Platinum is at last giving UK users the chance to buy its new ERP software - almost four months after it became available in the US.
Enterprise Ready Applications (ERA) Version 7.0 is optimised for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 and it integrates the company's front and back office application suites, ensuring that customer-related information is consistent throughout.
New features include supply chain management, enterprise business intelligence tools and enhanced Internet capabilities.
As most ERP vendors are facing harder times ahead (see analysis, p14), just about all of them are targeting the midmarket to boost declining corporate revenues. Platinum is no exception, claiming that ERA is designed specifically for medium-sized companies looking for affordable supply chains, reduced inventory costs and more efficient, demand-driven distribution scheduling.
With ERA, when a sales representative takes orders from new customers, a series of automatic events are triggered throughout the front and back office application suites.
A new account in the financials system is automatically opened and populated with the customer's contact information; a production order is opened and scheduled in the manufacturing system and the finished product is automatically shipped to the customer. If the customer's requirements change, or any problems arise, the sales representative can access and alter the original order within Platinum ERA.
Enquiry and analysis tools include an online data navigation and enquiry tool, an analytical and reporting tool with OLAP capabilities and a series of intelligent agents. The Internet-enabled applications, Platinum ERA.net, provide electronic commerce and self-service information access capabilities via ERA.net Commerce for business-to-business, and ERA.net Self-Service for remote information access.
On the Microsoft front, there are several new SQL Server 7.0 features, including English query over the Internet, Platinum ERA Explorer for OLAP, replication-based GL consolidations and Mobile Client on SQL Server.
Pricing for Platinum ERA 7.0 depends on the size of the installation.
Typical pricing ranges between #50,000 and #250,000.
- More enterprise news, p30.
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