News roundup: New home 3-D printer could paint disaster for makeup industry

In this week's news roundup, learn about the Mink 3-D cosmetics printer, Sage's latest ERP release and the slow growth of the ERP market.

3-D cosmetics printer gives good face at TechCrunch Disrupt

Harvard Business School grad Grace Choi unveiled her Mink makeup 3-D printer at this year's TechCrunch Disrupt conference. The Mink allows the user to create makeup -- blush, eye shadow, lipstick and more -- in any color imaginable and print it out right from home. The printer uses the same standard substrates found in factory-made makeup, which means the printed cosmetics are basically identical in quality from what could be purchased in stores.

"You don't have to spend any money or resources on actually getting the makeup, and the price per unit is going to be around the same as mass retailers, but with the most color options of any brand in the world," said Choi.

The Mink will debut next year for around $200, making it affordable for Choi's target 13-21 age demographic. What this all will mean for the makeup industry remains to be seen, but the gauntlet has certainly been thrown.

Sage launches ERP X3 Version 7

Sage North America announced the release of Version 7 of its ERP X3 package this week.  The new version features a redesigned web and mobile interface that can be customized by users and runs on multiple browsers. Other features of Sage ERP X3 Version 7 include a mobility development kit that is compatible with Apple iOS, Windows Phone and most Google Android devices, new web applications and search features and integration with Microsoft Office.

"A company's ability to win new customers and grow their business profitably comes down to how well employees can access, share and use the information that they have," said Christophe Letellier, CEO for Sage ERP X3. "Version 7 helps companies grow forward with faster, simpler and more flexible ERP."

Gartner report finds slow growth in global ERP market

A new research study by Gartner this week revealed that the worldwide ERP software market showed just 3.8% growth in 2013. This is a slight improvement over the 2.2% growth posted in 2012, the report said, but still much slower than ideal for ERP vendors around the globe.

The study also showed that SAP remains the ERP market leader, with $6.1 billion in ERP software sales in 2013. Oracle came in second with $3.117 billion in sales. Sage was third with $1.5 billion, Infor fourth with $1.5 billion and Microsoft brought up the rear in fifth with $1.169 billion.

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