientation, and fle xible enhancement package options you need to gain a sustainable, compe titive advantage and position your organization for profitable growth.

The SAP® ERP application is a worldclass, fully integrated solution that fulfills the core business needs of midsize and large organizations across all industries and market sectors. Powered by the SAP NetWeaver® technology platform, SAP ERP helps enterprises perform financials, human capital management, procurement and logistics, product development and manufacturing, and sales and service, supported by functionality for analytics, corporate services, and end-user service delivery. Together with SAP NetWeaver and a repository of enterprise services, SAP ERP can serve as a solid business process platform that supports continued growth, innovation, and operational excellence.

SAP ERP supports a broad range of business processes. These include financial management, human capital management, procurement and logistics execution, product development and manufacturing, sales and service, and corporate services. Using the robust functionality that SAP ERP provides for these business processes, you can:

• More tightly link your business operations and improve visibility
• Enhance financial management and reporting
• Effectively manage your workforce – both locally and globally
• Achieve superior flexibility for addressing new business requirements
• Gain easier access to enterprise information and reports
• Lower the cost of deploying industrybased processes
• Simplify development and support of enterprise processes
• More easily integrate add-on applications and processes
• Reduce total cost of ownership

SAP ERP addresses the core business software requirements of the most demanding midsize and large organizations – in all industries and sectors:

• SAP ERP Human Capital Management – Transform the role and value of HCM.
• SAP ERP enhancement packages – Benefit from innovations without disrupting your business operations.
• SAP ERP Financials – Turn finance into a strategic business partner.
• SAP ERP Operations – Gain agility and speed in your operations
• SAP ERP Corporate Services – Streamline business processes and costs.

Sap Contact Detail:

3999 West Chester Pike
Newtown Square, PA 19073
Tel : 1 610 661 1000

Source : SAP

Friday, March 7, 2008

Aria Systems offers complete Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) & Supply Chain Management (SCM) software solutions

Aria Systems offers complete Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) & Supply Chain Management (SCM) software solutions for apparel manufacturers and importers.

Aria’s apparel software applications facilitate supply chain integration, enhance product development and product lifecycle management, and incorporate accounting, warehousing, distribution and sales to offer a completely integrated end-to-end apparel manufacturing solution.

This is the basis for the ground-breaking Aria 4XP™ Product Suite, which is comprised of seamlessly integrated modules that cover the entire supply chain. Each of these product sets streamlines and automates distinct business processes and serves as a functional building block, allowing our customers to pick and choose based on their distinct business requirements.

Aria’s ERP apparel software solutions include:

- Aria EDI™, a full-blown apparel EDI Product Suite with support for all common EDI transactions and over 200 Trading Partners and Factors.

- Aria CRM™, our Customer Relationship Management solution for apparel.

- Aria SCM™, the Supply Chain Management (SCM) complement to our ERP suite.

- Aria PDM™, our Product/Style Data Management solution.

- Aria BI™, our powerful Business Intelligence suite solution.

Contact Aria Systems Inc:

501 Fifth Avenue,
3rd Floor,
New York, NY 10017,
Tel: 212-714-1334
Fax: 646-367-4901
Email: info@ariany.com

Aria Systems Integrates BusinessObjects™ XI into the Ground-breaking Aria 4XP ERP Product Suite

Aria Systems Integrates BusinessObjects™ XI into the Ground-breaking Aria 4XP ERP Product Suite

Aria Systems has begun offering the industry's leading suite of business intelligence (BI) software by Business Objects, BusinessObjects(TM) XI, as an integrated component of the ground-breaking Aria 4XP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Product Suite.

With the addition of BusinessObjects XI, Aria’s 4XP Business Intelligence module provides a complete set of BI capabilities, from enterprise reporting to querying and analysis, and delivers the actionable information required to track key performance indicators, understand business drivers, and make informed business decisions.

The new BI reporting capabilities in Aria 4XP reduce the complexity of business data and deliver business intelligence as meaningful information to decision makers. Moreover, the powerful built-in query and analysis features allow end users to interact with business information and answer ad hoc questions without advanced knowledge of the underlying data sources.

“Our new Business Intelligence offering allows Aria customers to gain extreme insight into the performance of their operations and reap the benefits of improved profitability and reduced costs through more effective and responsive management,” says Omar Ramadan, Aria Systems President. “Customers will also benefit from automated reporting that will facilitate compliance with regulatory requirements, such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.”

As part of its Business Intelligence product suite, Aria Systems also offers Crystal Reports XI, the world standard for enterprise reporting.

Source : Aria Systems

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software Advantages and Disadvantages

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software Advantages :

In the absence of an ERP system, a large manufacturer may find itself with many software applications that do not talk to each other and do not effectively interface. Tasks that need to interface with one another may involve:

- Design engineering (how to best make the product)
- Order tracking from acceptance through fulfillment
- The revenue cycle from invoice through cash receipt
- Managing interdependencies of complex Bill of Materials
- Tracking the 3-way match between Purchase orders (what was ordered), Inventory receipts (what arrived), and Costing (what the vendor invoiced)
- The Accounting for all of these tasks, tracking the Revenue, Cost and Profit on a granular level.

Change how a product is made, in the engineering details, and that is how it will now be made. Effective dates can be used to control when the switch over will occur from an old version to the next one, both the date that some ingredients go into effect, and date that some are discontinued. Part of the change can include labeling to identify version numbers.

