TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of May 7th, 2012

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Los Angeles County selects SAS to provide analytics services and applications
Industry tags: BI/business analytics
"Los Angeles County will use SAS predictive analytics and data mining solutions as well as SAS BI solutions to fight organized fraud within the Department of Public and Social Services. Uncovering more than 200 probable fraud cases = BI and business analytics at their best."—Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

Executive recruitment firm Green Park selects Cézanne OnDemand HR software
Industry tags: HR; cross-industry
"For large organizations that need to get a handle on their employee absences and streamline the management process, Cézanne provides a robust solution via its OnDemand platform."—Sherry Fox, TEC HCM Analyst

Global logistics provider Panalpina selects RedPrairie Supply Chain Suite
Industry tags: Logistics
"The scalability of RedPrairie's offering makes it a key player for third-party logistics providers that operate in a multi-modal environment while providing added services to their customers. By engaging with a full platform, Panalpina will be able to significantly reduce the hurdles of data transfer between integrated systems."— Philippe Reney, TEC SCM Analyst

British retailer B&Q goes live with SAP Forecasting and Replenishment
Industry tags: Retail
"This an excellent case of MRP only taking you so far when it comes to managing inventory levels. Having the right inventory at the right time and at the right place is key for any businesses, but it's far more difficult within a fluctuating environment such as retail. You can significantly aid your inventory planners by adding a layer of forecasting capabilities that reduce decision times as they optimize inventory distribution."—Philippe Reney, TEC SCM Analyst


Epicor releases new version of Epicor ERP
Industry tags: cross-industry
"At its annual user conference, Epicor announced the availability of its new Epicor ERP system. In response to customer feedback, the vendor enhanced functionality with over 300 new features, and significantly improved software performance, resulting in improved response time and overall system speed. For now it is still unclear whether the new release will be branded differently than its previous incarnation."—TEC Research Analyst Aleksey Osintsev.

CDC Software launches Ross 7.0 ERP Suite
Industry tags: ERP, process manufacturing
"Ross ERP probably has the broadest process manufacturing feature set on the market: it checks almost every box in an process ERP RFI document (e.g., built-in trade promotions, chargebacks, reasonable WMS capability with barcoding, quality management, etc.). But the product’s legacy Gembase 4GL underlying platform has been a liability, hence so many Microsoft-centric technology uplifts in Ross 7.0.

Ross ERP fits well into the food, chemicals, and pharma (life sciences) space. Other process industries (of sorts) like paper or metal cutting centers (so-called material converters), which require either a serial number or dimensional inventory control, have not been a good fit."—P.J. Jakovljevic, Principal TEC Analyst

Kenandy, Inc. launches cloud ERP software for product companies
Industry tags: ERP
"During salesforce.com’s Cloudforce event in Chicago, Kenandy, Inc. announced release 2.0 of Kenandy Social ERP, the first cloud-based ERP system built entirely on Force.com, salesforce.com’s social enterprise cloud computing platform. The new release adds financials and order management to Kenandy’s manufacturing management core, specifically for product companies.

My reaction to Kenandy is: welcome to the game! Building a full-featured ERP system from the ground up is incredibly time-consuming and resource-intensive, even if you’re doing it on a platform with good development tools. If anyone can do it, though, it should be Sandy Kurtzig—by all accounts she is a force to be reckoned with."—P.J. Jakovljevic, Principal TEC Analyst

WorkForce Software launches EmpCenter 9
Industry tags: HR, cross-industry
"Workforce has added some significant new features to its time and attendance, absence management, and fatigue management solutions, including enhanced mobile capabilities and event-based scheduling."—Sherry Fox, TEC HCM Analyst

Siemens launches Tecnomatix 10.1
Industry tags: PLM
"At its PLM Connections user conference in Las Vegas, Siemens PLM announced the latest version of its digital manufacturing solution Tecnomatix. The new version brings enhanced productivity tools for manufacturing planning in Teamcenter PLM, new features for assembly planning and valuation, robotics and automation planning, quality management, and part planning and validation. Tecnomatix is Siemens' solution for manufacturing process management, and these enhancements, along with the new release of Teamcenter 9.1 and the existing MES solution SIMATIC IT, shows Siemens' ambition to cover more and more of the manufacturing management functionality not traditionally included in ERP systems."—Gabriel Gheorghiu, TEC ERP Analyst

