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LAST WORD Innovative interfaces for Publisher André rousselot +32 27400053 a new generation andre.rousselot@eetimes.be editor-in-Chief Julien happich +33 153907865 By Massimo Capoccia julien.happich@eetimes.be editors Manufacturers have taken innovative to enable greater agility and perfor- nick flaherty measures to strip out costs, boost pro- mance, a new generation of social-me- +44 7710236368 ductivity and ensure they are in the best dia inspired software is now available. nick.flaherty@eetimes.be shape to ride the recession. Testament This new breed of software is designed Christoph hammerschmidt to their resilience is that they continue to challenge the status quo of 20+ years +49 8944450209 to help drive economic recovery and of enterprise technology whilst meeting chammerschmidt@gmx.net demonstrate growth against turbulent the challenge of addressing the height- ContributinG editors economic conditions. However when it ened expectations of a new generation Paul buckley comes to the enterprise software they of 20-something year olds who are now +44 1962866460 typically use, innovation is somewhat entering manufacturing. paul@activewords.co.uk lacking. Often the software is outdated, While this new business software has Jean-Pierre Joosting slow, lacks integration and has required looks which are a far cry from the clunky, +44 7800548133 significant modifications over the years ugly screens associated with most jean-pierre.joosting@eetimes.be to fit their specific needs. Worse still, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), it is it is cumbersome and ugly to use. more than a pretty (inter) face. CirCulAtion & finAnCe Conversely, consumer software has Data can be accessed throughout the luc desimpel undergone phenomenal transformation business but importantly only relevant luc.desimpel@eetimes.be in the last few years. personalised infor- AdvertisinG ProduCtion & Brands like Apple, mation is proac- rePrints Facebook, Google tively pushed out lydia Gijsegom and Twitter have to the user. All key lydia.gijsegom@eetimes.be set the standard business informa- for how we expect tion is presented Art MAnAGer to interact with within the context Jean-Paul speliers technology – both at of the user and ACCountinG home and at work. their function ricardo Pinto ferreira So why does this within the busi- gulf continue to exist ness. This means reGionAl AdvertisinG between business no more hunting rePresentAtives and consumer computing? round and accessing multiple applica- Contact information at: Many manufacturers have invested tions to get answers to every day issues. http://www.electronics-eetimes.com/en/ large sums in their enterprise software This unprecedented level of software about/sales-contacts.html and are understandably reluctant to rip cohesion is possible through unique out and replace systems. Expensive lightweight middleware which connects and complex point to point integration and integrates all applications (irrespec- projects to bridge different applications tive of software vendor) by transferring european using middleware have exacerbated standard business documents between business press this issue, as upgrading any applica- applications instead of using point to EuropEan BusinEss prEss sa tion within this environment can cause point data integration. Records of these 7 Avenue Reine Astrid links to break and ultimately undermine documents are stored in a repository 1310 La Hulpe the solution. An overall lack of budget (Business Vault), which allows the flow of Tel: +32 (0)2 740 00 50 means that often organisations have all information, not only across applica- Fax: +32 (0)2 740 00 59 simply settled for ‘good enough’ rather tions, but also from relevant social me- www.electronics-eetimes.com than optimal when it comes to their busi- dia streams. This provides the necessary VAT Registration: BE 461.357.437 ness software. in context business intelligence which RPM: Brussels But the biggest reason for a lack of can then be accessed through desktops, Company Number: 0461357437 genuinely joined-up enterprise comput- laptops, mobiles and tablets. © 2012 e.b.P. sA ing is that a viable alternative simply Unlike traditional middleware which hasn’t been available. Accelerated by can take months or years to install only ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING TIMES EUROPE is published 11 times in 2012 by European Business Press SA, a need to address the downfalls in enter- then to constrain the company using it, 7 Avenue Reine Astrid, 1310 La Hulpe, Belgium Tel: +32-2-740 00 50 Fax: +32-2-740 00 59 prise software and speed up processes this lightweight middleware takes just email: info@eetimes.be. VAT Registration: BE 461.357.437. RPM: Nivelles. Volume 14, Issue 11 EE Times P 304128 10 minutes. To enhance the availability It is is free to qualified engineers and managers involved in engineering decisions – see: By Massimo Capoccia, senior director of of contextual information, a Twitter style http://www.electronics-eetimes.com/subscribe product management at Infor – application allows users to follow key Copyright 2012 by European Business Press SA. All rights reserved. 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