Some security features are included within an ERP system to protect against both outsider crime, such as industrial espionage, and insider crime, such as embezzlement. A data tampering scenario might involve a disgruntled employee intentionally modifying prices to below the breakeven point in order to attempt to take down the company, or other sabotage. ERP systems typically provide functionality for implementing internal controls to prevent actions of this kind. ERP vendors are also moving toward better integration with other kinds of information security tools.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software Disadvantages :

Many problems organizations have with ERP systems are due to inadequate investment in ongoing training for involved personnel, including those implementing and testing changes, as well as a lack of corporate policy protecting the integrity of the data in the ERP systems and how it is used. Limitations of ERP include:

- Success depends on the skill and experience of the workforce, including training about how to make the system work correctly.
- Small enterprises are often undercapitalized & are also not updated about the latest offerings in the market
- Personnel turnover; companies can employ new managers lacking education in the company's ERP system, proposing changes in business practices that are out of synchronization with the best utilization of the company's selected ERP.
- Customization of the ERP software is limited. Some customization may involve changing of the ERP software structure which is usually not allowed.
- Re-engineering of business processes to fit the "industry standard" prescribed by the ERP system may lead to a loss of competitive advantage.
- ERP systems can be very expensive to install often ranging from 30,000 US Dollars to 500,000,000 US Dollars for multinational companies.
- ERP vendors can charge sums of money for annual license renewal that is unrelated to the size of the company using the ERP or its profitability.
- Technical support personnel often give replies to callers that are inappropriate for the caller's corporate structure. Computer security concerns arise, for example when telling a non-programmer how to change a database on the fly, at a company that requires an audit trail of changes so as to meet some regulatory standards.
- ERPs are often seen as too rigid and too difficult to adapt to the specific workflow and business process of some companies—this is cited as one of the main causes of their failure.
- Systems can be difficult to use.
- Systems are too restrictive and do not allow much flexibility in implementation and usage.
- The system can suffer from the "weakest link" problem—an inefficiency in one department or at one of the partners may affect other participants.
- Many of the integrated links need high accuracy in other applications to work effectively. A company can achieve minimum standards, then over time "dirty data" will reduce the reliability of some applications.
- Once a system is established, switching costs are very high for any one of the partners (reducing flexibility and strategic control at the corporate level).
- The blurring of company boundaries can cause problems in accountability, lines of responsibility, and employee morale.
- Resistance in sharing sensitive internal information between departments can reduce the effectiveness of the software.
- Some large organizations may have multiple departments with separate, independent resources, missions, chains-of-command, etc, and consolidation into a single enterprise may yield limited benefits.
- There are frequent compatibility problems with the various legacy systems of the partners.
- The system may be over-engineered relative to the actual needs of the customer.

Source : Wikipedia

ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) Software Solution

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems attempt to integrate all data and processes of an organization into a unified system. A typical ERP system will use multiple components of computer software and hardware to achieve the integration. A key ingredient of most ERP systems is the use of a unified database to store data for the various system modules.

The initials ERP originated as an extension of MRP (material requirements planning then manufacturing resource planning). ERP systems now attempt to cover all basic functions of an enterprise, regardless of the organization's business or charter. Non-manufacturing businesses, non-profit organizations and governments now all utilize ERP systems.

MRP vs. ERP — Manufacturing management systems have evolved in stages over the past 30 years from a simple means of calculating materials requirements to the automation of an entire enterprise. Around 1980, over-frequent changes in sales forecasts, entailing continual readjustments in production, as well as the unsuitability of the parameters fixed by the system, led MRP (Material Requirement Planning) to evolve into a new concept : Manufacturing Resource Planning (or MRP2) and finally the generic concept Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).

To be considered an ERP system, a software package must provide the function of at least two systems. For example, a software package that provides both payroll and accounting functions could technically be considered an ERP software package.

However, the term is typically reserved for larger, more broadly based applications. The introduction of an ERP system to replace two or more independent applications eliminates the need for external interfaces previously required between systems, and provides additional benefits that range from standardization and lower maintenance (one system instead of two or more) to easier and/or greater reporting capabilities (as all data is typically kept in one database).

Examples of modules in an ERP which formerly would have been stand-alone applications include: Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Financials, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Human Resources, Warehouse Management and Decision Support System.

Some organizations — typically those with sufficient in-house IT skills to integrate multiple software products — choose to implement only portions of an ERP system and develop an external interface to other ERP or stand-alone systems for their other application needs. For example, one may choose to use human resource management system from one vendor, and the financial systems from another, and perform the integration between the systems themselves.

This is very common in the retail sector[citation needed], where even a mid-sized retailer will have a discrete Point-of-Sale (POS) product and financials application, then a series of specialized applications to handle business requirements such as warehouse management, staff rostering, merchandising and logistics.

Ideally, ERP delivers a single database that contains all data for the software modules, which would include:

Engineering, Bills of Material, Scheduling, Capacity, Workflow Management, Quality Control, Cost Management, Manufacturing Process, Manufacturing Projects, Manufacturing Flow

Supply Chain Management
Inventory, Order Entry, Purchasing, Product Configurator, Supply Chain Planning, Supplier Scheduling, Inspection of goods, Claim Processing, Commission Calculation

General Ledger, Cash Management, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Fixed Assets

Costing, Billing, Time and Expense, Activity Management

Human Resources
Human Resources, Payroll, Training, Time & Attendance, Rostering, Benefits

Customer Relationship Management
Sales and Marketing, Commissions, Service, Customer Contact and Call Center support

Data Warehouse
and various Self-Service interfaces for Customers, Suppliers, and Employees

Enterprise Resource Planning is a term originally derived from manufacturing resource planning (MRP II) that followed material requirements planning (MRP). MRP evolved into ERP when "routings" became a major part of the software architecture and a company's capacity planning activity also became a part of the standard software activity.[citation needed] ERP systems typically handle the manufacturing, logistics, distribution, inventory, shipping, invoicing, and accounting for a company. Enterprise Resource Planning or ERP software can aid in the control of many business activities, like sales, marketing, delivery, billing, production, inventory management, quality management, and human resource management.

ERP systems saw a large boost in sales in the 1990s as companies faced the Y2K problem in their legacy systems. Many companies took this opportunity to replace their legacy information systems with ERP systems. This rapid growth in sales was followed by a slump in 1999, at which time most companies had already implemented their Y2K solution.

ERPs are often incorrectly called back office systems indicating that customers and the general public are not directly involved. This is contrasted with front office systems like customer relationship management (CRM) systems that deal directly with the customers, or the eBusiness systems such as eCommerce, eGovernment, eTelecom, and eFinance, or supplier relationship management (SRM) systems.

