TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of June 25, 2012

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British cosmetics company Badgequo selects Epicor ERP
Industry tags: Manufacturing, distribution
"Aggressively growing cosmetics manufacturer/distributor Badgequo is in need of corporate software to offer single-truth data, eliminate manual data re-entry, and provide full visibility into its extended supply chain. This organization is a real-life example of a small company with less than 30 employees but complex and extended business processes that require reliable and modern ERP software. Among specific functions that Badgequo required was remote access to ERP from any type of mobile device. The company was also very excited about the system’s available-to-deliver and real-time inventory functionality. It’s worth noting that Badgequo will receive a complete set of functional modules that it has never used before but is planning to leverage too, such as HR management, product development workflow, and others."—Aleksey Osintsev, TEC Research Analyst


SAP and Cisco announce partnership to sell SAP IT Process Automation application by Cisco
Industry tags: IT process automation (ITPA), cross-industry
"This is a mutually beneficial endorsement for SAP and Cisco. The choice for IT process automation (ITPA) solutions is vast, in light of providers like Microsoft (former Opalis), BMC Software, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Computer Associates, Redwood Software, ActiveBatch, NetIQ, IBM, Quest Software, UC4 Software, etc. For its part, SAP should be pleased by the endorsed Cisco solution embracing the SAP Solution Manager."—P.J. Jakovljevic, Principal TEC Analyst

Oracle launches Primavera Inspire application for SAP 8.0
Industry tags: Cross-industry
"Oracle’s industry-leading solution for project management, Primavera P6, is now available as a best-of-breed PPM solution for SAP customers using SAP ERP. With this move, Oracle is definitely competing with SAP, which in fact is good for customers, since they how have a choice. Fully integrated PPM solution can be a decent option for organizations that for different reasons have had to use, and therefore support, integration of two independent systems."—Aleksey Osintsev, TEC Research Analyst

Descartes acquires Integrated Export Systems (IES)
Industry tags: international trade logistics (ITL), TMS, cross-industry
"Descartes continues with yet another in its slew of tuck-in acquisitions to address the needs of TMS, ITL, and routing & mobile tracking in the cloud. Painstaking as it is, this is really the only way to master global logistics expertise and deliver solutions that help its customers make and receive shipments. There is still a lot of room for improvement in terms of geographies (knowledge of local carrier and freight forwarder landscape), languages, duty and tax regulations, accounting practices, and even industry languages (vernaculars, data interchange standards, etc.). To that end, IES provides SaaS solutions that help Asian freight forwarders, non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs), and customs brokers manage their businesses."—P.J. Jakovljevic, Principal TEC Analyst

Sage Group buys 75% of Brazil's Folhamatic Group
Industry tags: accounting, tax, payroll, cross-industry
"Sage continues its "glocal" (global provider with a local touch) SMB strategy, and the upbeat Brazilian market has been a gaping hole in the giant’s geographic coverage. It will be interesting to watch how the competition will shake up between Sage, Microsoft Dynamics, SAP, and the domestic leader TOTVS S/A. Sage will also likely try to offer its global solutions to the region, i.e., Sage ERP X3 and SalesLogix CRM."—P.J. Jakovljevic, Principal TEC Analyst

"This acquisition allows the vendor to immediately add more than 11,000 small and medium companies to its client base and to control a significant share of the Brazilian market. It’s not clear yet just how Sage is planning to position both companies' solutions."—Aleksey Osintsev, TEC Research Analyst

Actuate and Pervasive Software partner to provide visualization for big data
Industry tags: cross-industry
"This alliance will enable companies to provide data analysts with applications to rapidly prepare, analyze, and visualize big data, further enhanced by efficient predictive models and capabilities. This partnership is part of the recent trend of software providers combining capabilities and powering their data analysis capabilities specifically for big data."—Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

