Soft Tech and MAPICS to Provide Integrated Quote-To-Cash Solution for Window and Door Manufacturers Worldwide

Soft Tech America and MAPICS have joined forces to provide an integrated business application specifically targeting the window and door industry, worldwide. Running on modern Microsoft platforms, Soft Tech's V6 Manufacturer and MAPICS Syteline ERP will be integrated to address the growing demand for an affordable, flexible, and scalable software solution to replace homegrown and highly specialized technologies. Clients can use their PC to graphically design and configure products for quotes and orders, then immediately send the orders to the back office systems for fulfillment, shipment, and invoicing.

Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) December 9, 2004 -- Soft Tech Group, the leading provider of product configuration and manufacturing solutions to the window and door industry, announced that is has signed a partnership agreement with MAPICS Inc (NASDAQ / NM: MAPX), a leading global provider of enterprise solutions for world-class manufacturers. Soft Tech will interface its V6 Manufacturer with MAPICS SyteLine ERP, ensuring clients a timely and seamless exchange of quote and order data between selling channels and fulfillment operations.

Window and door manufacturers worldwide can now have an integrated industry-specific quote-to-cash solution, running on a modern Microsoft compatible software platform, while benefiting from best-of-breed technologies that manage all aspects of their enterprise. “We have had a number of successful joint projects with MAPICS and being selected as a MAPICS certified partner is a natural outcome,” said Phillip Thompson, President and CEO of Soft Tech. “We believe that the more formal relationship now in place will provide for the comprehensive systems that our clients are seeking. MAPICS SyteLine ERP solution is ideal for the industries we serve. Integrating our window and door technologies with MAPICS SyteLine ERP satisfies our client’s rapidly growing need for scalable and affordable integrated solutions.”

Manufacturers desiring to maintain or increase competitiveness seek an automated quote-to-cash process that will speed order processing, shorten manufacturing turnaround, and reduce associated costs. The Soft Tech/MAPICS interface, provided and maintained by Soft Tech, allows configured orders to pass seamlessly from their PC into the MAPICS SyteLine ERP solution. Manufacturers and their Dealers are able to configure and price complex items, and produce estimates, quotes, take-off lists, fabrication schedules, and manufacturing data. The orders are then immediately passed to MAPICS SyteLine ERP for scheduling, procurement, production, shipping and invoicing.

Soft Tech provides product configuration sales and support to the world’s largest commercial fenestration companies on four continents. Mr. Thompson indicated the Group is extending its dominant industry position through new software releases, evidenced by their recent release of a unique web based graphical configurator with implementations progressing across a range of industries. To date, Soft Tech has integrated its products with a number of ERP solutions, “but”, said Mr. Thompson, “we wanted to find a partner who offers, like ourselves, exceptional software and whose existing client base are happy. MAPICS SyteLine ERP focuses upon the manufacturing sector, offers a comprehensive solution and has been cited as “a leader among ERP companies for Total Vendor Experience” by Forrester Research. Soft Tech software is mission critical for our clients and we know that MAPICS shares our standards.”

About Soft Tech
Founded in 1988, Soft Tech is the leading supplier of product configuration and manufacturing software to the worldwide Framed Products industry. Soft Tech is completely commitment to meeting its customer’s needs and to ongoing product development. In 1998, it re-architected its Client Server product range and in 2004 it released its new web based product configuration and manufacturing software based on its unique experience of the window and door industry. Headquartered in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, Soft Tech has over 1,700 customers on four continents.
Contact Phillip Thompson, at +1 972 568 3198, http://www.softtechnz.com.

About MAPICS
MAPICS is a leading global solutions provider focused exclusively on manufacturing. Building on more than 25 years of industry experience and proven success, MAPICS helps manufacturers be world class by gaining market share, operating at peak efficiency and exceeding customer expectations. MAPICS solutions include software-extended ERP, CRM and supply chain management-and professional services. The solutions are implemented on the two industry-leading technology platforms-Microsoft and IBM.

Headquartered in Atlanta, MAPICS has implemented solutions in more than 10,000 customer sites in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit www.mapics.com.

MAPICS is a trademark of MAPICS, Inc. Other brand and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Editor's note: The correct usage of the MAPICS name is all capitals.

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