21 August 2003 | Robin Parker
The maker of software that powers Oracle's Small Business Suite has developed a stand-alone application for medium-sized firms.
US-based NetLedger has launched NetERP, a back-office software system that integrates processes including financials and inventory management.
It provides a single data store to bring together those areas of supply chain and e-commerce information that small and medium-sized enterprises had previously kept separate.
NetLedger is particularly targeting the wholesale and distribution sectors, with added functions such as bar coding and serialised inventory.
Internal users can access the data on real-time "dashboards" on the company's intranet. The data can also be extended to business partners, vendors and customers via a Web hosting tool.
NetERP, already available to NetLedger's 7,000 customers, will be available worldwide from next month.
The launch follows an alliance between NetLedger and computer giant Hewlett Packard to offer complete technology solutions based on their combined product ranges.
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