QAD Enterprise Applications 2014 reaches around the globe

In this news roundup, read about the new QAD Enterprise Applications 2014, a Mint Jutras report on SYSPRO and mobile ERP, and a lawsuit against NetSuite.

QAD launches Enterprise Applications 2014

Manufacturing ERP software provider QAD Inc. has released the latest edition of its Enterprise Applications package. QAD Enterprise Applications 2014 features new capabilities that are focused on improving quality control and management, providing a better user experience and making international deployments easier, the company said.

The new version, available as either an on-premises suite or via the QAD cloud, expands its potential for global use by supporting standards for 53 countries. It also includes a role-based navigation model, which allows for predefined standard roles throughout the organization.

"QAD Enterprise Applications 2014 introduces significant new features and enhancements to the existing capabilities available throughout the application," said Bill Keese, QAD senior vice president of research and development. "We are very proud of this release and believe this release offers something for all of our customers who value user experience, focus on quality and require flexibility for global deployments."

SYSPRO turns mobile eye toward executives

ERP vendor SYSPRO's Expresso mobile suite has been featured in a new report by consulting firm Mint Jutras titled "Can SYSPRO Put a Genius in a Manufacturing Executive's Pocket." The report looked at the growing demand from executives for better mobile accessibility of their ERP systems.

According to the report, 32% of executives are asking for business intelligence from their chosen devices, but many of them don't realize that most of the data they need can be found within their ERP systems.

Report author and Mint Jutras President Cindy Jutras pointed to SYSPRO as a leader in bringing ERP mobility to executives. "SYSPRO has taken many steps to insure that SYSPRO 7 Espresso provides a 'leading edge' solution without losing sight of what manufacturers and distributors really need," she said.

NetSuite's "broken" ERP promises bring legal woes

Major ERP provider NetSuite became the target of a lawsuit by a disgruntled customer this week. Pickens, South Carolina-based textiles manufacturer Kentwool claims NetSuite failed to deliver on promises made as part of a one-year contract.

According to the lawsuit, NetSuite promised Kentwool that its manufacturing, inventory, purchasing and financial operations would operate together in one platform. Kentwool claims that although the promised completion date of October 1, 2013 has passed, its software "continues to fail to operate as originally represented by NetSuite."

NetSuite has not released a public statement on the impending lawsuit.

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