SSA Global Technologies has announced acquired Ironside Technologies, a leader in business-to-business electronic commerce solutions for the manufacturing and distribution markets. The company's proven sell-side and buy-side e-commerce solutions will extend and strengthen SSA's existing product portfolio and become important components of its customer relationship and supplier relationship strategies.
Nigel Montgomery, of AMR Research, comments: "When SSA acquired Interbiz from Computer Associates in 2002, CEO Mike Greenough said he planned three other strategic acquisitions.
Two would be traditional players and one would be a technology play. Infinium and Baan certainly fit the former, and whilst he's about six months late on his estimation, this acquisition certainly adds strength to SSA's portfolio and provides strong integration technology.
“We don't expect it to be the last acquisition from this growing company either, but the purchase proves, more than others, that SSA is not simply an ERP retirement home. If it were, then it would not have been interested in such a small client base, because it cannot capitalise on the support revenue. SSA is on track to become a strong force in the ERP replacement market, especially for midmarket companies requiring evolution rather than the revolution needed to move to companies such as SAP or Oracle."
SSA to energise Ceramic Fuel Cells’ transformation
Ceramic Fuel Cells (CFCL) will implement SSA GT MAX+, an ERP solution for small to medium businesses, in its Melbourne operations. The implementation of SSA GT MAX+ will assist CFCL in its transformation from a research and development organisation into a manufacturer of ceramic fuel cells.
CFCL manufactures ceramic fuel cells that can produce electricity by chemical action, using natural gas or other hydrocarbon fuels such as LPG, diesel or biogas. The advantage of using this method to generate electricity over current methods is its scalability. Furthermore, these fuel cells are almost emission free, low noise producers, portable and extremely efficient. The potential for success is phenomenal.
CFCL currently makes a limited number of fuel cells and is developing the technology for mass production. If the transformation goes to plan, CFCL plans to become the foremost supplier of solid oxide fuel cells in the world.
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