Stories by Stannie Holt

  • CA hopes InterBiz will unify business apps

    Computer Associates hopes to meld several acquired lines of aging business applications into a state-of-the-art electronic commerce and enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite called interBiz, teaching them to speak each others' language and endowing them with additional functionality from its own basic technology.

  • Cisco teams with vendors to become e-commerce resource

    Looking to play matchmaker to medium-size companies planning to get into e-commerce, Cisco Systems announced on Monday that it is partnering with a variety of vendors, resellers, and integrators to offer one-stop shopping for e-commerce suites, networking hardware, and services.

  • Vertical customers get taste of cut-down ERP

    Two major application vendors, SAP and PeopleSoft, are now touting faster, cheaper, more effective ways to get up and running. SAP announced the availability of its Accelerated Automotive package of pre-configured software and implementation services late last month. It is the latest in a series of SAP Accelerated packages for small-to-medium customers in specific industries.

  • ERP vendors turn to BackWeb

    The equivalent of an office full of assistants is what BackWeb Technologies hopes to put into sales and customer service suites from SAP AG and Baan. Both enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors recently announced that they are reselling integrated versions of BackWeb's Internet information-gathering modules.

  • SAP to launch application portal on Web

    ERP software giant SAP will soon make its entry into the Internet portal space with a Yahoo-like site dubbed MySAP, according to sources familiar with the project. The vendor is expected to announce its plans at SAPphire in Nice, France, next week. MySAP is intended to lure SAP's existing ERP application customers, and potential customers, to a public Web site that offers free or cheap information and services, the official said.

  • SAP applications to get overdue Web facelift

    SAP's enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications, which for the most part are as gray and boxy as The Wall Street Journal's pages, are getting a much-needed Web-style makeover with simpler navigation, colour, and even 3-D illusions.

  • Baan forecasts large loss, cancels user shows

    Plagued by financial losses, ERP (enterprise resource planning) software vendor Baan is trying to cut costs wherever possible, including cancelling its two major user group shows this year and possibly imposing staff layoffs in the future.

  • Baan Builds Front-Office Bridge to SAP

    In an effort to extend its reach, enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor Baan is building connectors to easily integrate its sales and service suite, BaanFrontOffice, with manufacturing and financial applications from rival SAP.

  • SAP tightens its grip on the Internet space

    Business software vendor SAP has announced it intends to use Internet technologies, such as Java and Extensible Markup Language (XML), to build future versions of its applications. According to Peter Graf, SAP's director of technology marketing, the company plans to start writing new enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications in Java as well as in its own development language, ABAP Objects.

  • ERP market outlook remains strong

    Although many of the biggest companies making enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications, such as PeopleSoft, Baan and SAP AG, have seen their stock prices slide in the last few months, the current worldwide economic turmoil and the year 2000 problem will probably only put a minor dent in the market for ERP, according to a report released late last month by AMR Research.

  • SAP extends ERP empire

    Already the world's largest vendor of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, SAP will seek to further bolster its core R/3 suite while trying to expand its reach even further up the supply chain and deliver packages tailored to nearly every major industry.