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Volume 5 Issue 24
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  What’s Microsoft’s Retail Play?
  Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 for Retail is up against stiff competition from the likes of SAP, Oracle, Epicor, RedPrairie, JDA Software, and more. So what does it offer that the others don’t? Find out, as TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic takes a close-up look at Microsoft’s end-to-end retail solution from all the key angles: architecture, functionality, product highlights, and customer base.

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From March 6th to 10th, 2012, ABAS Software AG and its software partners from around the world will demonstrate abas Business Suite (ERP, DMS, BI, Mobile Solutions), the complete package for midsize companies, in hall 5, stand C18.

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  Industry Watch: This Week in Enterprise Software News
Software Adoptions and Roll-outs
Leroy Merlin Spain selects Google Apps
Cloud computing
Google blog post
"This is another signifier of continuous and steady adoption of cloud services in different shapes and forms." — Jorge García, TEC ERP Analyst

Endoscopy Development Company selects IQMS
Medical equipment manufacturing
IQMS profile
Press release
"This manufacturer chose to adopt an on-premise application primarily based on dissatisfaction with the processing data performance speed, technical support, and software design of the rival cloud ERP solutions." — Aleksey Osintsev, TEC ERP Analyst

City of Vienna selects Heiler Software
Public sector procurement functionality
Heiler Software profile
Press release
"The ability to search quickly through an organized and standardized catalog for all your items allows you to identify proper options far more quickly than if you have to seek validation from the purchasing team. This is a powerful way for a purchasing team to centralize information and to save precious decision-making time." — Phil Reney, TEC SCM Analyst

Wiggle selects RedPrairie WMS
Online retail
Press release
"RedPrairie has been offering solid warehousing functionality for many years, but it has also added integrated voice picking to the mix, which helps reduce redundant displacement of employees in the warehouse." — Phil Reney, TEC SCM Analyst

Sparrows Offshore Group extends Epicor ERP to global operations
ERP—heavy equipment engineering, operations, and maintenance
Epicor ERP profile
Press release
"For global providers of oilfield engineering services, it is vital to be able to see a global picture of their business in real time. Sparrows Offshore Group has decided to extend Epicor software from its US offices to all global operations, and at the same time, to upgrade to the latest version of Epicor ERP. Epicor’s human resource management, field service, and CRM capabilities are also in the works." — Aleksey Osintsev, TEC ERP Analyst

Ferronordic Machines rolls out 1C: Enterprise ERP to 20 facilities
ERP—heavy equipment distribution
1C: Enterprise ERP profile
Ferronordic Web site
"Successful deployment at three facilities allowed this Russian distributor for Volvo Construction Equipment to extend usage of the 1C: Enterprise ERP software to its other 17 offices across Russia. This business case demonstrates the system's ease of use and scalability, along with the vertical solution's functionality for heavy equipment distribution, service works, and maintenance—which is atypical for the average 'focused' ERP system." — Aleksey Osintsev, TEC ERP Analyst

Software Vendor M&As/Partnerships, Product Launches, and Announcements
Oasis Solutions Group acquires SugarCRM
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Press release
"SugarCRM is an affordable CRM solution that’s going to add to Oasis Solution Group's already impressive list of vendor solutions. Its addition enables Oasis (a Sage and Microsoft ERP partner) to meet growing demand for CRM among small and midsized companies." — Sherry Fox, TEC HCM Analyst

Ceridian to Acquire Dayforce
Human resources
Press release
"Ceridian and Dayforce have been significantly invested together for some time now. Ceridian’s looking to make this official by acquiring Dayforce’s award-winning HCM platform and adding to its existing cloud technology commitment." — Sherry Fox, TEC HCM Analyst

SAP partners with Microsoft for HANA/Kinect combo
In-memory technologies
SAP article
"This venture by SAP and Microsoft will enable users to carry out real-time analysis using the SAP HANA appliance over an Xbox 360 using hand and arm motion control, literally putting this technology in the hands of the business world. " — Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

AssetPoint partners with Inetsoft
BI/business performance management
Inetsoft profile
Press release
"This signals continued incorporation of best-of-breed analytics capabilities into an increasing number of software solutions." — Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

Sentric partners with peopleG2
Press release
"This strategic partnership comes at a good time for Sentric and is a natural expansion for its workforce solutions suite. The addition of the background screening and human capital analysis expands on Sentric’s functionality to customers nationwide." — Sherry Fox, TEC HCM Analyst

Connexica partners with 2020BP
BI/business performance management
Press release
"CXAIR will be branded as part of the BabelBox solution to provide BI solutions for BabelBox. Another example of embedded BI." — Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

Microsoft launches Dynamics AX 2012 for Retail
Retail ERP
TEC article
"This news confirms what we already knew, or at least suspected: Microsoft Dynamics AX is the company’s chosen global enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform. It will be the foundation not only for selected and vetted independent software vendor (ISV) partners to build their industry-specific solutions, but also for Microsoft’s offering to larger global corporations." — P.J. Jakovljevic, Principal TEC Analyst

Hyperion Enterprise reaches end of life
Financial consolidation applications
Press release
"Hyperion Enterprise customers are getting a fairly clear picture about the status and future of their solution, including an explicit list of Oracle's next steps." — Phil Reney, TEC SCM Analyst

QlikTech reveals pricing for QlikView Business Discovery Platform
QlikView profile
Press release
"QlikTech has announced that pricing for the QlikView product stack is now public on its Web site, a radical move away from the traditional vendor practice of not disclosing prices publicly. QlikTech is setting the pace for providing a clear view of bid consumerization by letting the market evaluate options from a functional/value perspective." — Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

Kognitio moves to memory-based pricing
Data warehousing/BI
Press release
"Kognitio has announced that it will be shifting its pricing schema to a complete memory-based pricing model. Users will be charged based on the amount of memory employed by the server hosting platform, rather than on the amount of data stored on disk. According to Kognitio, customers can put as much data as they like on the Analytical Platform and only be charged for what they actually put in memory." — Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

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