IT news

Posted on 6 Aug 2010 by The Manufacturer

The latest news from the IT sector.

SAP’s software revenues show signs of growth
Software company SAP today announced its preliminary financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2010, reporting a 16% increase in software and software-related service revenues.

The company saw continued double-digit growth in key emerging markets in Latin America and Asia.

“Reaching more than 100,000 customers is a testament to the inroads we have made in expanding our volume business and our success in the small and midsized enterprise (SME) segment. Our success in the SME segment creates a strong foundation for the new version of our on-demand platform SAP Business ByDesign” said the co-CEO of SAP, Jim Hagemann Snabe.

Preactor to use riteTIME SFDC system
Preactor International, the specialist planning and scheduling software company, today announced the successful integration of the riteTIME Touchscreen Shop Floor Data Collection (SFDC) system with its own Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) solutions.

The riteTIME system is a self-contained production data tracking system and can run independently of other systems or in conjunction with ERP, MRP, Time & Attendance or other systems.

Developers from both companies worked closely to integrate the two solutions Mike Novels, CEO of Preactor International, said: “Not only is riteTIME a well executed product in its own right, riteSOFT genuinely understands how valuable the data it allows businesses to collect can be to maximising their planning and scheduling capabilities. riteTIME closes the loop between the shopfloor and the production plan and when combined with Preactor, manufacturers can expect impressive benefits.”

Solarsoft launches flagship ERP software in the cloud
Solarsoft Business Systems have announced the availability of a cloud-based version of its flagship ERP platform for discrete manufacturers. The iVP ERP solution is already being used by 350 manufacturing companies across 2,500 plants, in order to eliminate shipping errors, tighten inventory accuracy and strengthen enterprise-wide control and supplier management.

In the current economic climate, it hasn’t been easy for discrete manufacturers to get their hands on the latest ERP functionality whilst budgets have been under pressure. However, this has led to a growing interest in alternative approaches to software acquisition, including allinclusive, remotely hosted cloud solutions, where software applications and the computer rooms that run them are moved off site.

“Our new Cloud-based ERP solution for discrete manufacturers relieves them of the burden of owning, updating and maintaining their own systems, with all the skill, labour and expense involved. This means they are free to concentrate on what they are good at – making things” said Steven Hargreaves, product director at Solarsoft.

Chrysler chooses Siemens’ NX Software
Chrysler Group LLC has selected Siemens PLM Software’s technology for product design and development.

Chrysler, which produces Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Truck and Mopar vehicles and products, began using Teamcenter software, Siemens PLM Software’s digital lifecycle management solution, as its corporate-wide PDM system in 2008.

Chrysler Group has now added NX software, Siemens PLM Software’s comprehensive digital product development solution, to provide efficiency gains in engineering and design and to help create a common product development platform.

“Chrysler’s decision to replace existing solutions with NX and Teamcenter as its corporate-wide standard is a testament to our commitment to provide a robust, open PLM platform for the automotive industry,” said Tony Affuso, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens PLM Software.

Bayer to implement global IT strategy with SAP
German pharmaceutical firm Bayer has finalised a global enterprise agreement with SAP to provide support for its global IT strategy.

The five year agreement entails the comprehensive, long-term deployment of standardised SAP solutions across Bayer’s worldwide operations.

SAP provides business software such as enterprise resource planning, business intelligence, and related applications. The company has 102,500 customers in over 120 countries.

Jobshop to showcase products in Birmingham
Jobshop, the supplier of advanced production planning and control software to aero engineering manufacturers, will be showing how it helps companies meet the industry’s exacting standards at the Aero Engineering 2010 expo and congress.

With many years experience of working with aerospace and defense companies, Jobshop is a flexible, scalable and intelligent system offering advanced functionality and value in the key areas of manufacturing and assembly. It allows SME organisations to successfully compete in difficult economic and market conditions, through direct productivity improvements and lower IT infrastructure costs.

“Using the array of specialist features simplifies procedures such as operations, scheduling and costing – but in particular it enables manufacturers to meet traceability standards in being able to provide full evidence right the way through the production process” said Jobshop General Manager Paul Holmes.

The Aero Engineering 2010 Exhibition will be held at the NEC, Birmingham, on September 29 and 30.

Hanover Displays to adopt Microsoft Dynamics AX
Electronic sign manufacturer Hanover Displays has announced it is use Microsoft Dynamics AX from Columbus IT as its new Enterprise Resource Planning system.

The company makes passenger information systems for the transport industry, including LED signs. Established in 1985, it has sold products in over 50 countries around the world.

Ben Richardson, IT manager for Hanover Displays, said: “We have simply outgrown our current systems. Re-keying of data, a reliance on spreadsheets and the inability to gain real insight into our business was beginning to cause inefficiencies within the business.

The fact that it came from Microsoft gave us the confidence that they would be around for a long time.” Microsoft Dynamics AX will replace the three disparate systems Hanover Displays uses for finance, manufacturing and repairs. Mary Hunter, Columbus IT’s managing director, said she was delighted to be working with Hanover Displays.

“Hanover went through a very thorough selection process and we were thrilled that we were the chosen partner to implement Microsoft Dynamics,” she said.

Columbus IT specialises in Microsoft Dynamics ERP for the manufacturing and distribution sector. The company is a Microsoft Gold Partner with 30 offices worldwide and has won the most partner awards from Microsoft globally.

eBECS wins 2010 Microsoft Dynamics Reseller of the Year award
eBECS has been named as the 2010 Microsoft Dynamics Reseller of the Year for the United Kingdom.

The award was presented at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2010, the company’s annual premier partner event. Around 9,500 partners from around the world attended the event, which took place this year in Washington D.C, USA.

Stephen Wilson, Marketing Director at eBECS, said: “As a specialist in the design and delivery of Dynamics solutions for manufacturing, distribution and the extended supply chain, eBECS is thrilled to be presented with such a prestigious award. eBECS is fully committed to reselling Microsoft Dynamics and this award reflects the business benefits we are so passionate about delivering to our clients.” Several key criteria were considered in selecting Microsoft Dynamics Certified Partners for the special recognition, including outstanding sales performance, thorough technological expertise on Microsoft Dynamics products and services, and feedback from Microsoft team members and customers.

G3 Global Takes Control with SAP
SAP today announced that G3 Global is now live with SAP Business All-in-One. The implementation began on Christmas Eve 2009 and was completed in a timescale of six weeks. “The implementation of SAP is vital for our strategic growth plans. We now have a real time integrated view across our entire business that has improved the reliability of our reporting, and increased the speed of decision making” said Chris Gunter CEO of G3 Global.

Infor Delivers Cash Management System for System i
Infor, a provider of business software for mid-market companies, have announced they would be supplying Electronic Banking for System I, powered by Cashbook.

The solution enables companies to streamline and automate critical time-consuming processes and reduce risk of error.

The solution, which sits atop the ERP system, includes modules for electronic payments, bank reconciliation, bank lockbox/ automation, direct debits, and bank statement uploads.

New generation Syspro 6.1 ERP system drives sustainable manufacturing
A new release of Syspro ERP from Manchester-based K3 Business Technology Group is to provide ‘green’ and cost saving benefits for mid-market manufacturers and distributors. This new version of Syspro incorporates over a thousand new features and advanced tools to assist sustainable operations.

The advanced ERP system has green architecture and modules, feature sets, workflow and customisation capabilities –designed to make it easy for users to access the data they need in any application without the need for software development skills.