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Geac unveils ERP suite

Geac Enterprise Solutions recently announced the release of GeacStyle, an AS/400-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite for the soft goods industry.

The GeacStyle suite features includes the integration of a Windows NT-based customer relationship management (CRM) module from Dutch CRM vendor RunTime A/S, which was acquired by Geac in March of this year.

Geac Enterprise Solutions is the Atlanta-based division of Toronto-based Geac Computer Corp. that was formed in June to sell the various AS/400, UNIX, Windows, and mainframe-based enterprise applications that Geac has accumulated over the years as a result of having acquired more than 60 technology companies.

InterWorld business exchange eases distribution woes

InterWorld Corp. has just launched Commerce Exchange Business Suite 4.0 developed to help sellers deliver the right product under the right circumstances every time.

Commerce Exchange Business Suite 4.0 enables sellers to implement one solution and to sell through different channels and to integrate their legacy system with that seller's collaborative partners. It can also create actionable intelligence out of multi-channel data.

The Commerce Exchange Business Suite 4.0 will be available in late September, prepackaged for Windows NT and UNIX but able to connect to the AS/400.

More productive use of CGI

Michaels, Ross & Cole, Ltd. 's recent release of mrc-Productivity Series 2000 allows users to obtain live AS/400 data in a familiar Web environment by generating common gateway interface (CGI) applications.

CGI applications allow the Internet user to communicate with a Web server to obtain live data, without loading a client application, such as a Java applet. The CGI program is executed in real-time and outputs dynamic information. Database queries, online forms, and message boards are common CGI applications.

The mrc-Productivity Series 2000 provides Web site creation, rapid application development, and report writing capabilities. The product's tier-based pricing begins at $25,000.

Silvon debuts suite of analytical tools

Silvon Software recently unveiled a new suite of business intelligence applications that provides a wide range of analytical capabilities for companies that do business with supply chains.

Stratum is a collection of seven industry-specific modules that allow companies to import data from transactional systems, create data warehouses, and mine that data. The modules include pre-built analytical views and reports for sales, marketing, manufacturing, procurement, e-business, and finance organizations. A customer analytics module is also available.

At the heart of Stratum is the DataTracker, Silvon's core online analytical processing (OLAP) engine. DataTracker includes a number of optional modules of its own, including an OLAP viewer, an ODBC connector, an HTML viewer, a "data slicer" for creating disconnected PC-based data marts, and enterprise connectors for connecting to and importing data from back-office transactional systems.

The modules can be installed separately or as an integrated suite, and run on the AS/400, Windows NT, and Unix machines. Stratum is available immediately and starts at $75,000.

Core updates Visual Underneath

Lansing, Mich.-based Core Technology has a major update of its Visual Underneath that includes an add-on tool for Core's CTCBridge 5250 emulation for Java.

The product features a browser-based solution that delivers full-featured 5250 emulation as a Java applet, CTCBridge 5250 for Java provides Internet or intranet access to AS/400 midrange systems. It functions either via MultiBridge, its Windows NT-based communications server or natively on the AS/400.

Visual Underneath acts as a filtering tool for non-programmers, enabling easy control over access, appearance and content of CTCBridge 5250 emulation screens. By using point-and-click implementation and providing an immediate view of editing results, Visual Underneath enables CTC5250 users to customize AS/400 data displays at the client level with no programming changes required on the host.

With the new release, companies will be able to transform their browser-based emulation screens from utilitarian to designer Web page looks using graphics, color and additional Web elements. Other features include the addition of graphics such as .jpg or .gif files to screen presentations, the ability to change sizes and types of Java-enabled fonts.

The product will be available at the end of October.

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