Vendor hopes to solve financial troubles with collection of features for System 21 beleaguered UK manufacturing software specialist JBA is launching a suite of extensions to its System 21 enterprise resource planning package.
The collection of add on modules, called the Active Enterprise series, is designed to allow users to add functionality without upgrading their entire system.
JBA plans to release specialised modules for electronic commerce, supply chain management, process management and business intelligence, reporting and modelling. Modules will be released on an ongoing basis.
The company recently said it lost around #6.5 million in 1998. It has about 1,000 UK customers, mostly in the clothing, food and auto part manufacturing sectors. Clients include Bass Breweries and vacuum cleaner maker Dyson.
A System 21 user who saw a beta version of the new supply chain module said: "It looked impressive. It will probably outdo SAP in some areas. It seems more flexible."
JBA product director Simon Hallam said: "Our customers don't want to swap systems, but to get more from their current one."
George O'Connor, technology analyst at merchant bank Granville, welcomed the launch of Active Enterprise, but remained concerned about JBA's financial performance.
"It's a very strong technology story,' he said. "JBA has been a research and development powerhouse, although it has had to change its business model."
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