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Infor LN ERP Gets Open Source and Cloud Underpinnings
At the recent Red Hat Summit 2014, Infor announced a joint collaboration with Red Hat, a leading provider of open source solutions, and EnterpriseDB, a

feature syteline  also for its auto-scaling feature, i.e., pay for what you use), but also of open source platforms by Red Hat and EnterpriseDB. Infor is also working on leveraging MongoDB for its forays into big data.   Infor LN is one of the next-gen core ERP solutions, along with M3, SyteLine , and S3 , selected for the recently unveiled industry-specific CloudSuites (which will also contain Infor Ming.le , ION , mobile, and other necessary industry point solutions such as for product lifecycle management [PLM],

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ERP for Manufacturing (SMB)

TEC's new ERP for Manufacturing (SMB) evaluation model targets the software requirements of small and medium enterprises. If your organization doesn't have many sites to operate, seeks a solid base of ERP functionality, but doesn't want every possible feature of the biggest systems on the market, this model is a good starting place for your research. It covers fully featured accounting solutions with necessary manufacturing, inventory, human resources, purchasing, quality, and sales management functionality. 

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The Change of Guard at Plex Systems


Given that in mid-2012 Plex Systems, the first software company to build a full-fledged cloud-based manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, was sold by Apax Partners to Francisco Partners and Accel Partners, it was not too surprising to hear about the early 2013 appointment of technology industry veteran Jason Blessing as the company’s chief executive officer (CEO). Such

feature syteline  not necessarily be a feature issue with MES. Two common issues are familiarity with the apps that are specific to each distributed control system (DCS) and amount of code in the DCS or equipment that relies on the legacy DCS naming conventions. The cost to map every possible local value back to the global MES is complex. It is often easier to map to OSISoft PI ( Plant Information ) data back to global values for BI/reporting purposes. Another issue is that MES/DCS products and field teams seem to be Read More

Not Yet Sold on SaaS ERP in Manufacturing? Take a Hard Look at Plex Online - Part 1


The software as a service (SaaS) model is now mainstream in many functional areas of business, quite outperforming its on-premise counterpart in this tough economic environment. Consider customer relationship management (CRM), transportation management, talent management, payroll processing, travel and expense (T@E) management, strategic sourcing and procurement, and many

feature syteline  functional fit and comprehensive feature set (especially in terms of quality, traceability, and costing). In other words, the functional fit (the “shop floor DNA”) is so compelling for these manufacturers that the deployment model (within or outside the  firewall ) is no longer an issue. The other group consists of the early adopter customers that insist on SaaS and are willing to work with Plex to make its product a fit to support their differentiating strategy of outperforming status quo. These Read More

Ambitious Plans and Promises: An Enterprise Software Provider Keeps Its Word


With its numerous new software license sales, new product deliveries, and its dedication to complicated technological rejuvenation (namely, an ambitious open service-oriented architecture strategy), Infor's position and image in the market these days are at an all-time high.

feature syteline  example is Infor's first feature pack release of the former Workbrain human capital management (HCM) solution, now rebranded as Infor HCM Workforce Management . The extend part of the strategy refers to the extending of the footprint and Open Applications Group Interoperability Standards ( OAGIS )–based interoperability within Infor's portfolio of applications, in order to meet the growing complexity of global supply chains. Customers will receive ongoing SOA-based integrations, enabling them to Read More

Analyzing MAPICS' Further Steps After Frontstep Part Three: Market Impact


Much has changed, while much has remained the same at MAPICS during 2003. With the February finalization of the Frontstep acquisition, MAPICS has become quite a large enterprise applications provider, which positions the vendor near (if not at) the top among vendors that focus on the mid-size discrete manufacturing market.

feature syteline  7.03 release that will feature the generic financial interface, and the updated Planner module based on additional APS capabilities, an update to core SyteLine for additional planning parameters, workflow security and data management enhancements, international enhancements, several new reports and report enhancements, complete FASB 52 compliance, and improved upgrade and custom code management, should hit China, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand in late 2003 (and still works for the US, UK, Read More

SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 Release Feature Pack 3 Now Available


SAP has recently unveiled new analytics features for some of its business intelligence (BI) portfolios that are aimed at enhancing access to and manipulation of big data. The feature pack 3.0 for the 4.0 solution release of SAP BusinessObjects includes SAP BusinessObjects BI [Evaluate] and SAP BusinessObjects BI Edge edition [Evaluate]. The release includes enhancements in what SAP

feature syteline  BusinessObjects 4.0 Release Feature Pack 3 Now Available SAP has recently unveiled new analytics features for some of its business intelligence (BI) portfolios that are aimed at enhancing access to and manipulation of big data. The feature pack 3.0 for the 4.0 solution release of SAP BusinessObjects includes SAP BusinessObjects BI [ Evaluate ] and SAP BusinessObjects BI Edge edition [ Evaluate ]. The release includes enhancements in what SAP calls its five pillars for business analytics: core BI, Read More

Oracle Database 11g Product Family


This white paper provides an overview of the various feature sets available within the Oracle Database family of products. Built using a reliable database architecture, these products provide the necessary foundation to successfully deliver more information with higher quality of service and efficiently manage change within the environment to deliver better value.

feature syteline  overview of the various feature sets available within the Oracle Database family of products. Built using a reliable database architecture, these products provide the necessary foundation to successfully deliver more information with higher quality of service and efficiently manage change within the environment to deliver better value. Read More

ERP Showdown-Round 2! Exact Macola ES vs. Infor SyteLine vs. QAD MFG/PRO


I'm Dylan Persaud, senior analyst at Technology Evaluation Centers. Due to the overwhelming response to our first ERP Showdown, we're pleased to present another head-to-head discrete enterprise resource planning (ERP) comparison. Here, then, is ERP Showdown, Round 2!—featuring Exact Macola ES vs. Infor SyteLine vs. QAD MFG/PRO.

feature syteline  Showdown-Round 2! Exact Macola ES vs. Infor SyteLine vs. QAD MFG/PRO Back by popular demand: ERP Showdown—Round 2! Exact Macola ES vs. Infor SyteLine vs. QAD MFG/PRO I'm Dylan Persaud , senior analyst at Technology Evaluation Centers. Due to the overwhelming response to our first ERP Showdown, we're pleased to present another head-to-head discrete enterprise resource planning (ERP) comparison. Here, then, is ERP Showdown, Round 2! —featuring Exact Macola ES vs. Infor SyteLine vs. QAD MFG/PRO. We Read More

The Devil’s in the Details (Based on a True Story)




feature syteline  order to make this feature (which they’d paid extra for) work. This was midway through day two—25% of the way into the deployment—and the client would have to find additional budget, or that feature was out. This situation had several (unsurprising) effects: Tens of thousands of extra dollars for a new database version and license were not budgeted for but had to be spent. The implementation, which was already on a very tight five-day schedule, fell behind. All of a sudden the project was way out Read More

Reports of SAP ByDesign’s Demise Greatly Exaggerated


SAP announced the latest release of its midmarket cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite, SAP Business ByDesign. Along with a number of feature and function updates, the latest version extends ByDesign by leveraging SAP HANA, mobile, and cloud technologies. The announcement shows that SAP is committed to support ByDesign and is moving the product aggressively to full enablement in the SAP Cloud.

feature syteline  with a number of feature and function updates, the latest version extends ByDesign by leveraging SAP HANA, mobile, and cloud technologies. The announcement shows that SAP is committed to support ByDesign and is moving the product aggressively to full enablement in the SAP Cloud.   The announcement comes on the heels of a flurry of recent announcements by competing software vendors claiming that SAP was all but abandoning the ByDesign product. The announcements looked like TV infomercials for the latest Read More

