Posts Tagged ‘ERP’

Original Software Tackles ERP Installations and Upgrades

August 13th, 2013

Original Software, a developer of software test utilities for IBM i and other platforms, last week announced the introduction of a new technology that it says will help reduce the amount of time required for an ERP upgrade by 30 percent.
Original calls the new technology Animation, and it does exactly that. It creates animated recordings of a user performing a task in an ERP system. Recording the execution of business processes is useful in the context of ERP upgrades because it allows anybody with a PC to understand the exact functionality at issue.
This animated approach also streamlines the requirements gathering process for developing, testing, training, and supporting complex ERP applications, and reduces the need to have specialized IT experts available whenever a question about ERP functionality comes up.
“Animations are the quickest and clearest way to understand a process because they mimic a user interacting with the application,” Original Software CEO Colin Armitage says in a press release.
Original is selling the Animation technology as part of a larger package that targets Oracle E-Business Suite customers. The package includes a quality management platform, manual testing, test automation, database testing, and a library of pre-defined test cases for Oracle E-Business Suite R12.
In July, Original launched Qualify Web, a new Web browser-based version of its application quality management platform that serves as a repository for test assets, such as test plans and scripts, while also providing workflow for the management of tasks and dashboards for viewing information about project status.
Original says giving this product a Web interface gives all stakeholders in the testing process–including project managers, QA teams, business users, and executives–better visibility into the status of ERP and related activities.


Port Coquitlam Moves to UNIT4 Agresso ERP Software to Streamline City Operations

July 31st, 2013

The City of Port Coquitlam, B.C., has selected UNIT4 Business Software, the North American subsidiary of UNIT4, the global leader in software that supports business change, to provide an agile and flexible enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to streamline its operations.

The implementation of UNIT4 Agresso will first utilize the software’s general ledger, planning, and reporting modules to eliminate inefficiencies created by the realities of the rapidly changing challenges of municipal government. In addition, the city will move critical financial information to the cloud, thereby preventing lock-in due to UNIT4 Business Software’s cloud differentiation around security, portability, upgrade elasticity and disaster recovery capabilities.

“As the City of Port Coquitlam grows and changes, we need business solutions that are flexible enough to allow us to transform the services we provide to our citizens,” said Robin Wishart, Manager of Information Services, City of Port Coquitlam, who finds its older legacy software lacking because its rigid design results in the propagation of numerous spreadsheets. “Agresso is designed to support the city as we conduct business as we see fit and affords us the power to quickly and easily adjust to new circumstances as they arise.”

UNIT4 Business Software’s strong track record with municipalities includes customers such as the cities of Surrey, Kelowna, Port Moody, Penticton, as well as the Township of Langley. “The challenge for every government is to provide better public services while remaining fiscally responsible. Agresso delivers the flexibility municipalities demand in today’s dynamic environment,” said Shelley Zapp, CEO of UNIT4 Business Software.

Over the next four years, the city will investigate expanding its use of Agresso to take advantage of more modules, including project costing and billing, human resources, payroll, and procurement.


On Demand Solutions, Providers of ERP Software Specifically for Online Distributor Solutions, Seeks Channel Partners for its B2B E-commerce Solution

July 30th, 2013

On Demand Solutions looks to partner with Value Added Resellers, Systems Integrators and Web Developers to offer ODSNET a low cost, fully integrated B2B Web e-commerce platform with in-built ERP software suite to the SME

Coinciding with the launch of ODSNET, a fully integrated B2B e-commerce solution with its own in-built ERP software and suite of online distributor solutions, B2B e-commerce vendor, On Demand Solutions, today announces the launch of its UK channel programme.

On Demand Solutions is looking to partner with a small amount of specialist value added resellers, system integrators and web developers currently operating in manufacturing, distribution, wholesale and automotive markets and are looking to extend their product portfolio to existing as well as new customers.

The fully integrated B2B e-commerce solution and online distributor solutions software, ODSNET has been built to incorporate unique functionality, such as – complex pricing and discounting structures and to fully automate business processes from the web front-end through to the back office accounting and supply chain functions. The software has been written so that it can be used as a complete ERP/ Web system or the web element can be integrated to an existing ERP software – enabling the reseller or developer to offer flexibility to customers as well as keeping costs low.

Peter Ross, Director, On Demand Solutions, comments, “It is well known that smaller businesses face the same challenges as their larger competitors – yet many are forced to remain small due to the unrealistic software investment demands which are forced on them by larger IT vendors. And in a tough economy many businesses that do invest large amounts of money on software, may never see a return on investment and fall by the wayside as a consequence.”

ODSNET uses the very latest web development tools from Microsoft to provide the reseller with a low-cost, yet robust, enterprise-scale system which deals with all of the complex issues of supply chain delivery through a single integrated e-commerce system at minimal cost.

Ross explains, “ODSNET provides the reseller with the ability to offer the SME an opportunity to exploit complex, sophisticated web e-commerce and ERP software at a fraction of the capital outlay of our competitors. Previously the SME would have been forced to go to several providers, pay substantial amounts of money and still not reap the same rewards as their larger counter-parts. With ODSNET, the reseller is able to bring enterprise class functionality at a fraction of the cost, allowing businesses to plan for growth from day one with a fully scalable platform, which can be deployed in-house, hosted as software as a service or a combination of the two.”

The ODSNET software incorporates fully integrated financials, order management, warehouse control, pricing management, shipping, EDI and business intelligence software. Through the launch of ODSNET, On Demand Solutions has given the SME the ability to have a fully scalable web e-commerce system combined with real-time access to all ERP information.

Ross concludes, “The software has been written so that it can be used as a complete ERP and Web system or the web element can be integrated into an existing ERP system. We are delighted to be able to offer the reseller the opportunity to grow its customer base with ODSNET – our integrated functionality will surely mark a new stage in business for many organisations and support ongoing expansion for the smaller business at an affordable cost.”


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