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TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of July 23, 2012

Written By: TEC Staff
Published On: July 26 2012

SOFTWARE SELECTIONS & IMPLEMENTATIONS

Seaspan selects IFS Applications to support its shipbuilding projects
Industry tags: manufacturing
“Seaspan is an association of companies primarily involved in multiple sea transportation businesses. Many such activities are project-based, which is IFS’ focus. No wonder that IFS was selected to provide an ERP system for Seaspan’s shipbuilding and repair facilities. Plus, it has a long track record of projects in the same industry, which is definitely a point in the vendor’s favor. Seaspan has also specifically mentioned that integration with its existing CAD system was a very important factor.” — Aleksey Osintsev, TEC Research Analyst

GIS Federal chooses Deltek First GovCon Essentials
Industry tags: US government contractors (GovCon)
“This win is yet another proof that Deltek really has hardly any competition in this space. Deltek is differentiated by its deep GovCon functionality that hardly anyone can match combined with an easy-to-implement, easy-to-use software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery model. The vendor is reportedly selling its Deltek First GovCon Essentials solution like gangbusters since it was introduced at the Insight 2011 conference. Well over 200 customers have already purchased the solution in a little more than a year. It’s been quite a success story and validates Deltek’s move to the SaaS model.” — P.J. Jakovljevic, TEC Principal Analyst

BevMo! adopts Revionics price and promotion optimization solutions
Industry tags: retail
“Since price and promotion optimization is a transformation project having significant impact on revenue and margins, prospective customers look at a variety of options to ensure they make the best choice. They look at best-of-breed companies such as Revionics and DemandTec (now part of IBM) that offer a comprehensive cycle pricing solution, as well as at many larger vendors (e.g., SAS, SAP, Oracle, JDA, etc.) with multiple point products. Revionics was the solution of choice for BevMo!, a wine, spirits, beer, gourmet food superstore, because its pricing science is sophisticated and usable (i.e., transparency into recommendations, speed to insights and recommendations, etc.), and it supports standards such as Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS), a division of the National Retail Federation (NRF). BevMo! was also attracted by the value of cloud-based solutions and how this approach maximizes its agility, time-to-ROI, and future-proofs them.” — P.J. Jakovljevic, TEC Principal Analyst

Australian government department moves to cloud ERP with SAP
Industry tags: public administration, defense
“It’s an interesting endeavor since this move by the New South State Government’s Trade and Investment Department is one of the first instances in the Australian public sector of implementing cloud-based ERP. This project is also crucial for SAP, which claims it as a largest Business ByDesign win globally. I believe many will keep a close eye on this project as it’s a landmark project for SAP Business ByDesign—its potential large clients may be willing to adopt a SaaS model but require more proven success stories.” — Aleksey Osintsev, TEC Research Analyst

jcpenney selects Oracle to support business transformation
Industry tags: retail
“This is an expansion of jcpenney’s existing Oracle deployment, which includes Oracle Database, Oracle Applications, and Oracle Fusion Middleware (OFM). The renowned department store will turn to Oracle for one-stop shopping (and perhaps some volume discounts), and now use Oracle Retail Systems to streamline and improve merchandising, planning, commerce, and store operations.” — P.J. Jakovljevic, TEC Principal Analyst


CERTIFICATIONS & PARTNERSHIPS


Infor10 Corporate Performance Management Certified by BDO as International Financial Reporting Standards Compliant
Industry tags: business performance, financials
“BDO, the fifth largest network of public accounting firms in the world, has certified Infor10 Corporate Performance Management (CPM) as an International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)–compliant product after conducting an extensive and specific audit of Infor10 CPM’s IFRS capabilities. With this certification Infor’s customers can rely on Infor10 CPM to deliver enhanced international reporting services across multiple countries.” — Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

