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Perforce acquires 21 Labs, scriptless shifts-left

Perforce Software this summer acquired 21 Labs, an AI-based mobile testing provider that helps businesses deliver quality software faster. Perforce works extensively in the software application development space (and does a lot of work in the video games sector) and describes itself as a provider of software for teams requiring productivity, visibility and scale along

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IFS growth trajectory continues

IFS has announced its financial results for the first half of 2021, showing an impressive 79 percent year-on-year increase in cloud revenue. Software revenue was SEK 2.6bn (approx £218m), an increase of 20 percent year-on-year, whilst recurring revenue was up 27 percent year-on-year at SEK 2bn, representing more than 80 percent of software revenue. The proportion

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Cloud bookings up for Unit4

Unit4 has reported results for Q2 and the first half of 2021, ending 30 June 2021, showing a 59 percent year-on-year increase in cloud bookings in Q2 and 40 percent across the half. Cloud subscription revenue grew 25 percent in Q2 compared to the previous year, but slowed from the 28 percent growth Unit4 saw

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Cognizant

Cognizant acquires data specialist TQS Integration

Cognizant has announced the acquisition of TQS Integration, a privately owned global industrial data and intelligence company based in Ireland, to enhance its smart manufacturing offerings.  TQS delivers manufacturing data intelligence, global technology consulting and digital systems integration to help manufacturers accelerate their digital transformations and serves clients across the life sciences, food and beverage

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Scott Russell

SAP to invest €250m in the UK

SAP is set to make a €250m investment in the UK over the next five years as part of its growth strategy. The investment will see the company launch SAP UK data cloud, establish new offices in London and Manchester, further develop the company’s award-winning internship programme and increase spend with the nation’s social enterprises. The

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IFS acquires Customerville

IFS has announced it has acquired customer experience platform Customerville, to help IFS customers increase engagement with their own customers, improve revenue and profitability and drive product, service and outcome innovation. Customerville is a design-driven feedback™ technology provider that elevates feedback and listening across the customer journey, blending technology, design and behavioural science to emulate

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Zoom to buy Five9 in $15bn transaction

Zoom has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Five9 Inc., a provider of the intelligent cloud contact centre, in an all-stock transaction valued at $14.7bn. The acquisition is expected to help enhance Zoom’s presence with enterprise customers and allow it to accelerate its long-term growth opportunity by adding the $24bn contact

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Nokia dials into blockchain-powered data marketplace

Known the world over for its classic ringtone that inspired a whole series of comedy sketches, Nokia has entered the data marketplace race. The company this year announced the launch of Nokia Data Marketplace as-a-service (Ed: would that be NDM-aaS?) with the aim of facilitating secure sharing (and, crucially, monetisation) of data and AI models.

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KX is A-OK with Databricks for ultra-real-time

The interestingly named KX is a specialist in real-time streaming analytics. The company has partnered with data AI company Databricks to accelerate the growth of what it calls ultra-real-time analytics in new market sectors. The partnership combines the Databricks Lakehouse platform with KX’s low latency streaming analytics, time-series and edge compute capabilities. It is hoped that

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Finalists announced for the ERP Today Awards

The incredible response to the ERP Today Awards & Fundraiser event continued with an overwhelming volume of quality entries into each of the Awards’ categories. The high calibre of each nomination made the shortlisting task challenging, but finally, we’re proud to announce the finalists here.  The judging will take place independently by a panel of experts

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Police

Cheshire Constabulary chooses Unit4

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire has selected Unit4’s ERP, FP&A and HCM solutions to deliver an integrated information infrastructure supporting Cheshire’s police force. Cheshire Constabulary is a UK territorial police force, responsible for policing an area of 946 square miles with 2,199 police officers, 204 PCSOs, 201 special constables and 1611 staff. Currently on

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OMB Valves

Infor continues to grow global footprint

Infor has further expanded its global client base following selection by OMB Valves, the Italian manufacturer of valves for the oil and gas, power, shipbuilding, and aerospace sectors, to digitise its complex business processes and unify its management strategy. OMB Valves will implement Infor CloudSuite Industrial Enterprise as its core technology platform, a project which

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Forterro enters UK, buys 123 Insight

Forterro sounds like it could be a brand of 1980s retro ice cream, a sporty but surprisingly spacious new model from Fiat or Masserati, or perhaps a ‘battle royale’ style MMORG shoot-em-up release for Xbox Series S and PlayStation. In fact, it’s not of these things. Forterro is a software shop that offers a portfolio

