System Software Associates (SSA) has announced a tailored version of its BPCS enterprise management software for the automotive industry, claiming it has overcome its Unix problems.
The BPCS client/server V6.0.04 has manufacturing, financial and supply chain management capabilities. SSA has taken the foundation of its BPCS client/server flagship and rewritten it to make it more object-oriented. It also aims to offer versions of the products customised for different vertical markets.
The object oriented features make it easier for companies to adapt the product for their individual needs, says SSA. John Luscumb, head of SSA Automotive, said: "Our clients are a mixture of international and local companies. Some companies want to keep the application centrally while others want to distribute it throughout their subsidiaries."
"The re-architecture allows you to enhance parts without effecting the whole application," he added.
The application can run on IBM AS/400, most Unix and Digital Alpha platforms. The client element can run on NT.
Luscumb said there is still development to do on the server side, although the product is in release, but claims problems with moving BPCS from its original AS/400 platform to multiple systems have now been overcome.
"The initial performance questions caused by the transition from just AS/400 use have been addressed. It is now a completely open system," he claimed.
SSA lists over 1,000 clients in the automotive components industry.
LucasVarity, which has used SSA products for three years, said: "SSA has a proven track record in this industry. Its automotive team understands our requirements and our business."
SSA, which expects all its existing automotive clients to upgrade to the new product, says the application takes as little as three months to install. It also takes full responsibility of the product from end to end, including full upgrades in its maintenance agreements. Instalments cost #150,000 upwards.
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