Geac gears up for the e-economy

Geac gears up for the e-economy

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor Geac has announced the consolidation of its various ERP operations into a single business unit to be known as Geac Enterprise solutions.

The changes will see previously separate areas, such as asset management solutions and financial analysis, come under the one umbrella.

Norbert Kiss, Geac general manager enterprise solutions division told ARN the changes have been in the pipeline since January this year, and will prepare the company to offer full business support software including e-commerce strategies.

"The changes that we are now announcing are essentially external, internally we are well prepared and will not see any upset to our day to day operations," Kiss said.

The internal changes follow the recent acquisition of JBA Holdings and the announcement of bumper Q4 and year-end results.

Kiss told ARN that the acquisition of JBA had provided an important injection of skills into the Geac structure, which would enable further development. He also said that the new corporate structure was implemented only after extensive sales and support training.

"The changes are essentially about centralising our operations, so that our end-users get seamless support and product implementation," he said. "Once a client has made a significant investment in an ERP solution they aren't prepared to overhaul their system again in order to implement e-commerce solutions."

While Geac does not have extensive dealings with channel partners, Kiss believes that there are some important partnering opportunities in the areas of CRM and e-commerce.

According to Kiss, Geac looks to partner with specialist resellers that can complement the Geac offerings with best of breed products from other vendors.

Although the changes are set to facilitate end-user relationships, Kiss believes that Geac's current partners will see little difference.

"Essentially the changes are all about Geac shifting away from being the traditional vendor role to, and becoming more involved in the enterprise solution area, where we provide a full service from the back office right through to online offerings."

The 1999-2000 financial year saw the ERP vendor posting a 27.8 per cent increase for the three-month period to April 30. Geac takings grew to $US990 million up from $US780 million the previous year.

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