QlikTech joins Google Cloud Platform Partner Program
Industry tags: cloud computing, business intelligence, business analytics
“QlikTech has just announced that it has joined the Google Cloud Platform Partner Program. With this new partnership, QlikTech will allow customers and partners to build solutions that take advantage of the computing power and scalability of Google Cloud Platform. QlikTech has developed an app that can analyze millions of rows taking advantage of BigQuery, Google’s big data solution. This has been a year of cloud adoption for business intelligence and business analytics solutions.” — Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

Integware joins the Aras Partner Program
Industry tags: life sciences/medical devices
“Integware is now a Dassault Systèmes partner, a Siemens PLM partner, and an Aras partner, but the company is a system integrator (SI) in Aras’ partner program (i.e., they do deployments). Aras has flexible and inherent integration capabilities as well as federation capabilities, which is rare to find in the realm of PLM and ERP.” — P.J. Jakovljevic, TEC Principal Analyst


SOFTWARE LAUNCHES & DEVELOPMENTS


Oracle unveils Oracle RightNow CX Cloud Service combined with Oracle Fusion Sales
Industry tags: cross-industry
“Oracle acquired RightNow in 2011 to enhance its customer experience offering, and everyone in the industry has been wondering how it will work with other Oracle CRM solutions ever since. A major milestone seems to have been reached with the recent announcement of a combined offering that brings together RightNow CX and Oracle Fusion Sales (initially released as cloud apps for SMBs, now positioned as cloud application services). The integration between the two solutions combines functionality for sales and customer experience, which should make everyone involved in CRM work together more efficiently. Even though the two solutions are now sold together, it’s not clear how tight the integration between them actually is from an IT and end user perspective.” — Gabriel Gheorghiu, TEC Research Analyst

Rogers Communications and SAP to develop packaged enterprise mobile applications
Industry tags: mobility, communications
“SAP and Rogers are partnering to develop new enterprise mobile applications using SAP’s mobile platform and making it available via Rogers’ branded mobility services, simplifying the way organizations manage their workforce. Rogers plans to manage hosting services and provide connectivity to SAP solutions, including enterprise mobile applications as well as mobile application development and device management. A logical step, joining mobile apps and the carrier service into a single offering. It will be interesting to know the cost and service options associated with the offering.” — Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

Meridian Systems releases Prolog 9.5 Software for construction project management
Industry tags: construction
“Meridian Systems has a well-established position in the business software market for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) and infrastructure lifecycle management (ILM). The new version of its flagship product Prolog brings enhanced visibility into project management performance, new workflow features, and building information modeling (BIM) functionality for easier collaboration between project stakeholders. Even though it’s not a PLM or CAD vendor, Meridian’s focus on BIM is part of a larger trend of acquisitions (e.g., Autodesk acquiring Vela Systems), partnerships, and new releases that aim to better serve the AEC and ILM companies.” — Gabriel Gheorghiu, TEC Research Analyst

SmartOps announces availability of SmartOps Analytics and Intelligence Module (AIM)
Industry tags: consumer products, discrete manufacturing, chemicals, life sciences, distribution, high technology
“Most supply chain environments are data rich, but information and analysis poor. SmartOps AIM aims to mitigate that situation. The AIM business intelligence (BI) solutions are largely meant to be add-ons to SmartOps’ existing multi-echelon inventory optimization (MEIO) product set in either on-premise or hosted deployments. In the lab, the vendor is reportedly working on next-generation analytic products that leverage its brand new cloud platform as well as some of SAP’s latest thinking on predictive analytics. The vendor’s plan for architectural evolution from its current product set to the next generation is to operate a hybrid cloud in the interim.” — P.J. Jakovljevic, TEC Principal Analyst


MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS


Oracle buys assets of Skire
Industry tags: capital management
“Although it’s not fully clear what “substantially all of the assets of Skire” means, the overall idea of the revealed deal is straightforward—Oracle intends to add capital program management and facilities management functionality to its Primavera P6 offering. This will allow it to compete with a full, rounded solution for certain types of project-based vertical industries, especially in engineering, construction, and building maintenance. This will undoubtedly benefit the vendor and its Primavera clients.” — Aleksey Osintsev, TEC Research Analyst
 
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