Manugistics to beef up analytic tools

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Manugistics to beef up analytic tools

Supply chain software maker Manugistics Group is looking to boost the ease of use, visualisation, performance and scalability of its analytical software by forging links with business intelligence application vendor Cognos.

The companies have announced that Manugistics will embed pieces of Cognos' business intelligence technology into its NetWorks ONEview Online Analytical Transaction Processing (OLAP) product. ONEview takes feeds from Manugistics applications, enterprise resource planning systems and other types of software and uses it to offer decision support capabilities throughout a company to boost efficiency and cut costs in the supply chain.

With this latest move, Manugistics will overcome some of the technical limitations of its ONEview product, which was originally built around technology from nQuire Software. That relationship ended after customer relationship management software giant Siebel Systems bought nQuire last year.

The addition of technology from the Cognos Series 7 product means Oneview will be completely Web-enabled. Prior to this, ONEview customers needed client code on their desktops to interface with the application, Lori Mitchell-Keller, senior vice-president of market strategy at Manugistics, said. The change also means more sophisticated visualisation capabilities and easier deployment throughout an enterprise.

Other enhancements include support for multiple languages, including French, German and Spanish, instead of just English as well as support for multiple hardware platforms, including HP-UX, AIX and Sun Solaris, rather than just Windows. New alerting capabilities are also planned.

The integrated product will be available on 30 August. Pricing has not yet been disclosed but Manugistics indicated that the new software is likely to cost the same as the existing version of ONEview.

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