ERPs are cross-functional and enterprise wide. All functional departments that are involved in operations or production are integrated in one system. In addition to manufacturing, warehousing, logistics, and information technology, this would include accounting, human resources, marketing, and strategic management.

ERP II means open ERP architecture of components. The older, monolithic ERP systems became component oriented.

EAS — Enterprise Application Suite is a new name for formerly developed ERP systems which include (almost) all segments of business, using ordinary Internet browsers as thin clients.


Prior to the concept of ERP systems, departments within an organization (for example, the human resources (HR)) department, the payroll department, and the financial department) would have their own computer systems. The HR computer system (often called HRMS or HRIS) would typically contain information on the department, reporting structure, and personal details of employees. The payroll department would typically calculate and store paycheck information. The financial department would typically store financial transactions for the organization. Each system would have to rely on a set of common data to communicate with each other. For the HRIS to send salary information to the payroll system, an employee number would need to be assigned and remain static between the two systems to accurately identify an employee. The financial system was not interested in the employee-level data, but only in the payouts made by the payroll systems, such as the tax payments to various authorities, payments for employee benefits to providers, and so on. This provided complications. For instance, a person could not be paid in the payroll system without an employee number.


ERP software, among other things, combined the data of formerly separate applications. This made the worry of keeping numbers in synchronization across multiple systems disappear. It standardized and reduced the number of software specialties required within larger organizations.


Because of their wide scope of application within a business, ERP software systems are typically complex and usually impose significant changes on staff work practices.[citation needed] Implementing ERP software is typically not an "in-house" skill, so even smaller projects are more cost effective if specialist ERP implementation consultants are employed.[citation needed] The length of time to implement an ERP system depends on the size of the business, the scope of the change and willingness of the customer to take ownership for the project.[citation needed] A small project (e.g., a company of less than 100 staff) may be planned and delivered within 3-9 months; however, a large, multi-site or multi-country implementation may take years.

To implement ERP systems, companies often seek the help of an ERP vendor or of third-party consulting companies. These firms typically provide three areas of professional services: consulting, customization and support.

Source : Wikipedia

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Visibility ERP and Optimum Solutions Work Together to Improve HR and Payroll Processes for Applied Aerospace Structures Corporation

Applied Aerospace Structures Corporation of California, a Visibility ERP client recently deployed Optimum Solutions Payroll System

Applied Aerospace Structures Corporation of California, a Visibility ERP client recently deployed Optimum Solutions Payroll System. With the implementation of Optimum’s Payroll solution, Applied Aerospace Structures Corporation will be able to remain compliant and reduce costs with today’s constantly changing world of Payroll and HR. Optimum Solutions, headquartered in Nashville, specializes in HR and payroll systems designed for mid-size organizations. Their staff includes a team of Certified Payroll Professional’s (CPP’s) who work with companies during the implementation of their systems. Optimum’s stated business advantages include:

• Streamline your HRIS processes to increase efficiency
• Automate vital HR records such as OSHA/Workers Comp, job history, EEO tracking, COBRA, dependents, etc
• Eliminate manual processing of key calculations during payroll such as benefits/deductions, garnishments, direct deposit, earnings history, vacation time accruals, etc
• Optimum and Visibility ERP software can be interfaced so select data can be passed as appropriate.

Applied Aerospace Structures Corporation is a full service provider of complex composite and metal bonded structures and assemblies for both military and commercial applications and use Visibility’s ERP system for their manufacturing enterprise business solution.

Optimum Solutions, Inc. specializes in payroll, HR, and time and attendance software solutions. Optimum’s Suite provides applications that allow real time processing of data ensuring Payroll/HR departments, as well as their supervisors and employees, are working with the most up-to-date information.

Visibility Corporation is a leading developer and supplier of business software solutions designed for the unique needs of project-based, engineer-to-order and to-order manufacturers. Visibility's Enterprise Application solutions help midsize manufacturers of complex products operate their businesses effectively. Visibility has an extensive customer base throughout North America and Europe and has the strongest representation of ERP among complex manufacturers.

VISIBILITY.net is an in-house integrated ERP solution. It offers comprehensive To-Order industry specific functionality, integrated reporting and workflow. It is designed using today’s latest technology and operates using either a Microsoft SQL Server™ or Oracle® database. VISIBILITY.net ERP, optimizes manufacturing enterprises from end-to-end, so they can execute with unprecedented responsiveness and scalability.

Source : Visibility Corporation

Visibility Corporation Ships Major New Release of Leading ETO ERP Software

Visibility Corporation is pleased to announce the availability of VISIBILITY.net 7.2, the next major release of the leading ETO ERP software.

Visibility continues to differentiate with support for current technology and further expands functionality of its industry leading software. This next release of the service-oriented architecture (SOA) includes features geared toward supporting global supply chain manufacturers.

VISIBILITY.net 7.2 includes full support for current versions of Microsoft and Oracle technology including the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system, IE7 browser and Microsoft SQL Server™ 2005 database as well as support for Oracle® 11g database.

We have extended our SOA with several web service application program interfaces (API) that enable the application to link to external systems. In addition, many new features, reports and several new modules are making their debut in VISIBILITY.net 7.2

Highlights at A Glance

Partial list of new capabilities available in VISIBILITY.net 7.2 are listed in summary below:
• Major New Functionality and Enhancements
- VendorServer - web based partner self-service access to key collaboration data
- Service Management - call tracking and associated Service processing
- Bill of Lading Subsystem – increased logistics functionality
- Quality – planning, administration and tracking of tools and associated quality processing
- Graphical Scheduling - Gantt Chart schedule view for Work Order Operation steps
- Material Labor and Overhead processing in Projects

• Technology and Business Intelligence Enhancements
- Certification for IE7 browser and MS Vista operating system
- Support for Oracle® 11g
- Web Service API for Purchase Orders, GL Journal Entry, AR Invoice and Labor Tickets
- Business Intelligence upgraded Departmental views and support of Microsoft SQL Server™ 2005
• Many Other Small and Large Enhancements to Existing Functionality
• Many New Reports

Visibility Corporation (visibility.com) is a leading developer and supplier of business software solutions designed for the unique needs of project-based, engineer-to-order and mixed mode manufacturers. Visibility's Enterprise Application solutions help midsize manufacturers of complex products operate their businesses effectively. Visibility has an extensive customer base throughout North America and Europe and has the strongest representation of ERP among manufacturers of complex products.

