ERP - Infoworld en SAP users rattle sabers over charges for user-friendly Fiori apps <p>SAP user groups are stepping up pressure on the vendor over the fees charged for its user-friendly Fiori applications, saying they should be included as part of the substantial annual maintenance costs customers already pay, particularly given SAP's dismal track record with interfaces for its Business Suite ERP software.</p> Applications Mobile Technology SAP Mobile Apps Software Licensing ERP Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:55:05 +0000 admin 240557 at Wendy's makes its Oracle ERP upgrade quick and tasty <p>It's not uncommon for ERP projects to take longer and cost more money than initially planned, but neither outcome ended up being on the menu for fast-food giant Wendy's recent Oracle E-Business Suite upgrade.</p> <p>A looming end-of-support deadline for E-Business Suite 11.5.10 prompted the restaurant chain to begin the process of upgrading to version 12.1.3 late last year, according to Robin Nelson, a business analyst who worked on the project.</p> Applications Oracle IT Management ERP Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 admin 240134 at Oracle rolls out 'iOS 7'-inspired visuals for Fusion Applications <p>Oracle is continuing to simplify the look and feel of its Fusion Applications, including with a new skin inspired by Apple iOS 7, as the vendor ramps up marketing efforts around its application portfolio.</p> <p>The changes come as part of the eighth update to Fusion Applications, which first became available in 2011 after a lengthy development process.</p> Applications Oracle CRM ERP Applications Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:42:59 +0000 admin 238375 at Microsoft takes Dynamics ERP upmarket with Azure support, new services <p>Microsoft has completed a series of moves aimed at making its Dynamics AX ERP software a more viable option for large enterprises, and plans to showcase them this week during the Convergence conference in Atlanta.</p> <p>Dynamics AX 2012 R3, the latest version of Microsoft's high-end ERP (enterprise resource planning) offering, will be available May 1 both in on-premises form and on the Windows Azure cloud infrastructure service, Microsoft announced Tuesday.</p> Applications Cloud Computing Microsoft IaaS CRM ERP SaaS Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:55:59 +0000 admin 237617 at Dell to resell, implement NetSuite's cloud ERP software <p>Dell and NetSuite are broadening their relationship, with Dell becoming a global reseller and IT systems integrator for NetSuite's cloud ERP (enterprise resource planning) software.</p> <p>NetSuite and Dell had already partnered around Dell's Boomi cloud integration technology, and signed off on the expanded agreement a couple of weeks ago, NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson said in an interview prior to Tuesday's announcement.</p> Applications Cloud Computing Dell ERP SaaS Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:37:36 +0000 admin 237081 at The future of Dynamics in a Nadella-led Microsoft <p>Microsoft's Dynamics ERP and CRM product lines <a href="" target="_blank">seemed safe</a> immediately following former CEO Steve Ballmer's sweeping reorganization of the company last year. But now that longtime Microsoft executive Satya Nadella has been <a href="" target="_blank">named Ballmer's successor</a>, the time is ripe for more focused speculation on the future of Dynamics.</p> Applications Cloud Computing Microsoft CRM ERP SaaS Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:35:54 +0000 admin 235881 at SAP lays out its strategy for growth, with HANA at the forefront <p>SAP's strategy event for the investment community on Tuesday offered few major surprises to anyone who's been closely monitoring the software vendor lately, but did serve to cement the company's future direction for product development, growth and customer retention. Here's a look at some of the highlights of the event.</p> Applications Cloud Computing The Industry Standard SAP IT Strategy ERP SaaS Business Intelligence Data Management Wed, 05 Feb 2014 12:43:14 +0000 admin 235729 at Today's on-premises ERP systems will soon get the 'legacy' label <p>The highly customized ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems in place at companies around the world are looking a bit long in the tooth, to the point where by 2016 it will be common practice to refer to them as "legacy" software, according to analyst firm Gartner.</p> <p>These systems are showing their age in a number of ways, chief among them their monolithic, all-in-one structure, Gartner analysts Denise Ganly, Andy Kyte, Nigel Rayner and Carol Hardcastle wrote in a report announced Wednesday.</p> Applications Cloud Computing ERP SaaS Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:55:07 +0000 admin 235283 at California sues SAP over failed payroll software project <p>SAP has been slapped with a lawsuit by California's state controller over a payroll software implementation the office says cost taxpayers a vast sum of money, but has never worked correctly.</p> <p>"After three years, and paying SAP approximately $50 million to integrate its own software into a new payroll and benefits system for the state of California, all the [state controller's office] has to show for its investment is a system that could not get the payroll right even once over an eight-month period for a pilot group of only 1,500 employees," the lawsuit states.</p> Applications SAP ERP Government Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:57:22 +0000 uphan 231553 at Microsoft unveils industry templates, special pricing for Dynamics CRM <p>Microsoft is hoping to differentiate its Dynamics CRM (customer relationship management) software from the likes of with a new set of 18 industry templates that fit the application to verticals including sports management, health care and more specialized areas such as prison inmate data.</p> <p>The announcement was made Tuesday during Microsoft's Convergence 2013 EMEA event in Barcelona.