Oracle releases new Business Accelerators for Oracle BI Applications
Industry tags: BI/business analytics
"Oracle has just released a set of rapid implementation tools called Oracle Business Accelerators, which will enable Oracle's customers to rapidly deploy BI applications with pre-built functionalities, and complete BI feature sets. These Business Accelerators will be available for deployment in both Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne."—Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

Oracle PartnerWork to launch OPN Specialization for Oracle Spatial
Industry tags: BI/business analytics/location intelligence
"During the upcoming Location Intelligence and Oracle Spatial User Conference 2012, Oracle will launch the Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialization for Oracle Spatial. By promoting specialized status for partners with expertise in Oracle Spatial features, the vendor intends to promote adoption of Oracle's geo-location features within Oracle’s Database 11g Enterprise Edition, as well as helping partners to differentiate themselves by providing such types of  advanced services."—Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

SAP announces availability of new collaborative process modeling tool
Industry tags: Business process management
"SAP has just announced the availability of a process modeling tool as part of SAP's StreamWork product. The new functionality will enable users to collaborate in real-time for modeling business processes using an entirely Web-based environment, along with all the current features already offered by StreamWork (discussion tracking, document attachment, etc.) and with support for the Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) standard."—Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

Kalido and Teradata announce joint solution for data warehouse deployment
Industry tags: data warehouse
"Teradata and Kalido will deliver a pre-packaged solution that, according to both companies, will make it possible for organizations to deploy a data warehouse in 90 days or less. With the combination of the Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance and Kalido's Information Engine, users will be able to accelerate data warehouse deployment as well as take advantage of advanced analytics capabilities."—Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

Kentico integrates its Enterprise Marketing Solution (EMS) with Salesforce.com
Industry tags: cross-industry
"Kentico's Web content management system EMS has a new connector that enables clients to improve the information they have about their prospects. The Kentico system already provides a fair number of built-in features for determining information about Web site visitors' interests. These are based on a scoring system of a person’s activities on a Web site. Using this system, a company can now improve its understanding of potential clients and what they'd like by connecting with the contact information stored in a Salesforce.com account. It makes sense to get a more complete picture of your customers by connecting information about their experience on your Web site with the customer relationship management (CRM) system you use. Kentico has made this new connector available for clients of its current version, but the company plans to include it with its upcoming version 7 release."—Josh Chalifour, TEC's Director of Knowledge Services

MODX releases update of its WCM Platform
Industry tags: cross-industry
"MODX recently released version 2.2.2 of its open source Revolution platform for Web content management (WCM). Much of this release centers around performance improvements and various usability enhancements. The system has improved methods for creating users and groups. Although this is a point release, it follows not long after some of the bigger changes of the 2.2 release, which included the ability to use media from any source rather than just the local file system. While MODX orients its system as a WCM platform, the newest releases provide certain pre-made article and blogging components that should make publishing these common types of content easier."—Josh Chalifour, TEC's Director of Knowledge Services

Hannon Hill releases new version of its content management system
Industry tags: cross-industry
"Hannon Hill has announced the latest version of its content management system, Cascade Server. This release focuses on portability, improved usability, and modules that add functionality as needed. Hannon Hill used an interactive process to gather votes from its clients for the most desired features and improvements. The vendor stated that the new release satisfies over 400 votes. It's a positive sign to see such product development direction based on the shared feedback of the company’s clients."—Josh Chalifour, TEC's Director of Knowledge Services

SumTotal partners with vendor Training Orchestra to provide solution for government training compliance
Industry tags: learning management; cross-industry
"SumTotal's new Total Regulation solution is one of the first of its kind, and will assist companies in complying with the various education planning and reporting capabilities mandated by governments worldwide."—Sherry Fox, TEC HCM Analyst

Exact Macola launches Exact Navigator workspace
Industry tags: ERP, discrete manufacturing, distribution
"Exact Macola’s reaffirmation in the North American market was recently bolstered with Exact Navigator. The modern and snazzy UI brings together workspace functionality that provides users with their own personalized dashboards, menus, annotations, external Web applications, and reports (including financial, operational, and exception). The idea is to help users drive business productivity (time to action), as the Navigator workspace is now the single location from which users can conduct all activity, simplifying every job function's day-to-day tasks and processes. Needless to say, actions are configurable by users and their roles.