VISIBILITY.net is an integrated, in-house, ERP solution and more. Offering unparalleled functionality and integrated workflow, this browser-based solution cost effectively delivers the power of .NET-based Web services. Conducting business any place, any time, any where is a reality, deployable with unprecedented flexibility.

Source : Visibility Corporation

Thursday, February 28, 2008

DEACOM ERP Software Greases Operational Wheels of Lubricant Manufacturer

The leading provider of lubricants and specialty fluids to the automotive and industrial markets, Cincinnati Vulcan, has selected the DEACOM Integrated Accounting and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software System, according to Deacom, Inc. The DEACOM System will replace Cincinnati Vulcan's non-integrated accounting and laboratory management software systems in order to better manage a multi-company structure.

With an ISO 9001:2000 quality system certification, Cincinnati Vulcan utilizes a research and quality control laboratory to manufacture, package, and distribute a variety of quality lubricating oils, metalworking fluids, and water-based cleaners under the Vulcan brand and other brand names. Its previous software set-up, however, was not being supported and required the company to operate two databases with customized programming and add-ons. The systems necessitated the use of a number of custom reports and external Excel® documents for sales commissions and tote tracking.

e DEACOM ERP System, once implemented in the summer of 2008, will integrate the sales order entry, purchasing, inventory control, formulation and lab management, regulatory reporting, production, web portal, labor tracking, and accounting processes of Cincinnati Vulcan in a single system. With one database, Cincinnati Vulcan will have the ability to plan material requirements for its predominantly make-to-order environment and generate configurable reports, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and invoices directly from the DEACOM System. The company will also be able to automate its bar coding and labeling process for true lot control at all of its warehouse locations.

"DEACOM, in comparison to our former software systems, makes our business operations seem too easy," says Rhett Francisco of Cincinnati Vulcan. "Having one system to integrate our entire business will save our order processing alone about one-third of our labor costs, which is vital to our commitment to continuous product and process quality improvement."

About Deacom, Inc

Headquartered in Wayne, PA, Deacom, Inc. is the producer of DEACOM, a complete accounting and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system for building component, process, and mixed-mode manufacturers with difficult-to-handle requirements. The DEACOM System seamlessly links all departments within a manufacturing company, providing a comprehensive view of the entire operation. By making complex issues simple, Deacom helps streamline manufacturing business processes to maximize productivity and profitability.

Fibre2fashion invites ERP, Business Intelligence Tools, POS, RFID, SCM, CRM, CAD/CAM, solution providers to participate in Soft-Tex 2008

Fibre2fashion invites ERP, Business Intelligence Tools, POS, RFID, SCM, CRM, CAD/CAM, Dyeing & Printing, Import Export Management, Inventory Control, Production Planning, Warehouse Management solution providers to participate in Soft-Tex 2008.

Soft-Tex will be giving software companies the effective plinth to promote their products & services to the Textile-Garment-Fashion-Retail industries. Fibre2fashion will be offering special features and helpful tools to brand your company and your products & services through Soft-Tex 2008.

Features & Benefits

- A dedicated page for participants where the companies will be showcased for one month View Sample
- Virtual booth-links to your website.
View Sample
- Special pre-show mailing to buyers
- Exclusive downloadable E-Catalogue
Download Sample
More Information about Soft-Tex 2008
Click Here http://www.fibre2fashion.com/services/promotion/softtex/#

Source : Fibre2fashion.com

Openbravo opnes the world of ERP

Openbravo is a fully functional, integrated, web-based, open source ERP (enterprise management system) that offers a unique value proposition - a higher value at a lower cost.

The system is for small and midsize enterprises that are looking for an integrated system to manage their business. One that is capable of managing daily operations, optimizing business processes, improving customer satisfaction and, ultimately, increasing profits.

Our customers have decided to take ownership of their ERP systems and only pay for the services they really need, when they need it.

Thanks to our highly qualified network of partners, Openbravo ERP has been successfully implemented in companies of different sizes and across a wide variety of sectors and activities. Openbravo offers its partners the opportunity to build a truly differentiated business based on Openbravo ERP.


Openbravo has been designed from the ground up to be web-based, enabling universal, secure access and simplicity through any browser.

Fully Functional

Openbravo includes all the functionality you would expect of an extended ERP solution, as well as basic CRM (Customer Relationship Management) and BI (Business Intelligence).

Truly Integrated, Truly an ERP

Openbravo has been designed as a single ERP application: all functionalities share a common architecture, philosophy, rules and user interface, and all are seamlessly integrated.

Open Source

Openbravo is released under an open source license, with no hidden costs or ties to a particular vendor. The license ensures no usage fees, public access to source code and permission to freely modify source code.

Revolutionary Architecture

Openbravo is based on a revolutionary architecture that offers a better way to build software applications.

Adapted to Needs

Once requirements and business processes have been identified, Openbravo can be adapted to any company's needs and be fully operational in a short amount of time.

About Openbravo :

"Openbravo is the leading web-based professional open source enterprise management solution (ERP) for small and midsize enterprises. Our success is based on high-quality products and services, a powerful business plan and a team of highly experienced professionals". Manel Sarasa, CEO.

Openbravo is a fully functional integrated web-based open source enterprise management system for small and midsize enterprises (SMEs). Openbravo offers a unique value proposition - higher value at a lower cost: "Be the owner of your ERP and only pay for the professional support you really need".

If your have any inquiry please contact this company direct.

Openbravo, S.L.
c/ Pau Claris 138, 1 - 1,
08009, Barcelona,
Email : media@openbravo.com

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Apparel Data System's "System 9001" is a flexible, parameter driven, modular software package

Apparel Data Systems providing Apparel, clothing and fashion industry ERP Software solution.

