5 Significant Recent ERP Software Announcements For Manufacturers

Jun 24, 2011 12:00:00 AM


Manufacturing high tech parts, machinery or major consumer goods depends on significant processes – defined by near perfect integration of information.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software represents the key player tasked with ensuring this integration remains seamless.

Correspondingly, a significant announcement in the world of ERP software becomes a significant announcement for manufacturing – an industry so critical to our global quality of life.

Here then, are five significant recent ERP software announcements:

1. ERP Turns 21 As we reported earlier this year,2011 marks the 21st anniversary of enterprise resource planning.  How will it celebrate?  By enhancing its ability to integrate with Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and assimilating with the latest consumer oriented technologies (think: social media.)  How else would you expect a 21 year old to celebrate?

2. Lawson Software Is Acquired Next week, Lawson Software shareholders will vote to approve or reject a merger with GGC Software Holdings, an affiliate of Golden Gate Capital and Infor.  When we first reported on this in April, Lawson customers and prospects were in a bit of a scramble mode wondering what the future of Lawson would look like.  While we likely won’t know the answer with any certainty for  several months, we do know that the question of how ERP software will scale to meet your processes – now and in the future – is an answer any vendor must provide.

3. Rising Towards The Cloud “Starting approximately in 2013, only Microsoft will be able to offer pretty much any possible deployment model of its [ERP] software from a single code-base. ” Josh Greenbaum, Information Week

In other words, Microsoft Dynamics ERP software (full disclosure, the software I represent) will soon be available as a managed service – or in the cloud.

4. ERP Software Customers Not Planning To Upgrade Perhaps file this under ‘non-announcements.’

In relatively shocking news, a recent Forrester Survey (cited by Jeff Moad of Manufacturing Executive) indicates that 72% of ERP software customers do not plan to upgrade in 2011 – despite the fact that most upgrades can be had for little or no cost outlay.

(If you are among the companies still deciding whether you should upgrade, I’d be happy to walk you through a demo of the upgrades we’ve been working on.  Simply contact me through the To-Increase website.)

5. Microsoft Dynamics ERP Integrates With Siemens Teamcenter PLM We talk a lot here about ERP / PLM integration. But we’re more excited when we get to show you.


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Luciano Cunha

Luciano Cunha

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) For Luciano, being responsible for To-Increase’s global sales and marketing means unleashing the company’s insight, innovation, and creativity to tell our story and help customers achieve their goals. On the road much of the time, he travels the world to meet with customers, understand their challenges and ambitions, and find the most effective ways to help them advance. Luciano develops and mentors our marketing and sales team, and creates strategies to help the To-Increase worldwide partner channel thrive and grow.
Making Customer Needs the Main Business Driver Luciano and his team have daily conversations with the To-Increase research and development organization to bring customers’ requirements and concerns into the road maps and design of our solutions. Luciano brings his insight to the marketing group to make sure the company’s communications resonate with customers and speak directly to their experience.
“I’m awed by customers’ innovative spirit in taking business management technology past its limits and by their generosity in letting us participate and empower them. I hope to transform our organization to become even more customer-centric than we are today. That means making more resources available to spend productive time with both our customers and partners, so we can ensure that we place into customer businesses effective solutions that fit the evolutionary stage of their operation and the way their people and processes work.”
Empowering a Global Channel
Because To-Increase only sells through partners, readying the channel to be successful in helping customers is a business-critical effort. Luciano aims to meet partners where their interests are. Partners who consider the relationship with To-Increase strategic can rely on our industry specialists to work with them as they plan their growth and serve customers. If partners prefer a less collaborative relationship, they still receive the rich To-Increase expertise and resources to ensure they win the business, perform a successful deployment, and retain a satisfied customer. In working with partners and their customers, Luciano brings to bear his experience of many years of creating successful, customer-focused business development and marketing strategies in many of the world’s countries and regions.
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Looking into the near future, Luciano expects that customers will continue to expect To-Increase to help them make business sense of unfolding trends and technologies. For example, the internet of things (IoT) will thoroughly revolutionize manufacturing, engineering, and supply chains. Big data will be meaningful and valuable when decision-makers can use technology solutions to transform it into actionable business intelligence that supports key roles and business processes. Mobility will help companies become digital enterprises and move business processes forward from any location, at any time. Team To-Increase harnesses innovation to help customers translate the promise of these technologies into business results.
Before his current role, Luciano for several years was one of To-Increase’s global industry directors, responsible for our industry solutions. His experience also spans more than 17 years in IT and manufacturing management roles. These positions took him into various areas at IBM Brazil, serving as product manager for several software development companies, and included working in senior management at a manufacturing organization in the U.S.
Luciano is married with two young children. Away from work, he enjoys participating in a soccer class together with his son and daughter as well as taking relaxing walks in natural environments with his family.

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