Supply chain applications provider, Numetrix, is expected to announce that is has been bought by a powerful parent on Wednesday, the most strongly tipped contender being SAP.
Until three months ago, SAP had partnered with Numetrix rival I2 to provide its customers with a supply chain management offering, but last month announced that it planned to ship a product of its own.
SAP failed to clarify whether it would develop the offering itself or get it elsewhere, however, and is already the process of developing a gateway between Numetrix? product and its own.
But Baan?s name is also in the frame. Numetrix also has a relationship with the Dutch vendor and agreed to integrate its applications with Baan?s manufacturing software in June.
The relationship became even closer in July when Bruce Johnson, Baan?s former president of the Americas, joined Numetrix in the same capacity.
Jyoti Bannerjee, managing director of Tate Bramald Consultants, said: ?Both SAP and Baan have been criticised for their lack of functionality in this area, so if they both want demand planning software, acquiring Numetrix would make sense.?
But, Veerle Schengili, Numetrix?s vice president of operations, said she was not aware of the rumour and ?wouldn?t know where to sign. Numetrix has extremely good board level relationships with a number of ERP vendors and has regular meetings with them, which is necessary for the benefit of our mutual customers.?
She added that the company had made various internal promotions in line with the company?s new strategy, which it expected to announce ?shortly?.
Baan said it was unable to comment on rumours, and SAP refused to comment at all.
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