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OpenXava is a framework for Rapid Java Web Development, well-suited for business and database oriented applications. OpenXava allows you develop applications just by writing simple domain classes with Java or Groovy. The user interface is generated automatically in runtime, without code generation. OpenXava 4.3 adds support for total properties in collections, it has a new editor for HTML_TEXT stereotype, add info and warning messages and some other useful new features. Total properties in collections Now you can use square brakets in @ListProperties to asociate one or more properties of the container entity to a property of the collection. In this way you can add arbitrary values as totals. Read more about total properties in the wiki. New editor for HTML_TEXT Apart from upgrading to the latest CKEditor version, now the editor is embedded in the view instead of usi... (more)

ERP Implementation: The Innovation Dimension

When you examine the methodologies being used for implementing ERP systems, it makes you wonder whether these complex, costly and resource consuming projects are being framed correctly for success. Microsoft’s Sure Step for example, primarily frames the project as a technology/software delivery project. Another popular framing of ERP implementation is as a change management project that focuses on organizational risks and impacts. These are both valid – there is clearly a technology dimension and a change dimension to every ERP implementation. But another way to frame ERP implementation projects is as a kind of ‘startup’ project, which requires recognition of an innovation dimension. In the introduction to their book Lean Innovation, Sonnenberg and Sehested emphasize the guiding principle of ‘lean’, namely the elimination of waste or non value-adding processes and... (more)

Call for Entries: Best Mobile App for SAP Business One

There's nothing like an Apple product to generate buzz.  Our post last week about the iPhone App for SAP Business One has generated a lot of discussion and interest, so let's take it a step further. What is the BEST mobile application for SAP Business One?   Let's here from some people that use Windows Moble, Blackberry, and iPhone.  The first entry is in, with the MATG App from last week's post.  We hear there is others, so let's have em. Leave a comment below and we'll do a full write on the app. ... (more)

Panorama Consulting Group Helps Maxon Select a New ERP Software System With Their PERFECT Fit Software Selection Methodology

Denver, Colorado – Panorama Consulting Group, an independent ERP consulting firm, today announced the successful completion of an ERP selection project for Maxon Lift Corporation, a leading manufacturer of lift gates, headquartered in Santa Fe Springs, California. Maxon Lift Corporation engages in the research, development, design, manufacture, and sale of lift gates for trailer, truck, pick up, and bus and van applications. The company’s products include Tuk-A-Way, Railifts, COLUMNLIFT, slider, conventional, light duty, wheelchair lift, and special purpose lift gates. It also provides parts and technical services. The company offers its products through its distributor network, including leasing companies, private fleets, OEMs, and distributors in the Americas. “Maxon had had very poor experiences with consultants in the past. I believe that Panorama went a long w... (more)

Sun Rise With Open ERP

Ever-shifting conditions, shorter lead times, and heightened global competition are facts of life in today's business climate. To effectively compete, you need to operate more efficiently and reduce TCO. ERP systems can provide significant improvements in operational and administrative costs, on-time delivery, and order accuracy. And running open-source Open ERP on the Sun platform can help you implement and ERP solution cost effectively. Open ERP, open-source management solution now supports the MySQL database: With the Open ERP open-source management solution, organizations finally have an alternative to costly proprietary ERP implementations. When coupled with the MySQL database, Open ERP makes a modern ERP architecture available to mid-size and smaller companies. This gives high reliability and performance, the MySQL Cluster Carrier Grade Edition database offers a ... (more)

Acumatica Brings Cloud ERP to Canada

Acumatica, a provider of cloud ERP software, on Thursday announced a partnership with solutions integrators CoRealize and Les services SIPD to deliver Acumatica's innovative ERP software to the Canadian market. Acumatica allows mid-sized businesses to work from anywhere using software that can be deployed as a service (SaaS) or on-premise to reduce costs and automate business processes. In keeping with Acumatica's strategy of developing products to be sold through and implemented exclusively by VARs, CoRealize and SIPD will localize, customize, and provide support for Acumatica customers in Canada. Both CoRealize and SIPD are led by industry veterans with years of experience in delivering ERP solutions to the Canadian market. Dawson Lane, President of CoRealize, has over 20 years of experience in the Canadian mid-market software space including running country oper... (more)

