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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Acumatica Releases Version 2.2 of its Cloud Accounting, ERP, and CRM Software

New features improve capabilities for wholesale distributors, manufacturers, multi-national companies, and service companies.

On August 17, 2011 Acumatica released the latest version of its Cloud ERP software that includes several customer driven enhancements such as automated bank reconciliation, inventory allocation by sales order, expanded replenishment algorithms, flexible payment remittance, and more. Cloud and on-premise customers can choose to install these updates at a time that is convenient to them.

“Acumatica responded quickly to our needs by delivering inventory allocation features that are critical to our distribution business,” said Ehren Dimitry, President at AME Corporation. “Even after my initial purchase, I was able to work closely with product experts who were able to configure the upgrade for my business.”

Acumatica 2.2 includes changes and updates to the financial, distribution, and customer management modules. Many features were implemented based on customer requests while others were built to expand the reach of Acumatica in the wholesale distribution, manufacturing, retail, and service industry verticals. The changes were built using the Acumatica web development platform to ensure compatibility with existing security settings, reporting capabilities, customizations, and third party modules.

“Our advanced platform design allows us to rapidly publish new releases without breaking customizations made by partners and customers,” said Ali Jani, Vice President of Product Management at Acumatica. “This is critical for our mid-sized customers who want to take advantage of Cloud technologies but require software that adapts to their unique business processes.”

SaaS customers and license customers with up-to-date maintenance contracts can get the latest release by contacting their value added reseller (VAR) to schedule an upgrade. Details about the release can be downloaded from the Acumatica Cloud ERP website.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Lawson M3 Product Line Set to Receive Significant Investment with Infor Technology

Infor and Lawson Software said the direction of the M3 product line is strategic to the growth of Lawson, and that the development plan is to deliver complete industry suites built around the core M3 application. Lawson M3 solutions are designed for companies that make, move and maintain products or equipment.

The Infor and Lawson M3 product development teams have initially focused on three levels of adding value to M3 customers: 1) the user experience; 2) technology and 3) applications.

"We are truly looking to bring the best of both companies to provide immediate value to M3 customers," said Henrik Billgren, vice president, Lawson product management. "One example is the user experience with the Lawson Smart Office and Infor Workspace products. We see Lawson Smart Office as ideal for the power users within an organization, while Infor Workspace is great for the day-to-day workplace user. We are also looking to bring Lawson's mashup designer capabilities and Lawson Enterprise Search into Infor Workspace."

Among the planned benefits to the user experience include a unified look and feel, single sign-on, improved navigation, and in-context business intelligence.

At the technology level, the development teams have focused on using Infor ION, an innovative interoperability architecture, as a bridge to M3 Collaborator to create a unified and uniform middleware stack. This major advancement in M3 architecture will connect and deliver end-to-end processes across disparate applications, whether they are M3, Infor, home-grown, or third-party applications.

Lastly, at the application level, the initial work has focused on building out industry suites for the core M3 verticals: manufacturing, distribution, fashion, food and beverage, and equipment service management & rental. First examples are targeted at the process manufacturing and distribution verticals with Process Supply Chain Scheduling, Process Product Lifecycle Management, Corporate Performance Management (leveraging M3 Opportunity Analyzer), and Warehouse Management integrated with the core M3 application.

"Over the past five years, the Global Association of M3 User Groups (GAM3) has witnessed significant improvements in the functionality and technical advances, such as Smart Office and Enterprise Search, to the Java-based M3 ERP software," said Graham Maxfield, general manager of GAM3, which represents all M3 customers worldwide. "Following the acquisition of Lawson, GAM3 anticipates that these advances will continue and will accelerate to the benefit of M3 customers, both existing and new."

About Lawson Software

Lawson Software is an Infor affiliate with more than 4,500 customers worldwide, primarily in specific services, trade and manufacturing/distribution industries.

About Infor

Infor is a leading provider of business software and services, helping more than 70,000 customers in 164 countries improve operations and drive growth. To learn more about Infor, please visit

Saturday, August 20, 2011

VAI Webinar: Automate sales tax compliance with ADP's Sales & Use Tax System

August 24, 2011 at 2:00pm EST

Are you managing an array of sales tax challenges such as tax rate changes, tax law changes and additions, tax form changes, increase in audits and/or agency notices? If you answered yes to any of these issues then VAI & ADP can help alleviate those challenges. VAI and ADP have partnered to provide VAI S2K Enterprise customers access to ADP's Sales and Use Tax System which automates the sales tax compliance process in its entirety. ADP's sales tax solution provides significant time savings, reduce costs, and mitigate the risk of calculation and filing errors through S2K Enterprise Software.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

VAI Webinar: VAI Solution for HVAC

August 23, 2011 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

VAI S2K Enterprise Management Software is an end-to-end integrated enterprise solution that has helped companies in the Plumbing / HVAC industry for over 30 years. S2K ERP features include Inventory Management, Warehouse Management, Counter Sales, Service and Repair, Non-Stock Special Orders, Serial Number Tracking, Complementary and Substitute Items, Kit and Manufacturing Capabilities, Dynamic Sales Reporting, Contract Pricing / Pricing Matrix, Orders, Quotes, Return Authorizations, Credits, Direct Shipments, and much more. S2K ERP software system has helped companies such as Sid Harvey Industries automate and optimize every aspect of its operations – from sales and inventory management to finance and e-commerce.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

VAI Webinar: 15 Minute Coffee Break on VAI S2K e-Commerce

August 18, 2011 at 1:00pm EST

Taking advantage of e-Commerce is much more than simply opening up a new, on-line sales channel. It’s about using technology to streamline your business model, creating savings, and increasing efficiency. VAI offers a suite of e-business solutions that allow you to leverage the opportunities that the web provides.

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

VAI Webinar: 15 Minute Coffee Break on VAI Sales Force Management

August 11, 2011 at 1:00pm EST

Companies are always looking for ways to bridge the communication gap between in-office and their mobile sales force. Using the latest web technology, VAI S2K Sales Force allows you to integrate your enterprise data with mobile computing devices, such as the new Apple iPad and iPhone, giving your field sales force easy access to customer and product information at the point of customer contact.

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

VAI Webinar: VAI S2K Retail

August 10, 2011 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

VAI S2K Retail Management Software leverages innovative technology to create integrated enterprise solutions. Our software package provides comprehensive turnkey solutions that optimize and centralize information across platforms. By increasing productivity and streamlining retail operations, VAI’s advanced software gives management teams the ability to move merchandise more effectively and eliminate costly delays. Money saving opportunities abound with this dynamic enterprise application, which excels at maximizing effectiveness across all levels of your business. Through our enduring partnership with IBM, VAI offers the security you’ve come to expect from an industry leader, while providing the innovative enterprise solutions that growing businesses demand. By enhancing the software infrastructure of companies, VAI S2K Retail Management Software enables companies to achieve effective integration.

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