MAPICS, Cognos Partner for Business Intelligence Solution

Designed for manufacturers, features more key performance indicators

Designed for manufacturers, features more key performance indicators

Atlanta — July 2, 2004 — MAPICS Inc., a global provider of enterprise solutions for manufacturers, announced the availability this month of MAPICS Enterprise Business Intelligence (EBI) for iSeries.

The newest release of MAPICS EBI for iSeries fully integrates with Cognos Performance Applications, a business intelligence solution.

"We anticipate business performance results from visibility to a larger number of key performance indicators (KPIs), improved reporting capabilities and an enhanced ability to utilize our data to make effective operational and customer-facing decisions," said Michael Leonhardi, chief information officer, Hyco International.

MAPICS said EBI for iSeries extends the value of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and other operational systems because it turns data into information that is optimized for reporting and analysis. It also provides enterprise-wide corporate performance management founded on a 360-degree view of business, which MAPICS said enables business leaders to achieve bottom-line impact.

MAPICS EBI for iSeries has over 400 established KPIs, which manufacturers can use to improve their operations and accelerate progress. Functioning in seven languages, this latest release features 195 additional business measurements, nearly double the prior release.

"With Cognos' applications integrated into MAPICS EBI for iSeries solution, manufacturers can analyze business data in order to respond quickly to business and market trends," according to Paul Hoy, director of manufacturing solutions, Cognos. "This insight provides them with the ability to reduce operating costs while improving customer service and leading to improved business performance visibility and expanded market share."