ERP Vendors Tout Successes

SAP scores with automotive suppliers; J.D. Edwards wins J.J. Haines; .NET helps Frontstep

Tempe, AZ  December 18, 2002  Enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution providers touted their successes this week, with SAP, J.D. Edwards and Frontstep pointing to recent customer wins.

Walldorf, Germany-based SAP highlighted recent customers from among automotive suppliers, pointing to such companies as The Robert Bosch Group, Kongsberg Automotive, Thyssenkrupp Budd Co. and Toyo Tires that have adopted mySAP Automotive.

To SAP's way of thinking, since many top automakers use the solution, mySAP Automotive is a logical choice for industry suppliers looking to improve communication with their customers. The solution allows the suppliers to integrate with their customers  original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)  and to improve their overall responsiveness to customer demands, SAP claims, enabling the suppliers to lower inventory costs and improve allocation of resources through real-time processing of data and customer requests.

Sumanth Gurumurthy, SAP project manager at ThyssenKrupp Budd, said his company uses the solution to manage all aspects of its customers' sequenced just-in-time (JIT) call processes and plans to use the inbound deliveries or advance shipment notifications from its own suppliers to process goods receipts transactions later this year. "mySAP Automotive allows us to process customer Kanban/DON orders in an effective and efficient manner," Gurumurthy added.

Meanwhile, Denver-based J.D. Edwards reported that floor covering distributor J.J. Haines has tapped the provider's Supplier Self-Service solution in an effort to share business information with its supply base.

J.J. Haines, one of the oldest and largest floor covering distributors in the United States, is an existing J.D. Edwards customer, but the company recently opted to add the self-service solution, which was released in February as part of the provider's Supplier Relationship Management suite.

The solution allows suppliers to manage quotes and purchase orders, view inventory information, issue notification when shipments are in-transit, view performance analysis and update user profiles, according to the provider.

Finally, Frontstep, a provider of software and services for discrete, to-order manufacturers, marched out a string of new manufacturing customers for its SyteLine 7 Extended ERP solution.

SyteLine 7, released in September, includes traditional ERP functionality along with customer relationship management and supply chain management capabilities, built on the Microsoft .NET technology platform.

Recent customer wins for the solution include Texas Digital Systems, Flexmaster USA, MicroGroup, Shiva Corp. and Memotec Communications.

Columbus, Ohio-based Frontstep, formerly Symix, points to the .NET foundation of its solution as a key factor in its wins. MicroGroup, for example, cited the solution's Microsoft-based architecture and the capabilities of Microsoft .NET as major reasons for selecting Frontstep solutions.

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