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ServiceNow announces multimillion-euro investment in EU services

ServiceNow has announced new service delivery developments that will allow customers to request to have their EU hosted data always handled exclusively within the EU. The new offering builds on ServiceNow’s existing legal, technical, and organisational safeguards and will provide simple solutions to help customers meet their compliance obligations. It follows developments raised by the Schrems

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Acumatica announces opening of new London office

Acumatica, a fastest-growing, global cloud ERP company, announced the opening of its new London office and the hiring of Deljit (Del) Singh as country manager for the UK.  In this role, Singh will lead partner and customer-facing operations in the UK and Ireland with the current in-country Acumatica workforce and new hires. Singh will define and execute the overall country strategy

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Infor sells EAM system to Hexagon for $2.75bn

When Infor announced its intention to sell its enterprise asset management (EAM) business to Hexagon, a digital reality solutions company, we immediately thought, why? It can’t be about the money – despite the astronomical sale price, Infor is owned by Koch Industries, one of the best capitalised enterprises in the world. When ERP Today met

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Blue Prism: reworking the human-machine dovetail join

Goodness, do you remember (like, inside the last decade) when we as the tech industry were only just getting to grips with automation? Back in the good old pre-millennial age, we most of considered any reasonable element of robotics, auto-driven mechanisation or automation to be comparatively smart compared to much of what had gone before.

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Oracle

Deutsche Bank partners with Oracle to accelerate tech modernisation

Deutsche Bank has announced a multi-year collaboration with Oracle to modernise the bank’s database technology and accelerate its digital transformation. The agreement will see Deutsche Bank upgrade its existing database systems and migrate the bulk of its Oracle database estate to an on-premise deployment option of the Oracle Exadata Cloud service, to support applications that

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Unit4 splits student information system business

Unit4 has separated out its student information (SIS) business, with the new dedicated SIS business operating under the brand of Thesis to focus on innovation in higher education. The announcement follows the strategic growth buyout of Unit4’s global ERP lines of business by TA Associates for $2bn earlier this year. Thesis offers a transformative SaaS

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UiPath automates automation implementation

Enterprises have been waking up to automation. It’s no secret, the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the various strains of machine learning (ML) that compose it are impacting the way firms in all business verticals are thinking about modernising their IT stacks. But there’s a problem, or perhaps a challenge… as automated as automation

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Steve Hare

Sage sets out ambitious sustainability targets

Sage has pledged to achieve net zero emissions by 2040 and to halve its carbon emissions by 2030, as part of its ambitious new sustainability and society strategy. Through the strategy – ‘knocking down barriers’ – Sage aims to tackle societal and economic inequality, supporting a new generation of diverse and sustainable businesses as well

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QAD is acquired by Thoma Bravo

QAD is set to be acquired by Thoma Bravo in a deal that values the business at approximately $2bn. Once the transaction has been completed, QAD will become a private company with the flexibility to continue investing in the development and deployment of ERP and related enterprise software for manufacturing companies on an international scale.

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Agilyx-and-Myriad

Agilyx Group announces merger with Myriad Consulting – strengthening Unit4 expertise in the UK

Agilyx Group, a global change-ready technology services organisation, announced today that it has entered into a binding agreement to merge its UK operations with Myriad Consulting, an independent Unit4 partner based in the UK. This collaboration, effective from the 1st of July, brings together Agilyx Group’s 20-year history in delivering and providing development solutions, with Myriad Consulting’s 15

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Oracle

Oracle expands renewable energy pledges

Oracle has expanded its commitment to sustainability by pledging to power its global operations – both its facilities and its cloud – with 100 percent renewable energy by 2025. Oracle’s latest renewable energy goal builds on its existing sustainability priorities, including: Clean cloud: Oracle maintains its goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy use at all next-generation

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European malting company aims to harvest business data with Infor

Infor has announced that Finnish grain, malting and food manufacturing company Polttimo has implemented Infor CloudSuite food & beverage in five European countries.  Delivered via multi-tenant cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS) across Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Poland and Lithuania, the application aims to help harmonise technology and ways of working leading to better traceability and operational transparency. Polttimo

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IATA switches to Rimini Street for integrated support and application management services

