Lumenia in Seventh Heaven After Seventh Successful ERP HEADtoHEAD™

The seventh ERP HEADtoHEAD™ event held at the MK Dons Stadium in Milton Keynes was deemed an enormous success by attendees and vendors alike. The event welcomed 140 high level decision makers to compare 12 of the UK’s leading ERP vendors and their solutions, all under one roof.


The event taking place over two days and facilitated by leading independent ERP consultants, Lumenia, kicked off with an exciting head to head battle when all 12 vendors had four minutes each to introduce themselves to the attendees and convince them as to why it would be a good idea to attend their demonstration. The delegates then chose which session to attend, which were divided into Finance, Production, Procurement, Sales Quotation and High Volume Sales business processes.


Attendees also had the chance to listen to a panel discussion from industry end users sharing their experiences of implementing an ERP system as well as an engaging vendor-independent presentation from Lumenia Consulting on ‘Implementing ERP Successfully – Lessons Learned’. Vendors were also on hand on the expo floor to discuss their solutions in more depth and answer questions.

The event closed with the announcement of the winner of the “ERP HEADtoHEAD™ Best Vendor Demonstration – UK 2017”. Intact IQ demonstrated by Intact Software was the 2017 winner with an overall delegate satisfaction rating of 89.6%.

“We have received very positive feedback both from vendors and attendees on the ERP HEADtoHEAD™. Each event gets bigger and better and we are now planning the next one in Dublin in October 2017 with a return to the UK in March 2018”, commented Sean Jackson, Managing Director, Lumenia. Over the years, attendees have included leading manufacturers, distributors and retailers from a range of industries. Comments from among the attendees included: “Excellent event and very good use of my time”; “Very useful to compare all the products at the same time”.

The next event takes place in Dublin in October 2017, followed by the UK event in March 2018. For further information and to pre-register check out the event website

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Datalliance Receives Consumer Goods Technology Magazine Readers’ Choice Recognition

Datalliance, the leading global provider of Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) platform services, today announced that readers of Consumer Goods Technology (CGT) magazine have voted for Datalliance as one of their top Supply Chain Planning solution providers. The recognition is based on a survey conducted in late 2016 by CGT and was announced in the February issue of the magazine. In the survey, representatives from the world’s leading consumer goods companies voted for the technology solution providers they consider among the best of those they use today.


“We are proud to be named by our customers as one of the leaders in the industry,” said Carl Hall, Datalliance President and CEO.  “Just as importantly, we see these results as further indication that Vendor Managed Inventory is seen by consumer goods companies as being among their most important supply chain and customer service programs. When companies come to us to help upgrade and enhance their VMI programs, they want a platform that’s proven, but they also want to leverage the innovative new capabilities we are continually building into the VMI process. This recognition is evidence that our customers are achieving their goals of closer collaborative relationships with their retailer partners, higher on-shelf availability, increased scalability and reduced operating costs using the Datalliance platform.”

The Datalliance VMI platform and support services are used by many of the largest and best-known consumer products companies around the world.

About the Readers’ Choice 2016 Survey:
This benchmark issue draws on feedback from consumer goods executives to rank service and solution providers in the following categories: Supply Chain Execution, Supply Chain Planning, CRM, TPM, Retail Execution, ERP, New Product Development and Introduction, Business Intelligence, Demand Data Analytics, Consulting, Social Media, Mobility and Outsourcing. Results are spotlighted in the February 2017 edition of CGT magazine in print and online.

Source: Nasdaq GlobeNewswire

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Atos delivers first applications for Siemens MindSphere IoT operating system

Six Atos Codex mobile apps now available for MindSphere to manage manufacturing production processes and improve plant efficiency


Atos, a leader in digital transformation, is the first partner to deliver mobile applications for MindSphere, the open, cloud-based IoT (Internet of Things) operating system from Siemens. These applications enable manufacturers to access and analyze production data via their mobile devices, enabling them to efficiently manage production, resolve conflict and optimize resources to improve plant productivity. The first six MindSphere applications from Atos include the Manufacturing Sustainability App and the Production Confirmation App.

The apps integrate the production data with that from the various management systems, such as Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). Using Big Data Analytics, the apps enable users to receive role-specific and position-specific data about the current and future status of production. With these apps users are able to respond to and manage emerging problems in the production process in a timely manner, streamlining production processes. These Atos apps will be available to end-users in MindSphere version 2.0.

