TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of August 27, 2012

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Mid-sized refractory products manufacturer selects EnterpriseIQ ERP from IQMS
Industry tags: manufacturing
"The reasons why Riverside Refractories Inc. decided to replace its existing ERP system aren't unique—the old legacy system's inflexibility and inability to support manufacturing needs in the changing business environment had started impeding the company's operations. The company selected an ERP solution from IQMS—its EnterpriseIQ ERP package designed for medium-sized businesses. This software was preferred over others for a few major reasons: ease of use and a 'comfortable' user interface; flexibility and capability to run on multiple hardware types; and a reasonable cost. And the last reason the company mentions is pretty interesting: lack of the usual sales pressure. This example clearly shows the importance of intangible and subjective factors during the software selection process." — Aleksey Osintsev, TEC Analyst
Overview: IQMS EnterpriseIQ
Compare IQMS EnterpriseIQ head-to-head with other leading ERP solutions.

SYSPRO ERP selected by Hardy Machine and Design
Industry tags: manufacturing
"This company, which engineers, designs, and fabricates precise machine metal parts for clients in various industries, decided to replace its existing software because it lacked processes for cost tracking and had poor scheduling capabilities. After evaluating multiple systems, Hardy concluded that SYSPRO ERP was the best choice. Among other selection factors it cites three major ones: underlying cutting-edge Microsoft technology, a full range of functionality focusing on the metal machining industry, and a local software reseller to provide back-up and support." — Aleksey Osintsev, TEC Analyst

"SYSPRO ERP replaced the Exact JobBOSS and Sage Peachtree combination at Hardy, specialists in oil and gas, aerospace, and health care industries, as the combined software was not providing good job cost data for individual jobs and had weak job scheduling capabilities. SYSPRO ERP outcompeted four ERP products for the new contract, one of which was SAP Business One by SAP Americas Inc. Hardy reported selected SYSPRO ERP because SYSPRO seems to be on the 'cutting edge' of Microsoft offerings; the software offers a full suite of capabilities focused on Hardy's industries, and the local SYSPRO reseller offers excellent backup and support." — P.J. Jakovljevic, Principal TEC Analyst
Overview: SYSPRO ERP
Compare SYSPRO head-to-head with other leading ERP solutions.
TEC article (Jan 2012): SYSPRO—Taking a Quantum Leap or Simply Becoming Smarter?

Morehouse School of Medicine selects EPM Live for project portfolio management
Industry tags: education, cross-industry, project portfolio management
"ver wondered what a full-featured, SharePoint-based project and portfolio management system should look like? EPM Live provides Microsoft SharePoint-based enterprise solutions for project, portfolio, and work management at attractive entry-level pricing, and has just added the Morehouse School of Medicine to the expansive list of customers using its products. " — Ted Rohm, TEC Analyst


Rackspace releases Rackspace Private Cloud
Industry tags: cloud computing, cross-industry
"Rackspace is releasing a new product, Rackspace Private Cloud Software, enabling users to deploy private cloud environments. Powered by OpenStack, users will have another option for deploying multi-node private cloud environments. According to Rackspace, the product combines the capabilities of public cloud environments with the advantages of private clouds, such as the customization and security of dedicated environments. Good news for cloud-computing users." — Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

Newforma launches Project Cloud for construction management
Industry tags: construction, architecture, engineering, project information management
"Newforma, Inc., announces the launch of Newforma Project Cloud Web-hosted construction management software in response to the changing requirements of customers to manage both on-premise and hosted projects. Newforma develops and markets project information management (PIM) software for architecture, engineering, and construction industries. Newforma Project Cloud supports pre-construction and construction administration, submittal and RFI collaboration, mark-up of shop drawings, sharing of BIM and CAD files, and overall integrated project delivery. The Web-based offering incorporates AEC-Sync technology recently acquired from Attolist, which integrates information from the design, construction, and owner’s teams." — Ted Rohm, TEC Analyst

Oracle has upgraded analytics in its retail data model
Industry tags: retail
"Oracle has made enhancements to its data warehouse model, Oracle Retail Data Model. The latest version of this product will incorporate various innovative features in the areas of forecasting and analytics to provide users with the ability to obtain new insights regarding price, workforce optimization, and customer sentiment. Verticalization and consumerization have pervaded the BI/data warehouse cycle such that vendors are now providing more effective and out-of-the-box functionality for specific industries and lines of business." — Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