Apparel Data Systems company Profile :

Apparel Data Systems is a major resource of industry specific software solutions to address your "Mission Critical" requirements as well as your every day business needs for the apparel, home furnishings, and accessory industries.

Apparel Data System's "System 9001" is a flexible, parameter driven, modular software package that fits the needs of ladies, men?s and children?s apparel & accessory manufacturers and importers. The system is standardized so that upgrades are universal providing stability and reliability while enhancing functionality annually through low or no cost upgrades.

Product :

Apparel Data System's "System 9001" is a flexible, parameter driven, modular software package that fits the needs of ladies, men?s and children?s apparel & accessory manufacturers and importers. The system is standardized so that upgrades are universal providing stability and reliability while enhancing functionality annually through low or no cost upgrades.
modules include:

- Base System
- Warehouse Lot Locater
- EDI Solutions
- Returns Authorization
- Production Control & Raw Materials
- RFID Module
- Import Tracking
- E-commerce Module

If your have any inquiry contact this company direct.

Apparel Data Systems, Inc.

240 Madison Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Phone 212-922-9001
Fax 212-922-9002

Email: sales@appareldata.com

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Sage Software Again Ranked as #1 SMB Enterprise Application Vendor in Canada

New Report Confirms Company’s Continued Market Leadership

Sage Software announced today that IDC Canada has for the second consecutive year ranked the company as the leading provider of enterprise application software to small and mid-sized businesses (SMB’s)(1) throughout Canada, based on revenue figures researched by IDC for calendar 2006. The report, entitled "Canadian Enterprise Applications 2006 Vendor Shares(2)," confirms that Sage Software maintains its position as the leading provider of Enterprise Resource Management (ERM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Supply Chain Management (SCM) applications to SMB’s in Canada, exceeding Microsoft, Intuit, Infor, Lawson, Epicor, and others. Sage Software was previously ranked number one in a similar report published in October 2006, based on revenue figures researched by IDC Canada for calendar 2005.

According to the IDC report, "Sage is the leading vendor in the Canadian small and medium-sized customer (SMB) segment." It continues, "Sage's Canadian operations have maintained their SMB market leadership with its strong [Sage] Accpac and Simply Accounting financial applications. Investments in CRM, both SageCRM and [Sage] SalesLogix, are also beginning to have a positive impact on the vendor's market presence in Canada. Sage targets industries such as accounting (professional services based), as well as a broad spectrum of small businesses including hospitality, construction, manufacturing, and real estate. Sage promotes its long term relationship with charter accountants and usage of its products in colleges and university courses. In the SMB space, Sage has strong presence amongst customers via its presence in education and with professional organizations, such as the Canadian Management Association. The success of Sage Accpac can be attributed to on-going customer and user familiarity with the product."

"This report is further, strong proof of our ongoing market leadership and continued strong growth in Canada," said Laurie Schultz, Sage Software general manager for the Sage Accpac and Simply Accounting by Sage business unit. "In a very competitive marketplace, this #1 ranking from an independent third party is clearly a testament to the strength of our solutions, well-established business partner channel, and loyal client base, and certainly bodes well for our continued market leadership with SMB’s across Canada."

About Sage Software
Sage Software supports the needs, challenges and dreams of nearly 2.8 million small and mid-sized business customers in North America through easy-to-use, scalable and customizable software and services. Our products support accounting, operations, customer relationship management, human resources, time tracking, merchant services and the specialized needs of the construction, distribution, healthcare, manufacturing, nonprofit and real estate industries. Sage Software is a subsidiary of The Sage Group plc, a leading global supplier of accounting and business management software solutions and related products and services for small and mid-sized businesses. Formed in 1981, Sage was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and the Group now has 5.5 million customers and employs over 13,900 people worldwide.

Source : Sage Software

Sunday, February 24, 2008

SAP Business All-in-One at Solar Module Manufacturer SOLON: New ERP for Renewable Energy

The sun shines all over the world. This naturally opens up international opportunities for production and sales for SOLON AG, the largest manufacturer of solar modules in Europe. However, this requires an integrated ERP software that supports international processes and accounting standards.

"The Pioneers of Power" is the motto of SOLON AG, an enterprise specializing in solar technology with headquarters in Berlin. Formed in 1997, and floated on the stock exchange in 1998 as the first solar enterprise in Germany, the group is one of the pioneers and innovators in the area of solar technology. The enterprise has enjoyed rapid growth since its formation, and is now one of the largest European solar module manufacturers, with subsidiaries and production locations in Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and the United States, which are all part of a holding company. Total sales in 2006 – with more than 650 employees across the whole group – amounted to about 346 million euros, an increase of more than 70 percent on the previous year.

Expansion with IT support

"Because of the strong expansion, we need IT support that provides a transparent overview of all business processes and cash flows across the whole group," says Dieter Neberg, IT manager at SOLON AG. This was not possible with the old heterogeneous IT landscape, which consisted of ERP software from Sage and a stand-alone solution for production.

This situation was unsatisfactory, and the changeover to an integrated, sustainable, and international ERP solution that would support the enterprise's rapid development effectively was absolutely essential. The management of SOLON AG therefore decided to bring together all business areas and locations on a standardized ERP platform.

After careful consideration of the options available on the market, the enterprise chose the SAP Business All-in-One solution SPEED ME from IT total system supplier ai informatics. SPEED ME offers numerous preconfigured processes typically used in the industry, which enables rapid implementation. SOLON AG was also won over by the attractive fixed price, the industry expertise of the ai informatics consulting team, and the international product support offered by the IT service provider.

Together with the consultants, the enterprise was able to implement the industry solution in just seven months. In January 2007, the system went into productive operation for the 120 users at the Berlin and Greifswald locations successively, just two weeks apart. After the international rollout of SPEED ME at the SOLON locations in the United States and Italy, productive operation will start there in early 2008. In the final expansion phase, about 300 to 400 users will be working with the solution worldwide.

Overview of warehouse stocks a mouse click away

In Berlin and Greifswald, the benefits of the business processes integrated with the help of the SAP-based industry solution quickly became obvious. Supported by SPEED ME, the solar enterprise now maps its core processes in a standardized group structure and on the basis of consolidated master data.

