MANMAN has been there all along
MANMAN/HP still a smart and economical choice
By Cortlandt Wilson
I received an FYI from a HP contact pointing out that the slides of the presentation MANMAN/HP Still a Smart and Economical Choice by Terry Simpkins of TRW Automotive/Lucas given at CA World 2000 are available on HPs Jazz Web site (at jazz.external.hp.com/papers/manman/index.htm)
Then a friend calls, and during our conversation volunteers that he heard that the software from a company called Agile seems to be hot. Yes, I reply, I know of Agile. Three years ago MANMAN was one of the first ERP systems to be interfaced to Agile.
After getting off the phone, I got onto the Web site of Applicast a company that contacted me to help them convert from MANMAN into SAP. Not that I am happy to lose a MANMAN site, but I am interested. Applicast is an application service provider (ASP), the type of company that some say is the next big thing in ERP.
Applicast (www.applicast.com) describes themselves as a total-solution ASP that offers full-service application outsourcing for mission-critical applications, such as SAP and Siebel, over secure private or Internet connections. The Web site goes on to say the company is targeted at companies under $200M in revenue but with aggressive growth.
How does this relate to MANMAN? First, the big vendors and the ASPs are trying to go after MANMAN-sized companies. Second, Applicast just announced that they now host the Agile system for use with SAP. In my mind an important part of the add-on or surround strategy for MANMAN is asset and knowledge protection. Buy the right add-on product and you will be able to use it for years even if you leave MANMAN for another ERP system.
It seemed clear to me several years ago that Agile stood a good chance of becoming a major player in the PDM/Engineering Document Control field. The company does not disappoint. Take a look at the following press release and remember that all this is available to you today with MANMAN running on your HP 3000.
Press Release: Applicast is partnering with Agile to resell, deploy and host Agile Anywhere to give its high-tech manufacturing customers a highly leveraged outsourcing solution that tightly integrates Agile software with an SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.
Agile develops and markets award-winning, industry-leading software that enables supply chain partners to communicate and collaborate over the Internet about new or changing product content. Aggressive-growth manufacturers can now utilize Applicasts outsourcing services to link critical manufacturing and supply chain partners with their ERP system for a complete back-office to e-supply chain managed solution.
The Agile solution is essential for competing effectively in the highly competitive, rapidly changing market of high-tech manufacturing, where lightning-fast product innovation is key, said John McGrory, Applicast president and CEO.
Just to wrap up a day of coincidences, that night I had dinner with a guy from guess where? Agile. My buddy brags that Agile (www.agilesoft.com) is now interfaced to work with 23 different ERP/MRP systems including MANMAN, SAP, J. D. Edwards, Oracle, Baan, and soon PeopleSoft. MANMAN was there at the beginning. Oh, and I havent even seen the new vendor management and e-business purchasing modules...
So over desert
Im feeling good that my prediction about Agile as a good bet
has turned out so well. On the other hand, I remember considering
taking a break from consulting and going to work for Agile with its
generous stock options. (Agile went public late last year.) Ah well.