Rimini Street, Inc. a global provider of enterprise software products and services, third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products and a Salesforce partner, today announced that International Air Transport Association (IATA), the commercial aviation trade association headquartered in Montreal, Canada, has switched to Rimini Street support and application management services (AMS) for its SAP ECC 6.0

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Vuealta puts the P in strategic supply chain ERP-lanning

Of its three central acronym components, ERP specialists are all too often focused on E for ‘enterprise’ goals, targets, deliverables and profits margins. While R for ‘resources’ comes a close second as ERP systems work to apply big data analytics engine power to the coalface of live operational systems, it is P for ‘planning’ that

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Epicor energises Kinetic to ‘manufacture’ new ERP brand

Epicor has released Kinetic, a cloud-based ERP solution built with manufacturers, for manufacturers. The company insists that there should be no one-size-fits all ERP solution. As such, it designs tailored, custom-aligned technology platforms that it says are ‘laser focused’ on the needs of the end-to-end supply chain industries it exclusively serves, one of which is manufacturing, obviously.

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SUSE goes public

SUSE, the open source Linux and Kubernetes platform provider, has gone public. Despite a lukewarm reception from the Frankfurt market, its debut valued the business at more than $5bn.  SUSE had hoped shares would trade between €30 and €34 but they opened slightly under the lower limit at €29.50 and, at the time of writing,

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OpenText gets pumped for SAP RISE

Information management company OpenText used its (virtual) engagement at SAP’s Sapphire NOW conference to detail its latest wares. The company’s data management tools are offered as SAP Solution Extensions to complement the RISE with SAP package; they are designed to drive organisations on their journey to SAP S/4HANA Cloud implementations. As a so-called ‘solution extension’ in this

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Slack Q1 results top expectations

Slack has reported its first quarter fiscal 2022 results, revealing a 36 percent year-on-year increase in total revenue to $273.4m.  With its $27.7 bn acquisition by Salesforce still ongoing, Slack said it added 13,000 net new paid customers during Q1, including 102 paid customers that will generate annual recurring revenue greater than $100,000. Slack ends Q1 with 169,000

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Anton Chilton

Growth in Q1 revenue for QAD

QAD, a provider of manufacturing and supply chain solutions in the cloud, has reported its first quarter fiscal 2022 results, showing a growth in total revenue to $83m.

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HPE reports double-digit revenue growth

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) the global, edge-to-cloud Platform-as-a-Service company has reported fiscal second-quarter earnings that beat expectations as it returned to revenue growth for the first time since 2018.  The household name in computing reported a profit before certain costs such as stock compensation of 46 cents per share on revenue of $6.7 billion which is up 11

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Fugro selects IFS to harmonise project-oriented processes

Geodata specialist, Fugro, will implement a cloud-based ERP solution from IFS as part of a company-wide initiative to bring staff together in one collaborative way of working on a centralised technological framework, and to help unify the people, processes and business data across its global operations.

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Epicor Acquires KBMax a Technology Leader in the CPQ Market

Epicor, a global leader of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, announced today that it has acquired Configure Price Quote (CPQ) and visualisation software provider KBMax. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.  KBMax software solutions will be marketed under the Epicor brand as a stand-alone module within the company’s productivity suite, aligning seamlessly with

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Centrica names Cognizant as Exclusive Partner for SAP Business Process Transformation

Professional services company, Cognizant, has been selected by leading international energy services and solutions company, Centrica, as the sole technology services partner to manage and transform the SAP environment supporting its UK operations.  Centrica provides energy supply and services to 10 million business and residential customers in the UK, making its SAP enterprise system one of the UK

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Workday unveils talent investment and expansion plans

Workday Inc., the enterprise cloud application provider for finance and human resources, has revealed plans to create 2,500 new roles and expand office locations to create new talent pools.   The business announced this week the plans to expand office locations to open up new talent pools, alongside major investment in recruitment programs and technologies

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Snowflake reports strong Q1 financial results

Financial results released today (27 May 2021) by Data Cloud company Snowflake (NYSE: SNOW), reveal 110% year-on-year growth in revenue and product revenue in Q1 of the 2021/2022 financial year. Revenue for the quarter was $228.9m, representing 110% year-over-year growth.  Product revenue for the quarter was $213.8m, representing 110% year-over-year growth.  Remaining performance obligations were $1.4 billion,

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Thick-client ERP less effective for remote workers?

