The lure of the booming enterprise resource planning (ERP) market is seeing Platinum Software move further away from its heritage as a financial systems provider.
The latest release of its flagship product, Platinum SQL, is being touted as an ERP suite for mid-sized companies.
Platinum SQL 4.2 has been optimised for the 32-bit Microsoft Windows platform, and now incorporates business intelligence tools and collaborative budgeting capabilities.
In addition to migrating the Platinum SQL client from 16-bit to 32-bit, version 4.2 also introduces enterprise business intelligence tools: Platinum Explorer; Platinum Internet Object Server (IOS); and Crystal Info for Platinum.
According to company officials, Platinum Explorer integrates with the Windows desktop to enable users to navigate and manipulate data from multiple applications. It is the first of a number of applications Platinum plans to license from Business Objects to boost its ERP push.
The Platinum IOS is designed to allow both internal and external corporate users to access and retrieve data sources via the Internet. While extending the reach of Platinum SQL to remote users, officials claim the IOS's support of Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) allows users to "web enable" other enterprise data sources and integrate them with Platinum SQL.
The addition of Crystal Info for Platinum - a ported version of Seagate Software's Crystal Info business intelligence tool - to version 4.2, facilitates the automation of report distribution, scheduling, load balancing, fault tolerance and online analytical processing (OLAP).
Platinum SQL 4.2 also includes an enhanced Budget Manager suite offering collaborative budget management, planning and improved analysis capabilities, which enable users to manage distributed budgets.
Platinum SQL 4.2 is scheduled for release this week.
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