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SAP approved industry-specific functionality for its Business One suite aimed at the midmarket and recently tested its defense and security software during military exercises.

SAP approves automotive functionality for Business One

SAP recently certified new small and midsized industry-specific software for its Business One suite, aimed at aftermarket companies in the automotive industry.

The software was produced through SAP's channel partner program, which was launched to boost industry-specific functionality in SAP software in the midmarket.

Developed by Praxis Software, NetPoint Commerce provides an integrated online sales framework that enables aftermarket companies to create up-selling and cross-selling opportunities. The software includes search capabilities to track and find highly specialized automotive parts and features.

Parts Planner, a product from Valogix, enables small and midsized aftermarket companies connect with sales data to research current sales levels and predict future demand for automotive products and services. Users can generate real-time reports that recommend stocking levels and dates for inventory replenishment orders. This will lower inventory investments, replenishment expenditures and costs from emergency shipments.

The software will be offered through SAP Business One resellers.


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Military exercises provide testing ground for SAP software

SAP recently tested its defense and security software suite during NATO military exercises in Lillehammer, Norway.

The tests were conducted to show how the software could improve general operations between NATO, national and partner command and control systems. The software enables data to be transferred automatically among an intermittently connected offshore frigate, several land-based command and control systems, and the central SAP instance at the command center.

The software helped coordinate logistics between 18 nations and agencies actively participating in the exercise, SAP said. The software met NATO data transfer standards while handling logistic assistance requests and tasking orders.


SAP, Seeburger launch invoice watcher

SAP and Seeburger Inc. are launching a new product to solve invoice errors.

The new module, calledAdd-On for MySAP ERP, combines components from SAP's Enterprise Services Architecture and Seeburger's Paper2ERP software to flesh out errors on paper-based invoices as they are scanned into the MySAP ERP system.

Seeburger said its Paper2ERP software combines the company's OCR (optical character recognition) technology, data validation and exception handling functionality with AI (artificial intelligence) to help minimize the need for manual exception handling.


Toyota lending firm adds SAP applications

Toyota Financial Services, which approves leases and loans for Toyota dealers, recently selected SAP Leasing and SAP Loans Management applications in its commercial finance division.

Toyota Financial Services is one of the top 10 largest automotive finance companies in the United States, with managed assets totaling more than $50 billion. The applications are part of the SAP for Banking product in the mySAP Business Suite, and are modified for the financial industry.


Software firm launches spatial data integrator

Impress Software, which sells packaged integration applications to customers using SAP Enterprise Asset Management and Enterprise Project Management customers, launched an integration application to bridge plant maintenance and project systems with location-related spatial data.

Through real-time integration with SAP, the application enables consistent information across systems, which allows maintenance crews and facility managers to work directly from the ArcGIS maps. Users can create, modify, manage and synchronize asset data and work orders between the systems.

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