We all know about the shift to remote working as a result of the global contagion caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. While supermarket workers, healthcare staff and agricultural, logistics, transport industry employees have all continued to play their invaluable roles in the field, many workers have obviously been confined to working from home. A new

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London

Tech firm HCL expands investment in the UK

Leading global technology company, HCL Technologies (HCL) has announced the expansion of investment in the UK with the recruitment of 1000 technology professionals to support its clients in the UK and around the world.

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Boomi Says Roomy Is Groovy, But Composable ERP Needs Connectivity

Cloud-based integration Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS) company Boomi has had a fairly tempestuous adolescence in the 21 years it has walked this earth. The company has been variously acquired (by Dell) and then focused on its own sub-brand acquisitions before then being acquired by Francisco Partners and TPG Capital in May of this year, the Boomi board

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University of Oxford and Oracle partner in identification of COVID-19 variants

Oracle has recently announced undoubtedly lucrative partnerships with Honda Red Bull Racing and The Premier League. But taking into account where the world finds itself right now, with the emergence of COVID-19 variants threatening to slow the global recovery, Oracle is also taking great strides in the fight against COVID-19. Oracle is a key sponsor of the ERP Today Awards

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Advanced World 2021 – Software Powered Agility

My journey into the world of ERP is in its infancy and as every new recruit should, I relish the chance to devour information, knowledge and opinions on the industry that I find myself in for the first time. In early March I was invited to Advanced World 2021, where the theme of the conference

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Making A Beeline To Honeycombed BI

There’s an intelligence problem with Business Intelligence (BI) software. Magical technology analyst house Gartner suggests that, typically, it sees enterprise organisations running an average of 3.8 ABI (Analytics & Business Intelligence) tools… and, plainly, that’s not connected smartness. This type of software deployment is often referred to as spaghetti code, application- and software-sprawl, shadow IT

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Briggs of Burton Rises to Global Challenges with SAP S/4HANA Cloud and Sapphire Systems

SAP SE today announced that Briggs of Burton, the hygienic process engineering company, has selected RISE with SAP to drive its business transformation into the cloud with leading digital operating platform provider Sapphire Systems. The SAP S/4HANA Cloud ERP system, has embedded AI and machine learning, and is set to boost visibility, support decision-making and planning for Briggs of Burton. This

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ERP, in reality, is ERP + XYZ

When we talk about Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, we rarely keep the discussion centred around the core component elements of ERP in isolation of all other related ancillary, dependent and coexisting technologies.

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Z Nautic Group floats to the cloud with Infor

Infor, leading cloud company, today announced that Z Nautic Group (formerly known as Zodiac) is deploying Infor CloudSuite Equipment, a multi-tenant cloud ERP system specifically designed for equipment manufacturers, dealers and rental companies. The project follows the group’s demerger and the relocation of its French production unit to Tunisia – a collective of events that caused

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EY announces acquisition of UK technology business, Pythagoras Communications

EY announced yesterday, the acquisition of Pythagoras Communications Holdings Limited (Pythagoras), a leading UK technology company and Microsoft Gold Partner. Pythagoras provides professional services and solutions using technology platforms including Microsoft Azure, Dynamics 365, SharePoint and the Power Platform. Pythagoras employs 118 people across the UK and has more than 140 clients.  The acquisition supports EY’s ambition to

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Oracle announced as new Premier League signing

Oracle has partnered with Premier League football as its official cloud provider to deliver football match statistics, live, during games. Machine learning models will be developed to generate immediate results based on live data streams, real-time tracking data, and facts collected on each of the League’s players and from thousands of previous matches. With the

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SUSE files to go public

SUSE, the EQT-owned open source company has filed its ITF (Intention to Float) ahead of a planned listing on the Frankfurt Exchange later in the year. Rumours of an IPO first surfaced at the end of last year but, until now, the company has been silent on any details. The ITF sets out a plan

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gordon stuart

Further growth for Unit4

Unit4 has announced a strong set of results for Q1 ending 31 March 2021, boosted by the launch of its next-generation ERPx solution and strategic growth investment by TA Associates of more than $2bn.

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ERP Today announce fundraiser and awards event in aid of NHS Charities Together

Over the last year we’ve seen our economy battered by the onslaught of COVID-19. Industries across the board have fallen victim to relentless lockdowns, people the world over have lost civil liberties and our NHS has been overwhelmed to near breaking point. But while we hear the despondent stories over and over, there is hope and a much-needed light at the end of the tunnel.