Exact Navigator is based on Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and Exact's  Synergy collaboration platform. Technical preconditions for Macola users to deploy Navigator are the latest releases of Macola ES, Synergy Enterprise, and SQL Server 2008 R2 (and newer). In addition to updating the UI for Macola users and speeding time to action, Navigator fosters automated and consistent processes, and will be the mobility foundation for future work at Exact in that regard."—P.J. Jakovljevic, Principal TEC Analyst

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Amazon to support Windows Developers
Industry tags: Cloud computing/software development
"Amazon RDS for SQL Server and .NET support for AWS Elastic Beanstalk are Amazon’s latest effort to enable users to deploy SQL Server databases as well as ASP .NET applications within Amazon’s AWS. Using Microsoft’s familiar development tools, developers will be able to deploy, manage, and scale complete Windows-based applications using Amazon’s infrastructure, thus bringing the benefits of Amazon to SQL Server database customers. Additionally, along with other commercial options, with a "free usage" tier, new users can start using Amazon RDS for SQL Server, which includes 750 hours per month using RDS micro-instances with SQL Express Edition."—Jorge García, TEC BI Analyst

IBM introduces new foundation for mobile computing
Industry tags: cross-industry mobility infrastructure
"It was only a matter of time before IBM joined the mobility bandwagon in earnest. For a long time, IBM mobility was mainly the choice of Lotus users, and IBM has not had packaged mobile applications bundled with its mobility platform. Thus, more often than not, SAP (including Sybase and Syclo), Pyxis Mobile, RIM, and others would offer their platforms and apps to IBM users. Needless to say, Microsoft, Apple, and Antenna would be other players in the market with more visibility than IBM. It appears that the situation might change down the track, based on IBM's acquisitions of late, most notably Worklight, BigFix, and Cast Iron."—P.J. Jakovljevic, Principal TEC Analyst

GT Nexus and Kinaxis launch strategic partnership
Industry tags: SCM, hi-tech, A&D, industrial equipment
"As I pointed out in my recent articles on Kinaxis, the upbeat vendor is kicking on all cylinders, but room for improvement remains in terms of strategic partnerships and its overall ecosystem. This alliance is a move to choose a partner with whom Kinaxis can offer a clear joint value proposition to prospects because of the complementary nature of their solutions. From a functional perspective, there is no overlap between Kinaxis capabilities and those of GT Nexus. From a technical perspective, GT Nexus provides greater connectivity than is available in Kinaxis RapidResponse today, filling the gap for which Kinaxis had originally considered partnering with E2open (which has lately outlined a strategy to expand into the realm of supply chain execution, and be Kinaxis' competitor of sorts). For its part, SAP has recently gotten some of these capabilities via the Crossgate acquisition.

Kinaxis and GT Nexus already have a few joint customers. The relationship seems to be a good fit, as the two parties call on many of the same industries and customers, but have virtually no overlap in where they address problems across the supply chain. What probably excites the two parties most is an opportunity that a combined Kinaxis-GT Nexus gives business process outsourcers (BPOs) almost all the coverage they would need as a cloud-based technology backbone (and besides, BPOs are looking for the cleanest, lowest-number-of-vendors approach)."—P.J. Jakovljevic, Principal TEC Analyst

Rootstock Software and FinancialForce.com announce partnership to deliver manufacturing and accounting solution on Force.com
Industry tags: ERP, discrete manufacturing
"Also at Cloudforce Chicago, Rootstock Software and FinancialForce.com (a joint venture between UNIT4 and salesforce.com) announced a partnership to deliver a comprehensive manufacturing and accounting solution on Force.com. While this alliance can be seen as a direct response to Kenandy's emergence, it might even have more ramifications for NetSuite, whose SuiteWorld 2012 conference is just a week or so away.

Namely, Rootstock is the software behind NetSuite Manufacturing Edition. In fact, Rootstock was written on NetSuite's SuiteCloud platform, which is more seamless with NetSuite's OneWorld offering than OpenAir (which NetSuite acquired a while back for its professional services customers). For Rootstock to now have a Force.com version as well must be sending some shockwaves through the offices around NetSuite’s CEO Zach Nelson, as the competition between him and salesforce.com's CEO Marc Benioff is legendary (although they are both Oracle alumni)."—P.J. Jakovljevic, Principal TEC Analyst
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