Sage ERP X3 is broadening the functional scope of its Supply Chain Management solution by integrating MES and APS tools

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Sage has announced "job" alliances on the supply chain market, thus broadening Sage ERP X3's workshop management functions with the Osys solution and payment orders thanks to the Preactor module. These new functions are available on both versions of Sage ERP X3: Sage ERP X3 Standard Edition and Sage ERP X3 Premium Edition.

The Manufacturing Execution System (MES): Optimisation of management and production tracking

The now largely recognised workshop management system, also known as M.E.S. (Manufacturing Execution System) complies with the need to improve productivity - a strategic theme for industrial companies.

Connected to Sage ERP X3, the MES is a tool for managing production tracking as close as possible to the workshop. It combines 11 functions such as data acquisition and archiving, resource management, production tracking, performance analysis, industrial traceability, quality and payment orders. Sage ERP X3 users will now be able to schedule and organise their production and ensure they have all the necessary means (components, equipment, operators) to produce within the planned deadlines and costs as Fabrice Chausserais, Osyss Manager tells us.

"The MES market is currently thriving. This software is required in order to provide productivity gains which are essential for keeping industrial companies competitive. Sage ERP X3 is one of the major software packages and the interfacing with Osys's MES solution provides an intelligent answer to the needs of industrial companies for their entire production management process. Moreover, thanks to its modelling engine, Osys enables Sage to meet vertical supply demands in the following areas: plastics, aeronautics, automotive, agri-business, luxury goods, etc.," Fabrice Chausserais explains.

By communicating with Sage ERP X3, the MES makes it easier to trace events and contributes to reducing lead-times and improving quality, which are the central challenges of continuous improvement policies.

Advanced Planning Scheduling (APS): controlling the organisation and the synchronisation of production orders
Workshop scheduling and payment orders are real challenges for manufacturers and are often poorly covered by ERP applications. These subjects are an undeniable problem to which the integration of the Preactor payment order module into Sage ERP X3 provides a pragmatic solution.

Preactors APS, which is easy to connect to Sage ERP X3, offers an interactive schedule capable of reacting automatically to hazards such as failures, urgent, cancelled or postponed orders by building a new schedule in real-time, carrying out simulations, analysing their performances, comparing them with each other and thus making the right decisions. Sage ERP X3 users will now be able to benefit from a powerful scheduling and payment order solution which takes their many production constraints as well as their resources (human, machine, time, etc.) into account. They will have an optimal solution at their disposal which is quick and easy to implement, perfectly integrated to their information systems and cost-effective in terms of resources and product expenditure. This Sage ERP - APS Preactor combination enables manufacturers to save a significant amount of time and to cut down on production costs as a consequence. Furthermore, the fact that Preactor is present in almost 70 countries guarantees the software developer the ability to support the deployment of the Sage ERP X3 solution in its international development.

With almost 2,500 companies benefiting from its solutions, Preactor is arguably the leading independent solution provider of this area which will enable Sage to profit from Preactors expertise by providing it with a solution which is perfectly suited to the needs of its customers and prospects and seamlessly integrates with Sage X3, explains Valrie Goulevitch, European Marketing Director for Preactor.

To conclude, Sophie Dumas, Head of the Supply Chain market at Sage, highlights the fact that: "With 2,400 customers on the ERP of which 32% in industry, Sage ERP X3 is already a leading solution among Medium and Large size Companies. These applicative partnerships established with companies known as references in their branches enable us to widen the functional depth of our Sage ERP X3 solution, to add value to our industrial customers and to strengthen our position as an important player in this area. Additionally, our partners ability to support us internationally has been decisive in terms of our choices".


The Sage ERP X3 versions will be available at the beginning of 2009 with these new functions.

About Sage

Sage is the management partner for businesses. To guarantee smooth management for its 5.5 million customers around the world, Sage is supported by the expertise of its 13,900 employees; its network of 23,000 retail partners and more than 40,000 chartered accountants, who advise on the purchasing of these solutions. Sage supports its customers with their growing businesses thanks to its R&D investments, which enable them to anticipate legal, fiscal and technological change and guarantees a high level of service and assistance. Its turnover in 2007 was 1,713M. In France, Sage has 500,000 customers, 2,400 employees and a turnover of 281M.

About Sage ERP X3

Sage ERP X3 is a solution designed specifically for medium and large businesses. With over 2,300 customers, of which 40% are abroad, Sage ERP X3 is a mature solution specifically targeted at companies with 50 to 2,000 employees working in the fields of industry, services and distribution.

Sage ERP X3, which is based on the SAFE X3 development and integration platform common to the other Sage solutions of the MGE Division (CRM, FRP, WMS, HR), enables the processes and the work specificities to be performed automatically, in compliance with legal and normative aspects.

This modular and preconfigured solution which is powerful and may be personalised, integrates several interactive graphical processes.  Sage ERP X3 is a solution which is easy to use, fast to implement and economical.

About Osys

Osys Orga Systme, a French pioneer in terms of workshop tracking and managing in Europe for 25 years, has acquired a solid reputation in the industrial world. Its taste for innovation enables it to be always one step ahead of other MES (manufacturing execution system) players.
The Osys company is based in Laval and is a subsidiary of the Bodet group, which provides it with an international implementation and dimension since Bodet is the European leader in terms of time and attendance management (25,000 businesses equipped in Europe and 12,000 in France).

About Preactor

Preactor International is a world leader in production planning and scheduling software used by a wide range of businesses. Frequently integrated with ERP, MES and Supply Chain Management solutions, Preactors breakthrough technology is used by more than 2,300 small, medium and large multinational companies located in 65 countries.

Preactor has established partnerships with more than 400 companies located around the world to provide local expertise to support the implementation of the solution for each company. These 1000+ accredited professionals offer a key resource working closely with users to ensure each companys unique requirements are met.

The current trends in manufacturing are towards lowering inventory levels to reduce costs yet still be able to respond to shorter lead times to satisfy customer demand. Preactor offers a family of applications ranging from mid and long term capacity planning to detailed scheduling and is translated into 30 languages.

Preactor runs on industry standard hardware, operating systems and databases. Preactor International has long been a Microsoft Gold Partner and certifies its products for use on Microsoft platforms and databases. It uses the latest technology to develop its applications and typically offers at least one major release each year.

With 15 years of expertise in production planning and scheduling technology, 2,300 companies as users, more than 10,000 licenses installed and an extensive partner network offering local expertise and support, Preactor International offers global companies with a proven solution and the global resources for the execution of multinational projects.

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