By David Sims
David at firstcoffee d*t biz
The news as of the first coffee this morning, and the music is the grossly underrated Tommy James & The Shondells on an iTunes mix:
Vendor TimeXtender has introduced Quick Cubes, described by company officials as "pre-configured data cubes" for use with the company's flagship business intelligence product, timeXtender 2.0.
Heine Krog Iversen, timeXtender founder and CEO, called the product "business intelligence out of the box." It automates the extraction, validation and transformation of data from virtually any source into Online Analytical Processing data cubes, thereby "eliminating the need for custom computer coding."
Quick Cubes are built for specific ERP systems and industries and can be used right out of the box or as a foundation for a customized product.
Designed for use with Microsoft's business intelligence platform, the premier release of Quick Cubes includes 12 pre-configured data cubes for users of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Dynamics AX, Dynamics XAL and Dynamics GP. The product promises out-of-the-box analysis for 12 common business areas including CRM.
Based in Denmark, timeXtender is a developer of data warehousing software for business intelligence. The company's U.S. headquarters is in Greensboro, N.C.
Byte Software, a vendor of mortgage lending software products, has announced that mortgage lender Kemper Mortgage has selected Byte Software's BytePro Enterprise loan origination software for its branches nationwide.
Based on Microsoft SQL Server technology, BytePro Enterprise provides advanced business rules functionality and flexibility to banks, brokers and credit unions.
Kemper Mortgage chose BytePro Enterprise "for its SQL Server architecture, document management features, and information security emphasis," Byte officials say.
By using SQL Server all loan data is contained in a central database. For an organization with multiple branches, storing the information in a central location enables management to view the entire pipeline without first having to aggregate widespread data. When data is changed, the entire organization sees those changes in real time.
Joe Herb, general manager of Byte Software, said with the product, Kemper Mortgage has "the ability to integrate their in house customer relationship management (CRM) system with BytePro Enterprise."
Byte Software is a wholly owned subsidiary of CBCInnovis, a vendor of real estate settlement services.
Sage Software has announced the availability of Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 4.2, the latest versions of the company's enterprise resource planning products.
Built upon years of cumulative input from thousands of customers, Sage MAS 90 and 200 4.2 deliver accounting functionality with simplified personalization features and business intelligence tools.
Sage MAS 90 and 200 4.2 are billed as providing "comprehensive insight into a company's most important data," according to company officials. Basically they anchor end-to-end business management products, provide accounting and financial reporting, in-depth distribution, manufacturing and e-business management.
The Sage products also integrate with CRM, HRMS, Payroll and other business management applications from Sage. In fact version 4.2 features Business Insights Explorer, a comprehensive business intelligence tool and integration with all three CRM products from Sage Software -- ACT! by Sage; SageCRM/SageCRM.com and Sage SalesLogix, as well as the new Sage MAS Fixed Assets management module.
The product offers "preview functionality," with which users can view multiple transaction types in a single view. Version 4.2 users can locate a customer, for example, and preview related orders, invoices and payments without being forced to load separate windows or modules.
Users can also apply filters to any view, displaying data according to preferences, save filtered views for future use or share them with other team members.
Barcelona-based ClearPeaks, a vendor of business intelligence consulting, training and products, has announced its BusinessObjects XI Release 2 Migration Specialist consulting services.
Business Objects sells business intelligence products to over 35,000 customers worldwide. ClearPeaks has expanded its business intelligence services by adding a comprehensive Business Objects XI Migration product to its offerings.
Via its migration methodology, ClearPeaks' XI Migration Specialists "guide customers through a predefined analysis and planning phase leading to a migration plan and subsequently a successful XI migration," company officials explain.
The consultancy offers pre-defined yet customizable XI migration templates for various customer profiles.
ClearPeaks specializes in converting business information from CRM and ERP systems into customer intelligence, company officials say.
Design Within Reach Inc., a retailer of modern furnishings, has "extended its appreciation for cutting-edge, contemporary products to its business software," in company officials' words, to say that the San Francisco-based company is replacing its custom- built business management system with Microsoft Dynamics AX.
DWRI chose Microsoft Corp.'s enterprise resource planning system over offerings from SAP AG and other companies for "its easy implementation and system maintenance, overall features versus cost and ability to manage the rapid growth of the company's showroom, catalog and online sales," DWRI officials say.
Joe Martins, vice president of IT for Design Within Reach, repeats an often-heard comment made whenever companies decide further resistance is futile: By buying Microsoft products, "we don't have to be in the software development business."
Microsoft Dynamics AX operates in three distinct tiers, each of which uses standard PC and network technology and standard Microsoft operating systems for both clients and servers. The way Microsofties explain it, the tiered design of Microsoft Dynamics AX "eliminates the need to replace or reconfigure the entire system when new components are added or changes made to specific tiers."
The ERP system developed and implemented by Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Tectura Corp. adds industry-specific features to the core Microsoft Dynamics AX system. These add-ons include functionality to support various order entry and other customer service-related business processes, along with Supply Chain Execution for Microsoft Dynamics AX, a Microsoft Industry Builder initiative product created by Manhattan Associates Inc.
CRM vendor StayinFront has announced a three-year contract with Randox Laboratories, a privately owned diagnostic reagent and equipment manufacturer located in the U.K.
Randox selected StayinFront CRM for Life Sciences, Analytics and Workflow to "manage and facilitate consistent sales and marketing efforts and messaging across its entire sales and distribution network, which includes a representative presence in more than 130 countries on six continents," company officials say.
Yes, once again, Antarctica is cruelly ignored.
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