Halloween November Image credit Pixabay\brenkees https://pixabay.com/users/brenkee-2021352/This week Epicor announced that it had acquired the professional services team from its former Canadian partner Evron Computer Systems. It wasn’t the only acquisition with Visma again adding to its group of companies.

Enterprise Times also published a wide-ranging interview with Wolfgang Kobek, the Executive Vice President & GM of International Business at Infor.

Pick of the week

TechnologyOne launched a transformational end-to-end software offering that will fundamentally redefine enterprise software – Solution as a Service at its Showcase event in Melbourne last week. SaaS Plus is an all-inclusive offering specifically tailored for your industry and will deliver all aspects of our enterprise solution – including implementation.

The yearly fee contains all the costs required to implement, run, support, and upgrade your solution. Technology One will also launch App Buildr, a simple, no-code toolset that enables customers to extend their TechnologyOne software in 2024.

Ed Chung, CEO of, TechnologyOne, said, “When SaaS was introduced in 2012, it was transformative. It completely changed the way companies developed and thought about software, which started a race around the world to create the incredible innovations and technologies we experience today.

“Unfortunately, the path to achieving true digital transformation hasn’t kept pace in an era of rapid advancements to software innovation. Industry continues to be burdened by a flawed model where billions are wasted each year on traditional third-party consulting capabilities and implementation partners. It’s a decade where digital investment can only be characterised as one of high cost and complexity – often, the cost of implementation partners is more than seven times the cost of the software itself.

“Today, we prove there is a better future for our industry and for our customers. We are redefining the entire foundation and structure of our industry – re-writing the rules of engagement to do what takes our competitors years to deliver at a huge cost, to a process that takes a few weeks without any upfront cost. The market has always wanted and expected this, but no one has ever had the capability to achieve it.

“Providing a holistic ‘solution’ has always been our goal and today we are proud to become the only SaaS provider with the capability to provide customers not only with software, but a full end-to-end solution. This is a transformational change being offered in our industry for the first time.”

Acquisitions

Visma has acquired Datapas, a planning, control and monitoring software provider for the Dutch education sector. To realise its growth ambitions, the Dutch software company will collaborate with other Visma companies serving the education sector. The Visma acquisition of the House of Control will likely proceed after 98% of shareholders accept the bid.

Visma announced an agreement to divest the Norwegian and Swedish parts of its Cloud Infrastructure Services (CIS) division to the Møller family’s investment company Aars.

Appointments

ECI Software Solutions appointed Shahin Hatamian as Chief Product Officer

Jobber appointed Craig Wert as the company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Customer

Kobelco Construction Machinery CO, LTD (Kobelco Construction Machinery), the global leader in construction equipment, has selected IFS Cloud to improve its ability to respond to customers.

Swedish ScandiNova Systems AB (ScandiNova) has selected Infor CloudSuite Industrial Enterprise to help unify and standardise its operational and manufacturing processes.

NetSuite published a case study about how First Line Technology, a manufacturer of products for first responders, increased gross profit by around 20% after moving to NetSuite from multiple solutions.

Ohio-based FirstEnergy has implemented the Oracle Utilities Network Management System (NMS) with the aid of Oracle. The solution will help manage the response to power outages across its six-state electric system.

Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils have selected Unit4 ERP to introduce a modern finance and procurement platform that will automate manual processes, drive efficiencies and predictability, as well as empower employees.

Financial Reports

Blue Yonder announced Q4 2022 highlights. During the quarter, it added 47 new logos and two new solutions: Warehouse Execution System (WES) and Adaptive Fulfillment & Warehousing solutions.

Intuit reiterated its operating income and EPS guidance for the fiscal year 2023, ahead of its earnings announcement for Q1 2023, due on November 29th, 2022.

Rimini Street announced Q3 2022 results. Revenue was up 6.6% year over year to $101.9 million. Revenue retention rose 1% to 94% year over year. Seth Ravin, co-Founder, CEO and Chairman of the board, commented: “Though global macro environment challenges including currency exchange rate headwinds negatively impacted third quarter financial and operating results, we achieved multi-million-dollar sales wins in diverse industries, strong subscription renewals and extensions, a continued increase in cross-sales of our expanded solutions portfolio to existing clients, and we maintained our excellent, industry-leading client satisfaction rating for cases and onboarding.

“We believe Rimini Street’s portfolio of IT solutions provides the services many organizations need today around their enterprise software systems, and provides industry-leading value, ROI and proven engineering capability. We remain focused on actions and investments to take advantage of market opportunities and re-accelerate growth.”

Visma published its Q3 results seeing a 20% increase n revenue YoY to €533 million. EBITDA was €173 million, up 12% from Q3 21. Merete Hverven, CEO of Visma, commented, “In a turbulent environment for business and society as a whole, Visma continued to deliver profitable growth in Q3. In times of economic uncertainty, companies and organisations will have even stronger incentives to invest in software that automates processes and increases efficiency.”

Product

Oracle announced Oracle Public Safety Services, a new technology platform for law enforcement and first responders. The new suite includes several applications, including:

  • Dispatch Command Center
  • Wearable Computer Devices
  • Personal Communications System
  • Vehicle Communications
  • Vehicle Video Cameras
  • Records Management
  • Jail Management
  • Research

simPRO has updated simPRO Takeoffs. Version 2.0.2 includes new features that enable users to create new cost centres and sections in Takeoffs, select pages created from a multi-page PDF and a new plan wizard.

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