Acumatica Heralds xRP Cloud Platform




Acumatica recently released Acumatica Cloud xRP Platform, built on the standard Microsoft stack and on object-oriented principles, to its partner ecosystem. The Acumatica Cloud xRP Platform, where “x” represents a company of any size, operating anywhere and in any industry, aims to empower developers and software companies to bring their new and legacy applications to the cloud faster and cheaper. They can also leverage Acumatica’s pre-built enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) capabilities, while enjoying flexible deployment and tenancy options.
 
The Cloud xRP Platform launch is supported by more than 10 software companies across the world building their industry applications on the platform today. For example, JAAS Systems built JAMS, its manufacturing ERP solution on the platform, whereas JAMIS migrated its formerly AS/400 COBOL-based ERP solutions to government contractors. Other examples include M5 Software, a consulting firm, and Kensium ASI, which provides ERP solutions for non-profit organizations.
 
These firms join established regional software companies Visma and MYOB, which announced partnerships with Acumatica last year. MYOB, the largest accounting software company in Australia and New Zealand with more than 1.2 million customers, is building its software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering on the platform (read TEC article). Nordic leader Visma, with more than 350,000 customers, has already launched Visma.net, built on the Acumatica Cloud xRP Platform.
 
As Acumatica's new chief executive officer (CEO), Jon Roskill, is an ex-Microsoft executive, this xRP platform play very much resembles the xRM platform play by Microsoft Dynamics CRM form of several years ago. The concept is still also alive and well at Microsoft, although the Microsoft Dynamics team now rather talks about it more from a platform perspective versus using the term “xRM,” per se (read more).
 
Acumatica’s xRP announcement is really about "productizing" and formalizing the platform offering. The vendor is launching it with a program framework, pricing, software development kit (SDK), etc. Other Acumatica Cloud xRP Platform partnerships soon to be announced (most likely around the time of the 2014 Acumatica Partner Summit in August) will include software companies in diverse industries, ranging from property management, to construction, to auto dealerships.
 
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