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OneStream secures $200m funding at $6bn valuation

KKR-backed OneStream Software has been valued at $6bn and secured $200m in series B funding. The financing will be used to accelerate OneStream’s global expansion and innovation across its intelligent finance platform as the company capitalises on record market demand.

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PwC embeds hybrid working model for UK staff

PwC UK is the first major consulting firm to announce new working arrangements for its 22,000 staff, setting a precedent for progressive firms looking to embrace organisational agility and attract diverse talent in 2021 as the country continues its route out of lockdown.  

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Unit4 launches ERPx into general availability

It’s been a big few weeks for Unit4 following the announcement at the end of March that it had been acquired by TA Associates in a deal that valued the business at more than $2bn. That news brought an end to the search for a new VC partner that could provide Unit4 with the financial

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Anton Chilton

QAD subscription revenues up 24 percent

QAD, a provider of cloud-based enterprise software and services for global manufacturing companies, has reported its financial results for fiscal 2021 Q4 and the fiscal full year ended 31 January 2021.

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Ian Casewell

Sapphire Systems acquires InCloud Solutions

Sapphire Systems has acquired SAP Business ByDesign partner, InCloud Solutions, as part of its strategy to fast-track growth organically and through acquisition, and to help consolidate its position as a market leading SAP partner.

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ERP Today Partners With Lumenia At The Virtual HeadtoHead Event

ERP Today and Lumenia Consulting are partnering, once again, for Lumenia’s virtual vendor selection event that is taking place on 23rd and 24th of March. A collection of 14 ERP vendors will go head-to-head to showcase their ERP solutions in a structured environment that can be attended by business leaders who are currently considering their

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Julia White leaves Microsoft to join SAP

SAP has appointed Julia White as chief marketing and solutions officer. White joins SAP after a 20 year tenure at Microsoft, where she led product marketing for Microsoft Azure over the past five years. Previously, she was responsible for product marketing for Microsoft Office 365 during the transition to the cloud. Based in the US, White

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Will SAP Rise or Fall?

SAP’s five year search for a solution to S/4 adoption has culminated in the launch of a new bundle of services called RISE with SAP. It is essentially a repackaging of existing products and services combined with some new capability that will be offered ‘as a Service’ to drive digital transformation. RISE with SAP has

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OneStream and PwC join forces

Corporate software company OneStream Software and PwC UK have entered into a strategic alliance for the UK market. The partnership will leverage PwC’s business and technology expertise and OneStream’s cloud-based CPM software to support activities ranging from project delivery to marketing and strategic business collaboration. As part of the partnership, PwC UK will further develop

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Accenture boosts SAP capabilities with acquisition of Edenhouse

Accenture has acquired Edenhouse, a UK-based SAP partner, for an undisclosed sum. The deal will scale Accenture’s capabilities in the UK to address increased demand for SAP’s cloud-based solutions. Founded in 2008 and an SAP platinum partner, Edenhouse specialises in the sale, implementation, support and hosting of SAP products and services to mid-sized businesses. Edenhouse’s

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ERP Today partners with Lumenia at the virtual HEADtoHead event

ERP Today is once again acting as media partner to Lumenia Consulting for their virtual vendor selection event taking place on 23rd and 24th March. 14 ERP vendors will go head-to-head to demonstrate their ERP solutions in a structured environment that can be attended by business leaders that are considering their ERP options. The virtual

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server gets SAP seal of approval

SUSE has announced that SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is now a SAP endorsed application and is available on SAP Store. Earning SAP’s premium certification underscores SUSE Linux Enterprise Server’s proven results and helps reinforce customer confidence to deploy SAP solutions more efficiently. The collaboration also brings together top container management specialists across SUSE and

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Stoddart reinforces market leading position with IFS

IFS has revealed that Stoddart Group, Australia’s leading supplier and installer of products to the residential building industry, has selected IFS to enable digitisation of job scheduling, automate critical business processes and deliver service excellence.  To strengthen its leading market position and ready the company for accelerated growth, Stoddart Group launched a comprehensive evaluation process to

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Living in the cloud

Pack well and plan your journey. Transitioning to the cloud has many advantages but it has challenges too…

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Kevin Samuelson takes over at Infor

In another surprise change at the top of a global ERP vendor, Charles Phillips announced last month that he was stepping down with immediate effect and handing over the reins to Kevin Samuelson…

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IFS acquires Astea

IFS has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Astea International, a global leader in field service and mobile workforce…

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