</p> Applications Cloud Computing Microsoft Microsoft Azure IaaS CRM PaaS ERP Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:25:51 +0000 admin 230204 at Oracle moves aggressively to poach SAP Business ByDesign customers <p>Oracle has joined the ranks of ERP (enterprise resource planning) software vendors hoping to capitalize on uncertainty among customers of SAP's Business ByDesign software, offering to waive one year of subscription fees to those who migrate to Oracle's competing products.</p> Applications The Industry Standard Oracle SAP Software Licensing ERP Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:51:19 +0000 admin 229643 at Infor pins ERP growth on user-friendly design revamp <p>Infor CEO Charles Phillips has made plenty of changes at the ERP (enterprise resource planning) software vendor since taking the top job after a long run as co-president of Oracle, and one of the most significant is a major investment in modern user interface design.</p> <p>Phillips created an internal design agency called Hook &amp; Loop, which works closely with Infor application development teams. Now he's gone a step further, naming Hook &amp; Loop's director Marc Scibelli to the new post of chief creative officer.</p> Applications ERP Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:56:03 +0000 admin 227304 at Microsoft continues cloud ERP push with Dynamics NAV update <p>Microsoft is preparing to roll out a new version of its Dynamics NAV ERP (enterprise resource planning) software that includes a key feature for cloud-based deployments as well as tighter integration with Office.</p> <p>NAV 2013 R2 is set for release in October and will feature support for multitenancy, an architectural principle common to cloud software wherein customers share a single application instance with their respective data kept separate.</p> Cloud Computing Microsoft Internet Private Cloud ERP SaaS Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:09:00 +0000 admin 226140 at SAP ERP customers gain options for improved UI <p>Options are growing for SAP ERP (enterprise resource planning) customers that want to snazz up the system's screens, both for the enjoyment of end-users and improved productivity.</p> <p>SAP recently rolled out version 2.0 of Screen Personas, which gives users the ability to personalize their SAP based screens based on preference and job role. The update introduces a new version of Personas' Microsoft Silverlight-based client as well as an HTML version.</p> Applications ERP Wed, 07 Aug 2013 17:03:17 +0000 admin 224383 at SAP outlines plans for Hybris, push into 'omni-commerce' <p>SAP has given customers a peek into how it will compete with the likes of Oracle and IBM in the growing market around CEM (customer experience management) software with the acquisition of commerce software vendor Hybris.</p> <p>The Hybris deal, which was announced in June, closed last week and on Tuesday executives took part in a press conference to share some future plans.</p> Content Management ERP Tue, 06 Aug 2013 21:20:39 +0000 admin 224307 at Can Infor upset the Oracle-SAP duopoly? <p>I'm sure it still happens, but I can't imagine a greenfield situation where a company would turn to Oracle or SAP for a full-blown, on-premises ERP system. Who would want to suffer the disruption, lock-in, and expense?</p> Applications ERP SaaS Applications Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:42:37 +0000 Eric Knorr 224087 at Oracle rolls out analytic apps for E-Business Suite <p>Oracle has unveiled a series of analytic applications for its flagship E-Business Suite ERP (enterprise resource planning) suite that it says gives customers a more effective, richer way to comb through operational data.</p> <p>The applications are based on Oracle's Endeca search and analytics technology, with each of more than a dozen announced Monday targeting narrow areas of ERP system data, such as order management, revenue management, process manufacturing, and asset management.</p> Business Intelligence Oracle Predictive Analytics ERP Business Intelligence Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:18:47 +0000 admin 221890 at Oracle, NetSuite team on cloud services for mid-size customers <p>Oracle and NetSuite are to jointly offer cloud services to mid-size business customers.</p> <p>The alliance announced Wednesday is the third this week around Oracle's technologies. The Redwood Shores, Calif., company announced earlier this week agreements with <a href="">Microsoft</a> and cloud computing company<a href=""></a>.</p> Cloud Computing Microsoft Oracle ERP Cloud Computing Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:18:30 +0000 admin 221643 at Oracle, ink nine-year technology partnership <p>In a coming together of rivals, and Oracle have signed a nine-year agreement under which the companies will integrate their technologies and will make a significant investment in Oracle products for its cloud computing platform.</p> <p>, long a user of Oracle's database, will standardize on Oracle's Linux OS distribution, Java middleware, and Exadata server platform, as well as continue to use Oracle's database, according to the joint announcement today.</p> Applications Cloud Computing The Industry Standard Oracle DBMS Java Programming CRM ERP SaaS Tue, 25 Jun 2013 15:41:29 +0000 admin 221465 at Microsoft Dynamics ERP software moves to the Azure cloud <p>Microsoft is upping the stakes in the growing market for cloud-based ERP, with its Dynamics GP 2013 and NAV 2013 products now available for deployment on its Azure service.</p> <p>The launch, announced Tuesday, gives customers another option for cloud-based ERP (enterprise resource planning) services besides NetSuite, SAP Business ByDesign, and others. It's a bit late in coming, as Microsoft originally said availability <a href="" target="_blank">would be toward the end of last year</a>.</p> Cloud Computing ERP Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:13:56 +0000 admin 220997 at