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