November Image by Heiko Behn from PixabayLast week, Rootstock published findings from a new report entitled “State of AI in Manufacturing”. The report highlights that 82% of manufacturers, despite other budget demands, are planning to increase budgets for AI over the next year and a half. Workday held a successful Workday Rising EMEA and made a series of announcements.

Pick of the week

Workday Rising Europe saw a gathering of over 4,000 people in Barcelona last week. During the event, Workday showcased its products and revealed strong growth and influence in EMEA.

Angelique de Vries-Schipperijn, President of EMEA, Workday, commented, “Workday continues to support EMEA companies in digital transformation by harnessing the power of emerging technologies like AI to guide organisations through dynamic change and boost business results. We are committed to a human-centric AI approach, ensuring responsible use that prioritises the needs of every user and safeguards their data privacy, making the work-life of our customers smoother and safer.”

In the last 12 months, Workday has added more than 130 new EMEA-based medium enterprise companies to its customer roster. Including British retailer Crew Clothing, German football club Borussia Dortmund, Italian chocolate and gelato retailer Venchi, Norwegian insurer Fremtind Forsikring, gaming operator La Française des Jeux and transportation experts Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg.

Jonathan Randle, Vice President medium enterprise, EMEA, Workday, commented, “Medium-sized businesses across EMEA want the same digital transformation capabilities as larger, multinational companies, but often they have smaller teams that are busy keeping the lights on with their existing technology.

“Workday’s technology and deployment approach enables us to deliver business transformation for these smaller companies, with fast time to value. With Workday AI at the core of the Workday platform, we enable our customers to achieve more with their smaller teams, and we look forward to welcoming many more forward-thinking medium-sized companies into the Workday community.”


BlueYonder announced the closing of its acquisition of Doddle, a leading technology business focused on making the first and last mile more seamless, sustainable and profitable.

Epicor announced it has acquired Elite EXTRA, a leading provider of cloud-based last-mile delivery solutions. The acquisition expands Epicor’s ability to help its customers across the make, move, and sell industries. Simplify last-mile logistics and compete in a hyper-competitive market more effectively. Financial terms were not disclosed.

IRIS Software Group announced the acquisition of Bishop Fleming’s Payroll Service Bureau. The transaction will see the top 30 UK professional services firm divest its payroll service. Enabling it to focus on its core audit, accounting, tax, and advisory growth strategy.

Visma announced the acquisition of iVision, the software company behind Legis 365. Denmark’s leading administration software for law firms.


Acumatica has entered into a sponsorship agreement with the top-ranked LPGA player and No. 1 golfer in the world, Lilia Vu. The partnership deepens the company’s ties to and support of women’s golf. Reflecting Acumatica’s dedication to working with the best and fostering a culture of excellence throughout its community.

At Exact Live, Exact CEO Paul Ramakers and Chief Product Officer Joep Hoeks shared their views on developments and challenges in the SME market. Also the latest innovations within its business software.

FuturMaster announced that its Bloom platform has earned the AWS Foundational Technical Review (FTR) certification. This significant achievement underscores FuturMaster’s commitment to technical excellence and robust standards for its Supply Chain Planning platform.

Infor announced a new partnership with DailyPay, the industry leader in on-demand pay. This will offer its customers the ability to seamlessly provide employees with easy and quick access to their earned wages.

Intuit announced a new strategic partnership with Allstate Health Solutions. Soon to provide QuickBooks Online Payroll customers with expanded insurance options for their employees in time for open enrollment season.


Bahrain’s Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard Co. (ASRY), the leading ship and rig repair yard in the Arabian Gulf, has gone live with Infor CloudSuite Industrial Enterprise. This is a powerful cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. This is enabling the company to digitize its business while raising its efficiency, sustainability and ability to innovate.

NetSuite announced that restaurant businesses Hofman Hospitality Group, Lettuce Entertain You, Union Square Hospitality Group, and many others have chosen NetSuite to streamline business processes and provide a scalable foundation for future growth.

VAI Resort, the upcoming largest hotel and entertainment destination in Arizona, is gearing up to open its doors in 2024. With the support of Oracle Cloud. With Oracle’s OPERA Cloud hospitality management platform combined with Oracle NetSuite, VAI will be able to unify its core data and operations on a single, secure infrastructure.

Dynamic Metal Innovations, LLC (DMI), announced a strategic shift in operations with the adoption of Paperless Parts. Paperless Parts is the quoting and communication platform designed for custom part manufacturers. Machineosaurus Manufacturing Company, a dynamic player in the precision machining industry, has selected Paperless Parts. With the aim of streamlining manual quoting tasks. Enabling faster responses to customers’ requests for quotes (RFQs) and freeing up time for growth initiatives.

Automotive parts supplier Performance Friction Corporation (PFC) Brakes has chosen the Plex Smart Manufacturing Platform. This is an integrated and state-of-the-art manufacturing and business solution to run their US-based operations.

Pacific Textiles, a global leader in the textile manufacturing industry, has selected Rimini Support. This will support its highly customized, mission-critical S/4HANA implementation, the backbone of its manufacturing operations.

Totalmobile’s unique rostering software has now been deployed across service users in the Northland. Marking the start of a vital transformation in Hato Hone St John’s workforce management. Over the next 12 months, the innovative software will be rolled out to 4,500 users.

Air Combat Effectiveness Consulting Group (ACE Consulting Group) has selected Unanet’s GovCon ERP and CRM. This will deliver modern financial and relationship management solutions that off-the-shelf software and spreadsheets cannot provide.


ClickUp 3.0 is available. It includes a completely rebuilt infrastructure with 2x faster overall app performance, 3x faster task and list views and 5x faster search. The update includes a universal search, customer task types, a redesigned single inbox. With a new design, ClickUP Canvas, a personalised home, team overviews and AI. This will assists project managers with summarizing, writing stand-ups, generating tasks, creative writing, and Q&A on workspace data. There is also an update to the mobile app.

FreeAgent for Landlords is now available to support unincorporated landlords who earn income from property.

Intuit unveiled a wide range of innovations at its 10th QuickBooks Connect conference. To better serve the accounting community and small business customers through Intuit’s QuickBooks online ecosystem. They included QuickBooks Ledger, improvements to QBOA, and a new QuickBooks ProAdvisor Program.

Oracle is adding new mobile capabilities to Oracle Fusion Cloud Inventory Management. This is part of Oracle Fusion Cloud Supply Chain & Manufacturing (SCM). The new capabilities will help healthcare organizations reduce inventory errors, improve restock efficiency. It will also help to gain the visibility they need to better predict demand and optimize stock availability.

Sage released new product updates in Sage Intacct for increased automation, deeper insights, and even stronger compliance. These significant advancements will provide increased productivity, insightful data and streamlined business processes for customers.

Updates for release 2023R4 include:

  • Sage Intacct Advanced Ownership Consolidations
  • Sage Intacct Project Intelligence
  • Sage Intacct Ministry Intelligence
  • PwC Control Insights for Sage Intacct
  • Sage Intacct 1099 E-filing Powered by TaxBandits

Xero launched several updates to its practice tools at the UK Roadshow. Including a new tax manager feature in Xero HQ. An important feature in its plan to more seamlessly connect Xero Practice Manager (XPM), Xero HQ and Xero Tax. Xero also announced two new payment features. There is a new bill payments tool that offers a simple and secure way to manage, approve and pay bills without leaving Xero. Xero customers can now register to receive eInvoices in Xero. With bills coming straight into the platform to offer a holistic view of a small business’ cash flow position.

ERP news from the week beginning 6th November 2023



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