It’s About Process (or the Ability to be Responsive) -- Part III


Part II of this blog series continued the introduction of the concepts of workflow automation and business process management (BPM). It also zoomed in on similarities and subtle differences between the two related software categories. Finally, the idea of on-demand workflow and/or BPM solutions was introduced. To that end, Webcom Inc. has leveraged its vast expertise earned while addressing

feature syteline  approvals, special non-standard product feature request approvals, etc.) and has created a brand new workflow engine, which can be (and is already) used for many generic business processes. Such examples of processes would be: RMA (Return Material/Merchandize Authorization) , NFR (New Feature Request), ECN (Engineering Change Notice), NPR (New Product Release), Bug Tracking, Engineering Change Request , and many other business processes that require approval steps. The Ability to Respond, On-demand In Read More

IBM Unveils IBM Watson Engagement Advisor


IBM has announced that IBM Watson will be put to work towards improving customer satisfaction, as part of its Smarter Commerce initiative. The artificially intelligent computer is well known for its ability to win Jeopardy and for its advances in assisting medical institutions. More recently, IBM has decided to exploit Watson for its capacity to learn, adapt, and understand a company's data

feature syteline  usze the Ask Watson feature to gather the necessary information to address customers' questions, offer feedback to guide their purchase decisions, and troubleshoot their problems. In addition, the Ask Watson feature can be used for customer self-service options, as it can greet and assist customers via various channels. Watson's capabilities to understand human language, interpret human questions in a manner that is similar to human thinking, continuously learn from interactions, and crunch Read More

Symix Sytems: Shifting SME's Focus to Their Customers


Symix is regarded as the originator of the extended ERP concept (CSRP), which has proven to be so attractive to mid-market enterprises that two other leading mid-market vendors entered into specific R&D and licensing agreements with Symix to gain access to its SyteAPS. Despite a highly competitive environment, we predict that Symix Systems will reach $250 million in revenues within the next 3 years, based on attractiveness of its product for discrete manufacturing and distribution within Small-to-Medium Enterprises (SME).

feature syteline  committed to new product features and the introduction of additional enhancements (See Vendor Challenges) and to enhancing Business Intelligence offerings, possibly through strategic product alliances with competitors. User Recommendations We generally recommend including Symix Systems in a long list of an enterprise application selection for mid-market companies (with $30M-$500M in revenue), based on its broad product portfolio and understanding of its target markets' needs. Symix should be included on Read More

DeltaValve Deploys Infor PLM Discrete


Infor today announced that DeltaValve has implemented Infor PLM Discrete, adding to DeltaValve's existing deployment of Infor SyteLine ERP system.  In the discrete product lifecycle management space (PLM) space, Infor is not necessarily a best-of-breed stand-alone solution. In fact, it's quite late to the pure-play PLM party (as opposed to the differentiating capabilities it offers in the

feature syteline  Deploys Infor PLM Discrete Infor today announced that DeltaValve has implemented Infor PLM Discrete, adding to DeltaValve's existing deployment of Infor SyteLine ERP system.  In the discrete product lifecycle management space (PLM) space, Infor is not necessarily a best-of-breed stand-alone solution. In fact, it's quite late to the pure-play PLM party (as opposed to the differentiating capabilities it offers in the process PLM space with Optiva PLM). Still, Infor has a great opportunity within Read More

Your CRM Selection Challenge: CDC Pivotal CRM vs. NetSuite CRM+


Every now and then, I’ll examine the data from TEC’s past software selection projects, and explore the choices users have made. The information below is based on a real-life CRM selection project, but I have modified some of the data in order to respect confidentiality agreements still in place. To put myself in the user’s shoes, here’s how I answered the CRM Evaluation Center

feature syteline  Pivotal CRM from a feature and functionality perspective? You’ll have to play around with the CRM Evaluation Center to figure it out. You can tell the system which functionality areas are critical, less important, or not important to you. The system then compares your priorities against the vendor RFI responses, and ranks the vendor solutions on how well they match your requirements. Some tips on how to use the system: • The Prioritize Needs section lets you set your detailed requirements. • The Read More