IBM announces zEnterprise EC12
Industry tags: cloud computing, enterprise data, analytics
"zEnterprise EC12 mainframe server is the new version of IBM's enterprise server products. With enhancements in security, such as achieving Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 5+, and extensive enhancement for delivering high-performance analytics features to run complex and operational data analysis, this new system from IBM is also prepared for large-scale cloud deployments. Built-in functionalities and the vendor's expertise with corporate servers are making it possible to deploy complex infrastructures with more efficiency and speed." — Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

PROS Pricing achieves additional SAP integration certifications for big data solutions
Industry tags: manufacturing, distribution, services, travel
"PROS is executing well on building its partner ecosystem. Still, PROS has a tough row to hoe when it comes to SAP in light of Vendavo's much closer relationship with SAP. There are certainly situations where PROS makes more sense and the pricing company will win some of the deals. Time will tell whether PROS' reliance on Microsoft SQL Server in-memory capabilities will be attractive enough to SAP's users if Vendavo delivers its product on SAP HANA. The pricing and big data thread is interesting, and Neil Biehn at PROS has compelling ideas with regard to descriptive, analytic, and prescriptive pricing. But I don't think any of the pricing vendors have really cracked yet what the abundance of available transactional data really means for the future." — P.J. Jakovljevic, Principal TEC Analyst


Deltek to be acquired by Thoma Bravo for $1.1B
Industry tags: professional services, government contracting
"Deltek, Inc., will be taken private by Thoma Bravo, LLC, in an all-cash deal valued at approximately USD $1.1 billion, representing a 24% premium over Deltek’s stock price on June 11, 2012. Deltek provides enterprise management software for project-focused organizations.

A law firm hired by investors is investigating whether the board 'breached their fiduciary duties by failing to adequately shop the Company and maximize shareholder value.' On the surface, the deal looks to benefit Deltek and its customers for all the right reasons, e.g., focus on R&D and the needs of customers instead of stockholders. However, if Thoma Bravo and Deltek don’t quickly address the concerns of the 40.5% of shareholders who didn’t approve the deal, they might quickly squander the initial benefits of going private." — Ted Rohm, TEC Analyst
Profile: Deltek
TEC article (Aug 2011): Deltek, We Hardly Knew Ye: New Deltek at Insight 2011

IBM to acquire Kenexa to bolster social business initiatives
Industry tags: HCM, social media, cross-industry
"IBM has long been playing in many enterprise applications arenas via a slew of acquisitions. And after many other companies, including SAP and Oracle, established themselves in the HCM/talent management market, it was only a matter of time when IBM would join the lucrative bandwagon. Given Kenexa’s large business in consulting and recruitment process outsourcing and given IBM’s love for professional services, this seems a good fit. Kenexa has been largely present in North America, and IBM can help with expanding its reach. Will IBM now tackle the workforce management (WFM) market by perhaps pursuing Kronos or Reflexis Systems?" — P.J. Jakovljevic, Principal TEC Analyst

TEC article (Aug 2012): Saba Software: Figuring Out Social Talent Management

PEAK Technologies completes acquisition of Catalyst http://www.peaktech.com/News_and_Events/PEAK-Technologies-Completes-Acquisition-of-Catalyst.aspx

Industry tags: SCM, WMS, cross-industry
"With this acquisition, the combination of PEAK Technologies and Catalyst creates one of the largest specialized services partners for SAP SCM solution suite. For a long time, even before belonging to CDC Software, Catalyst has had somewhat conflicting offerings on its own Catalyst WMS product (which is now part of Aptean) and the professional services around SAP EWM and SAP SCM. Now, there will no longer be the reason for the 'Will the right SAP WMS product please stand up!' mantra." — P.J. Jakovljevic, Principal TEC Analyst
TEC blog post (Apr 2012): A “Tell All” Chat with SAP’s SCM Product Marketing Team

Red Hat acquires BPM Technology from Polymita
Industry tags: platform/infrastructure, FOSS, BPM, cross-industry
"Red Hat is asserting itself as an almost complete open-source stack of choice for both cloud and on-premise environments. This BPM acquisition follows on the steps of the recent Fusesource acquisition in the enterprise service bus (ESB) space. Independent software vendors (ISVs) in the enterprise apps space should give JBoss a serious look as an app server and middleware option, especially if they are Java shops. Given Red Hat’s much bigger size in comparison to its open-source peers, it will be interesting to watch whether Red Hat will turn into an 'evil empire' in this space." — P.J. Jakovljevic, Principal TEC Analyst
Profile: Polymita profile
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