All information, from sales and purchase order processing right through to billing, is entered, managed, and distributed centrally. Employees in the purchasing and production departments can access an overview of all warehouse stocks across the group with just a few mouse clicks and can compare these with the material requirements from the orders. As a result, scheduling and material planning, as well as procurement, production, and warehousing processes, can be controlled economically and on a demand-driven basis.

The old manual, paper-based intercompany processes are now carried out largely automatically, which accelerates procedures in internal ordering and settlement and ensures high process reliability.

Rapid consolidated financial statements

Another advantage of the industry solution is that data on costs and sales from the connected group areas and companies is immediately available in Financial Accounting and can be analyzed there at any time.

At the same time, the solar module manufacturer can create uniform standards across the group for internal and external reporting. As a result, it will be possible in future to create both the quarterly and annual statements for the group promptly in accordance with IFRS and the individual statements of the subsidiaries in accordance with local legal requirements. "As a result, we have a more accurate overview of the group's development and will in future be able to implement our growth strategy in an even more targeted way," states Dieter Neberg.

SOLON AG has outsourced operation of SPEED ME to the ai informatics computer center in Pforzheim – and is reaping multiple benefits. The IT operating costs can be clearly calculated, because a user-based settlement model ensures maximum transparency. In addition, the solar module manufacturer does not need to concern itself with administration and maintenance work such as updates or release upgrades. Dieter Neberg: "We can fully concentrate on our core competencies – and those are the development, production, and sale of innovative and high-quality solar modules."

Source: SAP INFO

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

FIT selects Yunique as software partner for new program

Academic leader The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and product lifecycle management (PLM) software developer Yunique Solutions Inc are partnering to bring an innovative new fashion product lifecycle management program to FIT students and fashion industry professionals.

Facilitated by $400,000 software and services donation by Yunique Solutions and a State University of New York (SUNY) grant, FIT will develop new training programs centered around the latest techniques and technologies for product development and other front-end fashion business processes. In addition to their plmOn software, the Yunique Solutions donation also includes related system installation, implementation, and training services.

FIT will initially offer the new PLM training as a program in the school’s Enterprise Center. Under the management of Ms. Christine Helm, the center serves as a business training resource for artists, designers, and fashion industry professionals.

The new program will be promoted through a series of upcoming FIT seminars aimed at helping students and fashion companies realize the benefits of PLM. The new PLM program will also complement the extensive Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop training courses currently being offered at FIT.

Following an evaluation of fashion industry PLM solution providers, FIT selected Yunique as the software partner for the new program. “We were impressed with the flexibility of the Yunique software”, noted Holly Henderson, assistant adjunct professor and fashion industry consultant.

“They have a true understanding of the needs of fashion companies. In our research, we confirmed the importance for PLM in the industry and see it as a key driver to remaining competitive in today’s global fashion industry.”

“We are proud to partner with FIT on such an important industry initiative”, added Darioush Nikpour, vice president of business development at Yunique. “The fashion industry requires advanced training and game-changing technology to meet rapidly accelerating consumer and competitive demands for more innovative products, greater product value, and faster business execution. This combination of training and technology will drive the innovative business processes needed to succeed in the future of fashion.”

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) has rapidly become one of the hottest technology applications in the apparel, accessories, footwear, textiles, and other fashion-related industries due to its ability to support and integrate the merchandising, design, development, pre-production and sourcing activities that are critical in today’s consumer-driven marketplace.

Source : Fibre2fashion.com

Monday, February 11, 2008

QAD Named “Top ERP Provider For Customer Experience” In Consumer Goods Technology's Annual Readers' Choice Awards

QAD, Inc a leading provider of enterprise software and services for global manufacturers, today announced that Consumer Goods Technology magazine has selected QAD as the top provider for customer experience in the Enterprise Resource Planning section of the magazine’s annual Readers' Choice Awards, published in the January 2008 issue. The annual Readers' Choice Awards honor winners across twelve different categories focused on service and solutions for consumer goods companies.

Consumer products manufacturers worldwide rely on QAD as a trusted partner to analyze, plan and manage every aspect of their enterprise at every stage in the manufacturing process. QAD develops and delivers enterprise solutions designed to solve the immediate challenges consumer products manufacturers face today while laying the groundwork for future success and lasting bottom-line results.

“We are pleased to be included in this year’s Readers' Choice Awards,” said Phil Friedman, vice president, consumer products, QAD. “Consumer products manufacturers have to deal with many different layers of suppliers, distributors and channels in taking their product to market these days. QAD is committed to supporting these manufacturers in achieving their goals in brand development, demand management, and new product introduction.”

QAD Enterprise Applications are designed to streamline the management of manufacturing operations, supply chains, financials, customers, technology and business performances all in one suite. Built on a deep, foundational understanding of manufacturing and designed for maximum flexibility anywhere in the world, QAD Enterprise Applications are available in 27 languages and can handle multiple currencies. For both single-site manufacturers with customers and suppliers in many locations around the world, and global enterprises with factories and plants in dozens of countries, QAD can provide the solutions and support to operate multi-national businesses efficiently and profitably.

The Readers' Choice Award winners are included in the January 2008 issue of Consumer Goods Technology and can be viewed online at: Consumer Goods Technology Readers' Choice 2008. This is the eighth annual Readers' Choice Awards for GCT.

About QAD

QAD is a leading provider of enterprise applications for global manufacturing companies. QAD applications provide critical functionality for managing manufacturing resources and operations within and beyond the enterprise, enabling global manufacturers to collaborate with their customers, suppliers and partners to make and deliver the right product, at the right cost and at the right time. Manufacturers of automotive, consumer products, electronics, food and beverage, industrial and life science products use QAD applications at approximately 5,800 licensed sites in more than 90 countries and in as many as 27 languages. For more information about QAD, telephone +1 805 684 6614, or visit the QAD Web site at:
Source : QAD Inc.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Ms. Gerdien Cammeraat transfers to it suits IT

Gerdien Cammeraat, a well known IT professional in the Microsoft Dynamics-, Exact- and apparel industry, made the transfer to the promising new Microsoft partner it suits IT.