As the Move to Cloud Computing Accelerates, NetSuite Picks Up Speed

"2010 was a great year for NetSuite," said Zach Nelson, CEO of NetSuite (pictured), as the company announced its fourth quarter and fiscal 2010 financial results - which included record Q4 revenue of $52.1 million, a 21% year-over-year increase. "We are seeing an acceleration of enterprises large and small moving to cloud computing," Nelson continued, "and our ten-year head start in delivering cloud business applications bodes well for us in 2011 as companies continue to move their core business applications from outdated and costly client-server offerings from Microsoft, SAP and others to NetSuite solutions that have cloud computing at their core." NetSuite, which positions itself as the industry's leading provider of cloud-based financials/ERP software suites, reported total revenue for the year of $193.1 million, a year-over-year increase of 16%. Subscription and... (more)

The Cloud ERP Shortlist for Manufacturers

Manufacturing software vendors are making aggressive moves to the cloud. In the past year alone, four vendors rolled out a full suite Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings for the industry. That brings the current tally of SaaS players in the manufacturing arena to five: Epicor Express, Infor SyteLine, NetSuite, Plex, and SAP Business ByDesign. The buzz around the cloud has manufacturers asking if a cloud solution is right for them. To help answer that question, I'll explore the features and functionality each vendor offers, and the ideal target market for each. Many more vendors are redesigning their software for the cloud, but I thought I would spotlight the five that are already there. First, here's a brief introduction to the vendors. In May of 2010, Epicor released Epicor Manufacturing Express Edition (Epicor Express), the SaaS version of their Epicor 9 produc... (more)

OpenXava 4.2: Web Applications for iPad with Java or Groovy

OpenXava is a tool for Rapid Java Web Development, well-suited for business and database oriented applications. Since v4.2 OpenXava also produces iPad Web applications that behaves and looks like iPad native applications. OpenXava allows you develop applications just by writing simple domain classes with Java or Groovy. The user interface is generated automatically in runtime, without code generation. When the user access to an OpenXava application from an iPad a special suited user interface is generated, including the visual style of all UI element, layout and even native effects like slide and flip. See the demos, or learn more in ... (more)

OpenXava 4.2: Aplicaciones Web para iPad con Java o Groovy

OpenXava es una herramienta para el Desarrollo Rápido de aplicaciones Web, apropiada para aplicaciones de gestión y orientadas a bases de datos. A partir de v4.2 OpenXava también produce aplicaciones web para iPad que tienen la apariencia y comportamiento de las aplicaciones nativas de iPad. OpenXava permite desarrollar aplicaciones simplemente escribiendo clases del dominio con Java o Groovy. La interfaz de usuario se genera automáticamente en tiempo de ejecución, sin generación de código. Cuando el usuario accede a una aplicación OpenXava desde un iPad se genera una interfaz gráfica especialmente adaptada, incluyendo el estilo visual de todos los elemento gráficos, la disposición e incluso efectos nativos como el desplazamiento (slide) y la rotación (flip). Mira las demos, o aprende más en ... (more)

A Chronicle of ERP Software History Pt. II

Editor’s note: This post by Derek Singleton of Software Advice reviews more extensive work at: Enterprise Software History, Part 2: Minicomputers to the PC. A while back, I kicked off a series recounting the history of ERP software. In my first post I covered the time spanning from punched cards to the mainframe. If you’ll remember, the unveiling of UNIVAC I gave birth to the “big iron” industry and the spread of mainframe computers that took up an entire room and team of operators to control. While the spread of mainframes constituted great technological innovation, the prohibitive financial and labor investment of the mainframe left computing capabilities largely in the hands of the enterprise. For the next part in my series, I’d like to cover a bit of the history of how we shifted from the mainframe to the PC. In the late 1960′s and early 1970′s the dominance of ... (more)