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Failing organic growth Oracle has tied up with Larry's "other" company, sometime competitor NetSuite, one of the first SaaS companies, predating even salesforce.com by a year thanks to Larry's nickel. NetSuite's specialty is selling cloud-ified ERP to SMBs. By the end of the year, the widgetry will be integrated with Oracle's human capital management (HCM) software used to manage employees in a combination clearly aimed at Oracle's new nemesis Workday, started by the folks driven out of PeopleSoft when Oracle bought the place out from under them. Deloitte Consulting LLP also has a piece of the action. It's going to start a practice to help customers deploy the widgetry. With the move, Oracle, which usually goes after large companies with its own ERP wares on large companies, has to a certain extent taken out NetSuite as a competitor and gets new representation with ... (more)

SAP Business One on a Mac

I received a request to start a discussion about running SAP Business One on a Mac. Quite serendipitous, given that I use Business One every day on my Mac G5 with a 27" Cinema Display. It's okay to be jealous, I'm used to it. Needless to say, it is awesome. Orchestra even customizes the SAP B1 icon to be a Mac icon for B1. It bounces in the dock when launched and everything. How pretty. Click Read More to read the rest of the post... ... (more)

SAP Business One is Compatible with Windows 7

Windows 7 is compatible with SAP Business One 2007 and SAP Business One 8.8 Now that windows 7 has been released and all signs are pointing towards a migration away from windows XP and Vista, a number of questions arise for business users. Do all my other applications I depend on work on Windows 7? Will the performance of my applications be affected? For everyone running SAP Business One, we can answer both of these critical questions. Does SAP Business One run in Windows 7?  YES Does SAP Business One performance improve with Windows 7?  YES There are also many new features of Windows 7 that will make using business applications, such as SAP Business One and Crystal Reports, more user friendly. One of the cool little aspects of Windows 7 that will make using SAP Business One even easier to use: For those of you who frequently have multiple windows of SBO open, Window... (more)

Panorama Consulting Group Promotes Natalie Gray to Director of Software Selection

Denver, Colorado – Panorama Consulting Group, an independent ERP consulting firm, today announced the promotion of Natalie Gray to Director of Software Selection.  Ms. Gray will lead Panorama’s expanding software selection team. Natalie Gray’s expertise includes fifteen years experience in information technology, management consulting, and enterprise software solutions.  Her prior positions have included assignments at J.D. Edwards, now owned by Oracle, and Mincom.  She attended Regis University and holds a degree in computer science with a minor in finance.  She has experience with a host of ERP software packages and is well versed in business processes and operational subject matter with an emphasis on financial management, financial reporting and distribution. “Since joining Panorama, Natalie has consistently demonstrated ERP industry leadership by adding trem... (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)

Metafile Predicts Cloud Computing Will Take Center Stage

"Over the past year, a cross-industry call for more paperless process automation has cultivated the need to deliver that automation in more ways to address a wider array of business challenges than ever before," said Nick Sprau, vice president of marketing with Metafile. "In 2011, cloud-based delivery of AP and AR automation technology will continue to increase, as will the technology's use in managing evolving 1099 reporting requirements and intensifying transactional demands in the retail sector." Cloud computing, managing evolving 1099 regulations and retail accounting automation will be pervasive accounts payable (AP) and accounts receivable (AR) document management trends in 2011, according to Metafile Information Systems. Metafile is a paperless accounts payable (AP), accounts receivable (AR) and human resources (HR) document management and workflow solution p... (more)

Where Is the “Planning” in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)?

In today's economy everyone is trying to do more with less. Economic indicators tell us that manufacturing is beginning to pick up, but we've heard that before. Business analysts are predicting an upturn in overall business in the coming months. Unemployment rates are lower than they've been in years. That's all good news, but none of us are ready to return to the days of unmonitored spending or extravagant hiring practices. For many businesses, the largest asset after personnel is inventory. For many of those same businesses, potentially their largest expense after payroll is the cost of the inventory that sits on the warehouse floor. In the face of economic challenges some very smart people have developed various methods to help minimize the impact of assets tied up in unused inventory and wasted warehouse space. You've undoubtedly seen the acronyms and come across... (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)

OpenXava 4.7: Rapid Java Web Development

OpenXava is a framework for Rapid Java Web Development, well-suited for business and database oriented applications. OpenXava allows you to develop applications just by writing simple domain classes with Java or Groovy. The user interface is generated automatically in runtime, without code generation. OpenXava 4.7 has some new interesting features such as: 'My reports' actions stores all the generated reports, so the user can get them by name later. WebSphere Portal 8 support including visual style integration. WebSphere 8 support. Liferay 6.1 support. 30% performance improvement in automated module tests. See changelog for the complete list of new features and fixes. We recommend you to download it and upgrade your OpenXava applications. Look at the migration instructions. 'My reports' action stores generated reports The recently added 'Custom report' action has been ... (more)

OpenXava 4.8 disponible: Desarrollo rápido de aplicaciones web con Java

OpenXava es un marco de trabajo AJAX para desarrollo rápido de aplicaciones web empresariales. Con OpenXava sólo has de escribir las clases del dominio con Java para obtener una aplicación web lista para producción. OpenXava 4.8 tiene algunas funcionalidades nuevas muy interesantes como: Acciones anidadas en un menú desplegable en la barra de botones, mediante subcontroladores. Muchas nuevas mejoras en 'Mis informes'. Mejoras en modo lista. Mira el registro de cambios para una lista completa de nuevas características y arreglos. Te recomendamos descargarlo y actualizar tus aplicaciones OpenXava. Échale un vistazo a las instrucciones de migración. Acciones anidadas con subcontroladores Con un subcontroladore puedes agrupar varias acciones y mostrarlas en un botón con lista despegable. En tu controladores.xml puedes poner: ... <... (more)

What Does the Cloud Mean for ERP?

The gap is widening between legacy ERP and cloud ERP as traditional on-premise tools are shifting toward delivery of applications over the Internet. The sudden growth spurt for ERP in the cloud is largely driven by the vast cost savings resulting from the increased productivity and efficiency that characterize the move to web-based business applications. Industry insiders have recently begun to draw attention to the upsurge in new ERP developers as an indication that the competitive landscape has shifted, and that long established players will need to adapt in order to maintain their market share in the years ahead. As a result, many long established entities like Microsoft and SAP have been seen ramping up their cloud offerings as they prepare to take on the new players in the space. Whether or not these current leaders will be able to maintain their positions at ... (more)