Gerdien Cammeraat, formerly successful as Director Product Management & Development at Pebblestone Fashion International and Account Manager at Exact Software, will focus on consultancy for Microsoft Dynamics partners and customers and the coordination of international Microsoft related events.

After a small side step to Exact Software, the transfer of Cammeraat to it suits IT reunites a successful team. Together with Theo Doelman, Paul Jonker, Yildiz de Leeuw and Jacko Stokman, Gerdien Cammeraat formed the team which was responsible for the very successful international roll out of a specialized ERP solution for the fashion industry.

Source : http://www.fibre2fashion.com

eVision selects BroadSign's software solution

BroadSign International Inc, a leading worldwide provider of hosted software for operating digital signage networks announced that BroadSign's Software as a Service (SaaS) solution BroadSign Suite will be deployed to run the eVision network of digital screens in all U.S. Virgin Megastores. eVision is a content creator and an operator of digital signage networks in hospitality, recreational, retail and medical environments.

Using BroadSign Suite will allow eVision to operate a network of 400 digital displays of different sizes in 10 Virgin Megastores across the U.S. Each location will have up to 40 screens geared to the affluent 18-44 year old demographic creating an 'experiential environment' by entertaining shoppers and informing them of the latest movies, music releases, games, books, electronics, apparel and fashion accessories on a playlist-style programming loop.

The displays will feature an 8-hour mix of high-definition content to be updated daily while allowing customer interaction via mobile phones and Internet.

"Our solution was designed to support complex programming and pinpoint targeting that can be done easily from one central location, so the BroadSign Suite's rich functionality will be put to good use here," said Rick Engels, president and CEO of BroadSign International Inc. "I'm also glad that eVision will be able to appreciate our latest enhanced campaign performance reporting system that further facilitates communication with advertisers."

eVision's roster of clients has included McDonald's, Macy's, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Hard Rock Hotel, Hard Rock Cafes, H&M, Ralph Lauren/Polo, Levi Strauss, JC Penney and the U.S. Armed Forces, among many others.

"Turning this bold and innovative concept into reality at Virgin Megastores was a challenge," said Gary Hunt, president of eVision. "The vast amount of content, the need for customizing the program for each store and potentially for each area in the store as well as custom requirements from our advertisers led us to BroadSign. The company has proven that its software is the best fit for many of our networks."

The network will be rolled out in February-March 2008. Most of the store chain suppliers have already committed to buying time on the network.

"TheVirgin Megastores have always been about innovation and evolving the retail environment to meet the needs and desires of our customers," said Dee McLaughlin, Vice President of Marketing, Virgin Entertainment Group, North America. "With the launch of Virgin Mega TV we are continuing that commitment. We are excited about the new technology that allows us to have a 'live' show playing in our stores."

BroadSign International Inc is a leading worldwide provider of hosted solutions for managing digital signage networks. The BroadSign Suite resolves the challenges facing modern digital signage networks: the need for full campaign execution functionality, accountability and true scalability. The software enables operators to target out-of-home audiences, sell network airtime, reliably play back scheduled content on each screen and account for campaign performance.

eVision is a leading provider of Digital Signage Networks, creating cutting-edge digital signage content to a myriad of environments; hospitality, recreational, retail, medical, to name but a few. eVision combined Emmy Award-winning creativity with state-of-the-art technology to reach an increasingly elusive consumer with targeted messages.

eVision is poised to take full advantage of tomorrow's technology today and set the standard for out-of-home programming, advertising and deployment; utilizing dynamic content to reach and affect your consumer when and where you want.

Virgin Entertainment Group is the world's leading multi-channel music and entertainment retailer, providing customers with a range of entertainment experiences through a family of integrated Virgin-branded businesses.

Source : http://www.fibre2fashion.com

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Northern California Public Broadcasting Leverages SAP Solutions for Enterprise Performance Management

SAP Empowers CFOs with Innovative Solutions to Drive Performance and Manage Growth; Rapid Deployment of SAP Solutions Drives Increased Operational Efficiency and Reporting Accuracy for the Financial Planning Process

SAP AG today announced that Northern California Public Broadcasting, Inc. (NCPB), one of the nation’s leading public radio and television broadcasters, has successfully implemented the SAP® Business Planning and Consolidation application, a key component of the growing portfolio of SAP solutions for enterprise performance management. As NCPB undergoes significant business transformation, the broadcaster is using SAP solutions for enterprise performance management to better manage the company’s business plan, acquisition road map and growth strategy. Since deploying SAP solutions, NCPB has seen a significant increase in operational and financial reporting accuracy and efficiency, allowing more time for analysis and strategic planning. The NCPB deployment demonstrates continued momentum for SAP’s global strategy to transform and enhance corporate performance by putting innovative and user-friendly business and financial management solutions in the hands of CFOs.

NCPB owns and operates public radio and television stations across Northern California, making it one of the largest, most-watched public television and most-listened-to public radio broadcasters in the United States. In 2006, NCPB was in the process of merging with two regional broadcast stations and needed a robust performance management platform that could scale to support the company’s growth while addressing several core financial and operational functions in a highly customized and cost-effective manner.

NCPB required a solution that would decrease time spent reconciling data aggregated manually in Excel spreadsheets, re-engineer the arduous annual financial planning process by creating monthly forecasts, and increase the integrity and transparency of numbers across the business. After a competitive search, CFO Jeffery Nemy selected SAP solutions to improve financial performance and operational efficiencies across all station holdings and departments throughout the company, including finance, communications and human resources.

The initial implementation process for NCPB’s deployment took approximately 90 days to complete, with the first forecast presented to the Board’s Finance Committee less than five months after the project began.