“Our IoT operating system MindSphere coupled with these new applications create concrete added value for customers,” says Dr. Ralf Wagner, COO MindSphere at Siemens. “We are delighted that Atos is committed to this open ecosystem and is creating specific solutions on this basis.”

“Atos is one of the first partners of MindSphere. We bring integration, infrastructure, consulting and security services as well as expertise in the development of ready-to-use applications, in order to seamlessly connect MindSphere customers with their existing IT systems” said Philippe Miltin, senior vice president of Manufacturing, Retail and Transportation, Atos. “Our objective is to provide more applications over the coming year.”

Source: Nasdaq GlobeNewswire

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Microsoft Leads in Burgeoning SaaS Market; Oracle and Google are on a Charge

New Q4 data from Synergy Research Group shows that the enterprise SaaS market grew 32% year on year to reach almost $13 billion in quarterly revenues, with ERP and collaboration being the highest growth segments. For the third successive quarter Microsoft is the clear leader in overall enterprise SaaS, having overtaken long-time market leader Salesforce. Other leading SaaS providers include SAP, Oracle, Adobe, ADP, IBM, Workday, Intuit, Cisco and Google. Among the major SaaS vendors those with the highest growth rates were Oracle and Google, the latter thanks to a big push for its G Suite collaborative apps.

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The enterprise SaaS market is somewhat mature compared to other cloud markets like IaaS and PaaS and consequently has a lower growth rate. Nonetheless, Synergy forecasts that it will more than double in size over the next three years, with strong growth across all segments and all geographic regions.

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“There are a variety of factors driving the SaaS market which will guarantee substantial growth for many years to come,” said John Dinsdale, a Chief Analyst and Research Director at Synergy Research Group. “Traditional enterprise software vendors like SAP, Oracle and IBM are all pushing to convert their huge base of on-premise software customers to a SaaS subscription relationship. Meanwhile relatively new cloud-based vendors like Workday and Zendesk are aggressively targeting the enterprise market and industry giants Microsoft and Google are on a charge to grow their subscriber bases, especially in the collaboration market.”

Source: Nasdaq GlobeNewswire

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Canias ERP to Expand in South Korea – MICROPOLIS and IAS signed exclusive partnership

IAS, the international producer of Canias ERP, has teamed up with the South Korean software provider MICROPOLIS. The new sales and implementation partnership has already led to inquiries from potential new customers in Korea.


Karlsruhe, February 2017 – Industrial Application Software (IAS) and MICROPOLIS recently announced the launch of a strategic partnership. IAS is a mid-sized software and consulting firm that for 27 years has been advancing the optimization and integration of business processes at companies around the world using its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, Canias ERP.

MICROPOLIS is a Seoul-based mid-sized service provider of solutions for risk simulation, for ERP, for BI & OLAP and for many other areas of business management, in particular compliance management and accounting control systems. Its customers include financial service providers and world-renowned companies in electronics and engineering such as Samsung, Mitsubishi and Hyundai. Its large customer base and excellent business relationships make MICROPOLIS the perfect partner for IAS to ensure a successful market launch not only in Korea but also in the whole region of East Asia. There have already been promising talks with potential customers interested in the new software solution for the Korean market

Canias ERP is a perfect addition to MICROPOLIS’s existing products in the areas of EPM and compliance. “We are very impressed with Canias ERP– the extensive services portfolio, the well-designed software architecture, the flexibility and the compelling ease of use,” says MICROPOLIS CEO Myoung Kim, “Together with our partners here in Korea, we have strong distribution channels and qualified consultants for a successful market launch of Canias ERP.”

Behic Ferhatoglu, the CEO of the IAS group, is very pleased with the new partnership and looks forward to the collaboration. “Together with our complete solution Canias ERP.  and our partner MICROPOLIS we will now be able to offer many mid-sized companies in Korea an fully integrated software solution in which all business processes are closely interconnected,” Ferhatoglu stated. “We are convinced that the arrival of a new software provider in Korea will boost regional competition in Asia and have a positive long-term effect on the market.”

Mesud Ozturk, General Coordinator of IAS has added “The launch of Canias ERP.  on the Korean market means new opportunities for Canias ERP.  in East Asia and marks a big step forward for IAS.”

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