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Volume 5 Issue 45
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  Social Media in Your Supply Chain Keeps Everyone in the Loop
  In today’s marketplace, the key to success is being able to collaborate effectively with partners, suppliers, and customers around the globe. Learn how powerful social media tools in cloud-based SCM solutions are making it easy for all parties to provide vital input and communication—anytime, from anywhere, across the entire length of the supply chain.

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  Market News
  Shipping Management for Manufacturers Simplified with IQMS
PASO ROBLES, CA – April 10, 2012 – IQMS, a manufacturing ERP software developer with an ongoing, proactive commitment to its product and relationships, today announced the release of its unprecedented shipping and distribution management module, Shipping Manager. Developed from an often overlooked user desire for a truly integrated shipping program, IQMS' manufacturing customers can now send and receive real-time data to and from common freight carrier systems, such as FedEx® and UPS®—all from within EnterpriseIQ. Read the full press release.

  Iliad Africa Limited Leverages K8 System for Ambitious Growth Strategy
Iliad, one of South Africa’s leading suppliers of building materials, has successfully completed the initial phase of its new 100+ location K8 implementation. K8 was chosen as the ERP component of its IT standardization strategy. Prior to the commitment to K8, Kerridge Commercial Systems products were already in place at Iliad and have played an integral part of the company’s impressive growth for more than a decade. With K8, IT standardization is enabling the introduction of best practice processes and system controls across the company. In addition to upgrading the existing systems, K8 is replacing a number of disparate non-integrated systems—a situation that had arisen as a result of business acquisitions. Read the press release.

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  Industry Watch: This Week in Enterprise Software News
  Here's a taste of what's in the news this week.

Software Selections
Syspro ERP selected by rail car mobility solutions provider Trackmobile
ETO, Discrete manufacturing
TEC profile for Syspro ERP
Press release
"Syspro’s solution was the only ERP system to fit all of the company’s high-level needs, such as outside database integration, in-depth product configurator with complex pricing structure, Web-enablement to receive sales orders, and graphical customizable dashboards. Syspro has won a tough competition against Infor, QAD, Sage, and Glovia." — Aleksey Osintsev, TEC ERP Analyst

Keges Grosshandel switches to Jeeves ERP system
Wholesale distribution
TEC profile for Jeeves Universal
Press release
"Keges Grosshandel really liked the user friendliness of the Jeeves solution, as it will offer a greater adoption rate among its seasonal workforce—thus significantly reducing training time, and keeping operations right on pace." — Philippe Reney, TEC SCM Analyst

CPAC Systems AB selects Aras Enterprise PLM
PLM, Discrete manufacturing
Press release
"CIMdata has been seeing increases in both PLM consolidation and replacement activities. This win by Aras was reportedly against Siemens Teamcenter and PTC Windchill. CPAC was the former Embedded Systems division of Volvo, and they were reportedly fed up with the endless Siemens Teamcenter PLM project at the corporate level. When they got spun out, they did a full selection process and concluded that Aras was the best solution from a flexibility/capability standpoint—they were able to pilot without any out-of-pocket expenses (needless to say, they already knew Teamcenter in depth). Engineering configuration or configuration management capabilities were very important in the evaluation, i.e., management of complex software/firmware/electronics/mechanical BOMs with many different and constantly changing items and assemblies." — P.J. Jakovljevic, Principal TEC Analyst

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