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Syspro - a niche ERP vendor - is like a sniper who won't let its target out of its sights. The company is uniquely focused on small to mid-sized manufacturers and wholesale distributors. And it seems that this focus drives its every move, including corporate strategy, product development and marketing.
Contax Inc. has announced the launch of Extreme Makeover: ERP Edition, a promotional contest where companies can enter and one will win a free business software implementation of SAP Business All-in-One. The software and implementation services for this contest have an estimated retail value up to $1 million US.
Dassault Systèmes (3DS), a provider of 3D and PLM solutions, and Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company, are working together to enable companies of all sizes to get started quickly with 3DS Version 6 solutions on AWS. The partnership is meant to answer the growing demand by organizations to leverage cloud technologies to deploy, maintain and access 3D, PLM and solutions experiences in more flexible and efficient ways.
CB Engineering, a Calgary, Alta.-based manufacturer's representative in the instrumentation industry, prides itself on strong in-house expertise and extensive customer relationships; but the 37-year-old firm recognized that its growth and future plans were constrained by its aging ERP systems. Built on legacy green-screen applications and multiple separate Microsoft Access databases, there was little in the way of integration or automation - leading to repeated processes and a great deal of redundant data entry. Separate databases managed repairs, technical support tickets, commissioning projects and sales operations.
Canadian manufacturers and distributors are increasingly turning to ERP to help them improve their fortunes, especially in the face of low-cost foreign competition and the high Canadian dollar. Many hope that ERP - or enterprise resource planning - software will help them become more efficient, productive and profitable. Unfortunately, too many companies learn that the path to ERP-driven value is more like a labyrinth.
Product life cycle management (PLM) systems provide a central location to manage all of the information associated to a product. These systems automate processes and provide tracking capabilities to easily capture and resolve issues. PLM has traditionally focused on engineering and product data management processes; however, as it has evolved and its functionality has grown to encompass more information management across an organization, there is an obvious fit for PLM to support downstream processes - such as manufacturing process management (MPM) and bill of material (BOM) routing - to further streamline information synchronization and drive down manufacturing costs.
In my February article, ERP Buyer's Corner: Making 2011 the Year of Success, I predicted that "some of the bigger ERP vendors [would] go acquisition hunting to quickly fill strategic gaps in their product repertoires." This prediction has come true.
SolidCAD and CAD MicroSolutions Inc., resellers of Autodesk CAD software, have merged their Autodesk businesses, forming one of the design software provider's largest Canadian-based Value Added Resellers (VAR).
The Aberdeen Group has released a new report, To ERP or Not to ERP: For Manufacturers It Isn’t Even a Question, which looks at the performance of companies that have implemented ERP versus those that have not.
Autodesk has officially launched its new product line for 2012. The new 3D design and engineering software portfolio for manufacturers includes the new Autodesk Product Design Suite, which is meant to make design, visualization and simulation software easier to adopt, use and maintain. According to the company, the complete Autodesk Digital Prototyping software portfolio helps manufacturers to design and build better, more sustainable products, reduce development costs and get to market faster.
Pathway Medical Technologies, a Kirkland, Wash.-based innovator of endovascular treatments for peripheral arterial disease (PAD), is committed to bringing unique technology to the marketplace to treat severe PAD; however, the company was being held back by a paper-based system for managing all of its medical device documentation, part drawings and engineering changes. The company utilized a room that housed all of the paper procedures and hard drawings with a checkout system similar to how a library works.
As we move deeper into 2011, it's important to reflect on the good, the bad and the ugly of 2010.
Autodesk, Inc., a provider of 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc., a provider of simulation software, for approximately $39 million US in cash. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close by the end of April.
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