TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of May 28th, 2012

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Oklahoma’s Department of Human Services selects WebFOCUS
Industry tags: cross-industry
"To solve its reporting requirements, Oklahoma DHS has selected Information Builders’ WebFOCUS business intelligence platform. With massive reporting requirements, the state government institution will rely on (among other things) a reporting application for child support services and a compliance reporting system for its child welfare department. The reporting solution will be used by an estimated 6,000 users or more, and it's a clear case of BI being put to good use."—Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

Peugeot Netherlands selects QlikView's Business Discovery Platform
Industry tags: cross-industry
"By using QlikView's proof-of-concept method (i.e., "seeing is believing,"), QlikView partner OnLine Zuid was able to enable Peugeot Netherlands to view, experiment with, and ultimately select QlikView Business Discovery Platform for data analysis related to Peugeot's vehicles and parts. QlikView continues to increase its global presence within large corporations."—Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst


IFS launches IFS Applications 8
Industry tags: manufacturing
"This new release aims to help manufacturers draw revenues from post-sales activities, such as maintenance—in fact, a new module has been created just for this: the Component MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operations). Another new feature is Prototype Manufacturing, which can be used to redesign products. New functionality for configure-to-order is also provided, and shop floor functionality is enhanced with Shop Floor Reporting and Shop Floor Worker Cockpit (for electronic shop orders).  Overall, the aim of the new version is to offer functionality for the entire lifecycle of the product, but it remains to be seen if they will offer tighter integration with PLM vendors for design and product development."—TEC Research Analyst Gabriel Gheorghiu

ADP launches new talent management offerings
Industry tags: cross-industry
"ADP already had an offering for talent management, but the new solutions brings various products together into a single suite that has modules for Talent Acquisition, Performance Management, Compensation Management, Succession Management, and Learning Management, while also integrating with ADP Payroll and ADP HCM solutions. Since ADP already offers Vantage HCM (which includes talent management and payroll services), it’s not yet clear how ADP will position the two products."—TEC Research Analyst Gabriel Gheorghiu

Salesforce Chatter to provide IM, screen sharing
Industry tags: cross-industry
"While Salesforce Chatter has been an impressive social platform for an enterprise, I’ve long pointed out its lack of real-time presence detection, instant messaging (IM), screen sharing, and other unified communication (UC) capabilities. Salesforce.com is delivering IM capabilities now based on the DimDim acquisition in early 2011, which should further bolster Chatter’s adoption rates. It will be interesting to see what salesforce.com plans to do for voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) and video capabilities in order to compete with solutions such as Microsoft Lync and Saba Social Cloud."—Principal TEC Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic

xTuple launches Mobile Web app
Industry tags: manufacturing
"The Mobile Web app works with the existing xTuple database server and is written in 100 percent JavaScript, and making use of open source HTML5 technologies. The app currently runs in any modern browser on Apple iPads and Macs, Android tablets, Windows tablets and desktops, and Linux desktops. The Mobile Web app will complement (not replace) the traditional xTuple Desktop client. Users will be able to work on both applications simultaneously on the same database, and the entire application is available with the same code base. For version 4.0, the functionality in the Mobile Web app begins with CRM (the full module) as well as the Accounts Receivable portion of the accounting module (now called Billing)."—Principal TEC Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic

Active Endpoints launches free meeting follow-up wizard
Industry tags: cross-industry
"Cloud Extend is a concrete cloud business process management (BPM) application, built on Active Endpoints' BPMS, ActiveVOS, which aims to easily automate mundane sales, marketing, and customer service processes—and ensure best practices are followed by everyone on the team, from the newest employee to the most seasoned sales executive. Cloud Extend is available on the salesforce.com AppExchange; its pricing depends on a few factors, and has not been made publicly available. The current number of Cloud Extend users is not public at this time either. But Active Endpoints claims to have some incredible success stories in development (here's one that is available). The free meeting follow-up wizard is built with Cloud Extend for Salesforce. The wizard improves sales effectiveness by simplifying and automating the entry of meeting notes, capturing new contacts and opportunities, and creating follow-up tasks."—Principal TEC Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic

Xactly Express launches new iPad and data integration capabilities
Industry tags: cross-industry
"This was one of the major announcements at Xactly’s recently held CompCloud 2012 event. CompCloud 2011 was the vendor’s inaugural user conference with more than 250 customers and partners. Other announcements included a new version of Xactly Incent and the launch of Incent for the iPad. In addition, Xactly announced a new version of Xactly Express that features an enhanced iPad application, and introduced Xactly Connect—direct data integration enabled by partners Informatica, salesforce.com, and Scribe Software, given that sales compensations are related to many more functional areas in enterprises (e.g., accounting, SFA, CPQ/Q2O, marketing automation, etc.)."—Principal TEC Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic

TradeStone Software partners with MicroStrategy to introduce TradeStone Business Intelligence
Industry tags: fashion, retail
"At the time of publication of my recent TradeStone article, this strategic partnership for BI analytics and reporting was in the works, but not yet finalized. TradeStone is in the process of announcing a number of new alliances, including for planning and price optimization, and is always open to partnering with other strategic retail leaders. Look for what the vendor will do with regard to retail's "big data” capabilities."—Principal TEC Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic

Descartes partners with SAP to provide integration of Global Logistics Network (GLN) with SAP NetWeaver
Industry tags: cross-industry
"Although SAP TM 8.0 is believed to be on par with its best-of-breed competing solutions, logistics is a multi-party endeavor, and this partnership should help logistics-intensive businesses work together more efficiently and effectively. Descartes customers are more often carriers and freight forwarders than end-users of transportation, which is more the case with SAP TM. Through integration with GLN, SAP customers can receive the critical and timely logistics information needed from carriers, logistics services providers, customs house brokers, regulatory agencies, and other trading partners to gain greater visibility into their supply chain operations. As part of Descartes Logistics Technology Platform, the GLN powers the world's largest multi-modal messaging community. With over 35,000 connected parties in 160 countries, the GLN, through integration with SAP NetWeaver, helps users gain greater value from their solutions."—Principal TEC Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic

SAP launches Urban Matters initiative
Industry tags: cross-industry
"Addressing key aspects of urbanization (e.g., supporting the fundamentals of good government, empowering public officials to be more productive, increasing community engagement and openness, driving innovation around government service delivery, and improving urban resilience to help ensure public safety and security), SAP’s Urban Matters initiative aims to help public sector organizations address issues related to urbanization. SAP is looking to consolidate its already strong presence in the public sector by providing improved initiatives especially created for them. It'll be interesting how similar initiatives such as Smarter City from IBM are working in terms of giving public institutions more applications and initiatives tailored to their needs."—Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

Amazon RDS announces Oracle Enterprise Management support
Industry tags: cross-industry
"Amazon users will now have the possibility to manage their instance of Oracle using Oracle Enterprise Management 11g within Amazon RDS for Oracle. The availability of OEM will be free of charge for new and existing users of Amazon RDS for Oracle. The cloud continues to expand services and platforms."—Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst
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