MAPICS Tailors Solution for Japan

Targets Japanese manufacturers with double-byte-enabled supply chain management solution

Tokyo  April 22, 2002  Enterprise applications provider MAPICS has rolled out a double-byte-enabled version of its Supply Chain Management (SCM) Solution translated for the Japanese market.

Alpharetta, Ga.-based MAPICS says its SCM solution currently enables manufacturers in Japan to make the best use of supply chain capacity and plan production across the entire supply chain.

Now Japanese manufacturers will have access to the critical functionality in their native language, including manufacturing planning and scheduling supply chain planning, performance analysis and collaboration.

"We realized the need for a SCM solution that provides the Japanese market with a short implementation cycle at a reasonable price while enabling them to better compete in today's collaborative and global business environment," said Dick Cook, president and CEO of MAPICS. "MAPICS SCM is a perfect complement to the wide array of ERP [enterprise resource planning] solutions that are currently used by Japanese manufacturers."

Designed with manufacturers in mind, the Japanese version of MAPICS SCM offers SQL Server support and integrates with MAPICS and other providers' ERP solutions. Its constraints-based planning technology creates optimized and executable plans, providing speed and stability in each manufacturing plant, MAPICS said.

"We are certain that the introduction of MAPICS SCM into the Japanese market will be welcomed given the cost performance that our solution offers," said Hideyuki Makabe, president of MAPICS K.K. "And, because the solution offers SQL server support, our customers have the choice between two world leaders in database technology  Oracle or Microsoft."