SOURCE: Intentia

December 05, 2005 09:00 ET

Intentia Upgrades Java Application Suite to Focus on Speed of Implementation and Integration for Mid-Market Companies

Intentia Application Suite 5.2 Puts Time and Money First With More Platform Standardization and Further Commitment to Open Standards

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 5, 2005 -- Intentia, a global enterprise solutions provider for the manufacturing, distribution and maintenance industries, today announced the general availability of Intentia Application Suite (IAS) 5.2. This software release addresses the challenges mid-market companies face in implementing and integrating enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems to optimize their investments of time and money for competitive advantage. Intentia does this through industry-specific functionality and a commitment to open standards and platform standardization.

At the core of the IAS 5.2 release is the provision of local market-specific functionality for all major regions immediately upon installation, which significantly reduces the elapsed time and administrative costs previously needed to implement and upgrade systems across multiple geographic regions.

In its efforts to further standardize infrastructure, three of the IAS core offerings, e-Sales, e-Procurement and Workplace, now operate on IBM's WebSphere platform, allowing for effective, automated collaboration throughout the supply chain. This integration enables enterprise users to reduce their total cost of ownership.

The commitment to open standards also applies to automated message handling, which is managed by a new version of Movex Enterprise Collaborator (MEC). This application has been enhanced to handle a higher volume of electronic transactions within a centralized and standardized message infrastructure that now manages all communications within the applications throughout the entire supply chain.

"Mid-market organizations need to constantly reduce time spent on non-value-adding activities, provide faster service to customers without sacrificing quality, and reduce time to market. For every company that is unable to continuously improve these processes, there are several companies waiting to take their place in the supply chain," said Martin Hill, Vice President of Product Marketing, Intentia. "With IAS 5.2, Intentia has made standardized, open technology a priority for mid-market clients that need a stable and quality ERP solution that can save time and money."

Additional features of IAS 5.2 that focus on integration, optimization and analysis include:

Closed-Loop Performance Analysis

Intentia Performance Analysis (IPA) is a complete, pre-packaged business performance solution that includes a rapidly installed data warehouse and end user base reports. It provides managers with the information they need to make better, timely business decisions. As a closed-loop solution, IPA gives a unified view of business, customers, products and suppliers. For example, IPA enables Intentia customers to compare the profit they are making from different customers, identify which product line is generating the most sales, and find out which suppliers have the best on-time delivery records. It also gives visibility of how supplier prices have changed over time so that companies can quickly pass on cost increases to their customers.

Integrated Mobile Services

Following successful pilot projects, Intentia Mobile Service is now generally available. It provides field engineers a real-time connection with the Service Order application and reduces the time that engineers spend on administration, which means they have more service time out in the field. Mobile Service covers all aspects of a field service business by supporting call handling, preventive maintenance, service contracts, warranties, spare parts replenishment, inventory management and invoicing. It enables field service engineers to work efficiently and easily in the field with access to information such as service level agreements, and warranty and service object information.

Supplier Relationship Management

Supplier relationship management solutions, previously only considered appropriate for large companies, are now a very effective way for mid-market companies to save time and money. Intentia e-Procurement 5.2 has one point of integration and single sign-on abilities, making it easier to get control over internal procurement needs and indirect spending.

Many mid-market companies have limited automated processes in place for monitoring indirect spending, which becomes further complicated with the typical decentralized procurement policy. With e-Procurement 5.2, Intentia customers can achieve a centralized view of their spending that enables improved supplier management and increased purchasing power, as well a reduction in time spent manually tracking and analyzing these costs. Without careful management of supplier relationships, companies risk paying too much for goods and services and wasting time rather than using it to focus on more strategic activities.

About Intentia

Intentia is the only global enterprise solutions provider 100% dedicated to bringing software applications and consulting services to companies whose core processes involve manufacturing, distribution and maintenance--what we call the "make, move and maintain" market.

    
--  100% of our resources are committed to this market.
--  100% of our software is designed for this market.
--  100% of our experience is in serving this market.
    
    
Intentia was founded in 1984 and serves over 3,000 customer sites in some 40 countries around the world. Our business solutions currently comprise enterprise management, supplier relationship management, customer relationship management, supply chain management, value chain collaboration, enterprise performance management and workplace management.

Intentia is a public company traded on the Stockholm Stock Exchange (XSSE: INT B). Visit Intentia's Web site at www.intentia.com

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