EFACS E/8 Sapphire is the jewel in the ERP crown

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Exel Computer Systems continues its winning strategy of delivering leading edge business solution with strong functionality by developing the first ERP system to be built on AJAX technology.

Exel Computer Systems, the UK based author and developer of the innovative EFACS ERP system, announces the launch of the new Sapphire Edition of EFACS E/8. The system had its first public demonstration at the Manufacturer Live 2006 Event in September 06 and was well received.

The secret to Sapphires groundbreaking responsiveness lies in its brand new AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) engine.  The power of AJAX based applications is can already be clearly seen in applications such as Google Suggest and Google Maps, but EFACS Sapphire represents its first use within an ERP system and is consistent with Exels commitment to developing leading edge technology solutions. As such the system retains all of the acknowledged advantages that are conferred by a browser based application, with simple deployment and thin client side; however, AJAX blurs the lines between web based and desktop applications. Previously browsers posted a call to the server requiring the complete screen to refresh with its response, with the server being used to provide all the processing required to navigate and render pages and perform simple data validation.  AJAX functions by only updating those portions of the EFACS interface the user has changed. Use of asynchronous calls on the server, which operate in the background, give the net effect of eliminating delays and provide a smoother, more continuous user experience.

In spite of such a fundamental change to EFACS, Exel has retained its core philosophy of designing a system that is easy for users to customise in order to meet their own distinctive requirements whilst database platform independence simplifies the transition from legacy systems.

Exels Software Development Manager, Jason Hambleton, comments on Sapphires significance. The design brief we had to meet was for a platform independent, high performance, browser based application, through a user friendly intuitive interface. Sapphire comfortably meets this brief, and provides characteristics that are ideally suited to a broad footprint application such as EFACS, which is able to integrate CRM, sales and quotation, with comprehensive production control and supply chain management, in a true end-to-end enterprise solution.

Sapphire also brings new functionality including newly designed interface screens. These organise the users view of their data into more logical and efficient formats while tab based browser screens reduce the number of open windows and therefore the number of clicks to result.  Personal settings and filters can be stored at User ID level. There are new applications to handle e-mail and fax broadcasting in addition to a new toolkit enabling Systems Administrators to perform routine health checks on their system performance and data integrity.

Further opportunities to see EFACS Sapphire will be available at the IT Showcase Events in November in London and December in Bristol, or at Exel Information Forums in Oxford, Newcastle, Cambridge and Watford

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