“We were in the middle of a critical corporate transition and needed a holistic solution that could consolidate budgets of disparate departments and projects instantaneously, eliminate time-consuming reconciliations of interdepartmental charges, and automate and standardize documentation of assumptions and justifications for spending requests as well as provide account-level reporting across departmental and project boundaries,” said Nemy. “SAP solutions proved to be the best fit and since the initial implementation, we have successfully achieved several measurable benchmarks including elimination of the manual consolidation process, which has reduced our cycle time by up to six weeks. The entire NCPB leadership team is now equipped with direct online access to more timely and accurate information and a better way to view, measure and plan the strategic direction of the company — literally transforming the way we do business.”

Prior to the implementation of SAP solutions for enterprise performance management, the annual planning and consolidation process at NCPB took months to complete, which monopolized thousands of man hours and did not provide the level of visibility needed to support the company’s growth. After deploying the SAP solutions, NCPB completely replaced its annual financial planning processes with a rolling monthly forecast that projects not only the balance of the current fiscal year, but also the following 36 months. At the end of each month, actuals are uploaded into the system, thus overriding the previous forecast for that month. Variance reports are then prepared comparing actual results against both budget and previous forecasts. Automating the planning and consolidation process has resulted in a significant increase in efficiency for the overall financial planning process.

“SAP has been diligent in its commitment to deliver a world-class suite of software solutions that address the specific needs and business objectives of CFOs today,” said Sanjay Poonen, senior vice president and general manager of Enterprise Performance Management, Business Objects, an SAP company. “The success of customers like Northern California Public Broadcasting further validates our strategy to empower CFOs through delivery of the most comprehensive and innovative technology solutions. In addition, SAP was positioned in the leaders quadrant in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for CPM Suites, 20071.”

Source : SAP

Monday, February 4, 2008

Arvind Mills to implement Oracle ERP for its retail outlets

Textile major Arvind Mills Limited has decided to implement Oracle' s enterprise resource planning (ERP) software to manage its growing chain of retail outlets. The project cost is estimated at around Rs10 crore.

Arvind Mills has two retail store formats, Mega Mart Outlet Centres (large discount stores), and the smaller Mega Mart stores. For the short term, Arvind Mills is looking to open eight large stores in cities such as Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai, while it plans to expand its smaller stores to tier II cities.

With each store requiring an investment of around Rs4 crore, the total outlay of Rs400 crore would be funded from internal accruals. As per Sanjay Lalbhai, managing director of Arvind Mills, last year retail stores contributed Rs100 crore to the top line of the company, and a 6 per cent profit. He said the Mega Mart Outlet Centre has been positioned as a discount store, with the tag line 'Sale on. 365 days.'

According to J Suresh, CEO, Arvind Brands & Retail, which is the retail arm of Arvind Mills, the company plans to have 30 large discount stores and 200 Mega Marts across 100 cities, and plans to achieve revenues of Rs2,000 crore by 2012. Presently, the company has 75 outlets in 25 cities.

Unlike the smaller Mega Mart stores that sell in-house brands, the large stores stock other brands as well. K E Venkatachalapathy, business head, Mega Mart says that in order to provide value to other brand owners, the company has tied-up with a minimum number of brands while offering sizeable shelf space of around 200 to 250 sq ft.

Source: http://www.domainb.com/companies/companies_a/Arvind_Mills/20080201_arvind_mills.html

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Microsoft Proposes Acquisition of Yahoo! for $31 per Share

Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has made a proposal to the Yahoo! Inc. Board of Directors to acquire all the outstanding shares of Yahoo! common stock for per share consideration of $31 representing a total equity value of approximately $44.6 billion. Microsoft’s proposal would allow the Yahoo! shareholders to elect to receive cash or a fixed number of shares of Microsoft common stock, with the total consideration payable to Yahoo! shareholders consisting of one-half cash and one-half Microsoft common stock. The offer represents a 62 percent premium above the closing price of Yahoo! common stock on Jan. 31, 2008.

“We have great respect for Yahoo!, and together we can offer an increasingly exciting set of solutions for consumers, publishers and advertisers while becoming better positioned to compete in the online services market,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “We believe our combination will deliver superior value to our respective shareholders and better choice and innovation to our customers and industry partners.”

“Our lives, our businesses, and even our society have been progressively transformed by the Web, and Yahoo! has played a pioneering role by building compelling, high-scale services and infrastructure,” said Ray Ozzie, chief software architect at Microsoft. “The combination of these two great teams would enable us to jointly deliver a broad range of new experiences to our customers that neither of us would have achieved on our own.”

The online advertising market is growing at a very fast pace, from over $40 billion in 2007 to nearly $80 billion by 2010. The resulting benefits of scale along with the associated capital costs for advertising platform providers make this a time of industry consolidation and convergence. Today this market is increasingly dominated by one player. Together, Microsoft and Yahoo! can offer a competitive choice while better fulfilling the needs of customers and partners.

“The combined assets and strong services focus of these two companies will enable us to achieve scale economics while reaching R&D critical mass to deliver innovation breakthroughs,” said Kevin Johnson, president of the Platforms & Services Division of Microsoft. “The industry will be well served by having more than one strong player, offering more value and real choice to advertisers, publishers and consumers.”

The combination will create a more efficient company with synergies in four areas: scale economics driven by audience critical mass and increased value for advertisers; combined engineering talent to accelerate innovation; operational efficiencies through elimination of redundant cost; and the ability to innovate in emerging user experiences such as video and mobile. Microsoft believes these four areas will generate at least $1 billion in annual synergy for the combined entity.

Microsoft has developed a plan and process that will include the employees of both companies to focus on the integration of the combined business. Microsoft intends to offer significant retention packages to Yahoo! engineers, key leaders and employees across all disciplines.

Microsoft believes this proposed combination would receive all necessary regulatory approvals and expects that the proposed transaction would be completed in the second half of calendar year 2008.

Microsoft is also committed to working closely with Yahoo! management and its Board of Directors as they, along with Yahoo! shareholders, evaluate this compelling proposal.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. In connection with the proposed transaction, Microsoft Corp. plans to file with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 containing a proxy statement/prospectus and other documents regarding the proposed transaction. The definitive proxy statement/prospectus will be mailed to shareholders of Yahoo! Inc. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF YAHOO! INC. ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION.

Source : Microsoft