Microsoft Announces Surface: new family of PCs for Windows
Industry tags: hardware, tablets
"Microsoft will be much more successful with Surface than it was with the ill-fated Kin and Zune offerings in the past. Still, while it will not likely eclipse Apple iPad’s cult-like popularity and adoption, Surface brings a new choice to enterprises (especially with the RIM Blackberry replacement opportunities). Certainly, the unified Windows 8 development platform for desktop PCs, Windows smartphones, and tablets, and the USB drive availability are some advantages over the iPad, but not necessarily over other tablets in the market. On the down side, Surface pricing is yet to be announced, and some observers have questioned how Microsoft manufacturing Surface on its own might affect Microsoft’s current hardware partner ecosystem."—P.J. Jakovljevic, Principal TEC Analyst

Epicor launches latest version of HCM solution at SHRM 2012 Annual Conference
Industry tags: HCM, manufacturing, distribution, retail
"At the recently held Epicor Insights 2012 user conference, the Epicor HCM solution (formerly Spectrum HR) was hailed as a major growth engine and cross-sales opportunity to former Epicor, Activant, and Epicor Retail customers. The latest 5.7 release of Epicor HCM, available this summer, will deliver major functional improvements by setting up a global reporting framework (at the database level rather than on system field level, as done previously) and Web services integration, designed to streamline processes and better manage a diverse workforce. Future releases will focus on more international features as well as on mobility, social, and true multi-tenant cloud capabilities."—P.J. Jakovljevic, Principal TEC Analyst

Oracle releases Oracle Health Sciences Network
Industry tags: Health care
"Health care is of major interest for software providers nowadays. Such is the case for Oracle, which unveiled Oracle Health Sciences Network, a set of cloud-based applications designed to help health care providers collaborate and use health care information more efficiently. Helping health research and centers with their clinical research and development is one of the Health Sciences Network's main tasks. Along with the software offering, Oracle has partnered with health care providers companies to create a secure network that will enable organizations to use information while ensuring security and privacy."—Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

Oracle releases Oracle Retail Customer Analytics
Industry tags: Retail
"Oracle has just announced Oracle Retail Customer Analytics, a BI suite that aims to help retailers understand their customers and their buying decisions. Oracle Retail Customer Analytics will be another member of the Oracle Retail Analytics family. Industry verticalization in BI continues apace."—Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

Infor launches mobile app for hospitality
Industry tags: Hospitality
"Infor10 HMS Hotel Check-In is a new mobile hospitality management application for the Apple iPad. With the goal of increasing operational efficiency, the application will connect the front desk with housekeeping for room assignment and status monitoring in real time. This is a great example of gaining real-time performance using mobile technologies. "—Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

Dassault Systèmes announces V6 release 2013 of 3DEXPERIENCE Platform
Industry tags: aerospace and defense, transportation, marine and offshore, consumer packaged goods
"The Dassault 3DEXPERIENCE platform is a mix of solutions that were either created (e.g., CATIA) or acquired (e.g., Exalead), and aims to increase productivity for product development through collaboration between all enterprise stakeholders.

The new version focuses on industries such as A&D, transportation, marine and offshore, and consumer packaged goods (CPG). From a functional perspective, enhancements are provided for 3DVIA Studio Pro (interactive authoring platform to create visual immersive experiences); 3DVIA Store retail simulation (which now supports cloth shapes for realistic representation of garments); SIMULIA ExSight for simulation with new modeling features for aerospace; and Exaled Cloud view to easier analyze tera- and peta-octets  of data.

Also, a new connector between ENOVIA and SAP is provided, as well as integration of ENOVIA with the International Material Data System for automotive manufacturers. The new version shows Dassault’s commitment to developing its offering beyond traditional PLM, but the one thing still missing in my opinion is strong functionality for crowd-sourced product development, which may not be necessary for industries like aerospace or transportation, but can prove essential for retail and CPG."—Gabriel Gheorghiu, TEC Research Analyst

Solarsoft releases new version of Tropos ERP
Industry tags: Manufacturing
"Tropos 4 ERP includes enhancements to the user interface, performance, extended business processes, as well as a new demand planning application. Many other improvements are related to new technology, such as Web trading, touch screen capabilities, and mobile devices. All this aims to improve customers’ overall experience in managing their businesses, data reliability, and software flexibility."—Aleksey Osintsev, TEC Research Analyst
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