|[April 24, 2012]
Mid-Market Customers Leverage the Power of Analytics with VAI's S2K Technology Roadmap
RONKONKOMA, N.Y. --(Business Wire)--
(Vormittag Associates, Inc.) today outlined its next-generation
enterprise technology roadmap for its flagship S2K Enterprise
Resource Planning (ERP) Software Suite running on the IBM (News - Alert) Power
Systems platform. The roadmap will help mid-market customers easily
access and manage large-scale data, enabling them to make more-informed
business decisions in real-time. It will also extend that data to the
mobile cloud to give remote workers immediate access to the most
critical information right at their fingertips.
The roadmap - which includes enhanced analytics and cloud-based
technology solutions -- will integrate with existing enterprise
information systems and applications to leverage the mobile cloud,
transforming how users work within and across the enterprise as well as
with those outside the enterprise. Dramatic cost and operational
efficiencies, expanded real-time collaboration with customers, vendors
and partners as well as faster and more personalized customer service
are among the benefits end-users will realize when they implement these
The ability to analyze large data sets - known as Big Data - will drive
global innovation, productivity and consumer surplus, according to a
recent study authored by McKinsey Global Institute. For example,
retailers leveraging the power of Big Data can increase operating
margins by more than 60 percent. In most industries, both established
and new organizations must leverage data-driven strategies to innovate,
compete and capture value from deep and up-to-real-time information.
VAI's new and enhanced solutions will allow organizations to rapidly
uncover the right data sets and provide intelligence on how to act on
that data based on the situation at hand.
A 2012 IBM Beacon Award winner for Outstanding Solution for Midsize
Businesses, VAI is renowned for its' award-winning software suite
specifically designed for mid-market and enterprise organizations in the
distribution, manufacturing, specialty retail and service sectors.
Organizations such as Smith Drugs, Turtle Wax, Roto Rooter, Joshen Paper
and Packaging, Maple Leaf Farms and Acme Tool rely on its S2K Software
to automate critical business functions and deliver better bottom-line
"We worked closely with IBM on defining this next-generation roadmap,"
said VAI CEO Bob Vormittag. "New advances in analytics and mobile cloud
technology will empower mid-market and enterprise organizations to
embrace analytics and quickly realize the value in accesing the right
data in real-time. ERP continues to be the critical next step for
organizations looking to improve efficiencies by using integrated
applications to make more-informed business decisions at a much faster
VAI's S2K technology roadmap includes key performance indicators (KPIs),
interactive dashboards and graphics to provide real-time business
intelligence functions within the enterprise. And, it will allow users
to do more than just retrieve information over the web; it will provide network
as a platform computing, allowing users to run the software entirely
through a browser.
RefrigiWear, Inc., the world's leading manufacturer of insulated
industrial outerwear, is an early adopter of VAI's CRM Solution, which
is part of the roadmap.
"We recently implemented VAI's S2K Sales Force which is powered by IBM
Websphere Portal," said Robert Scarboro, IT director, RefrigiWear, Inc.
"Our outside sales staff can now use smart devices, small laptop PCs and
iPads to directly view patterns, notes, previous sales, inventory
levels, past appointments and associated outcomes by making a few clicks
or taps prior to visiting clients. They can also enter more notes or
place orders in real-time - which are all immediately visible to our
back office. This is a major productivity and customer service boost for
The first wave of new S2K enterprise solutions - including enhanced
versions of S2K Analytics and S2K Sales Force -- will be available this
October in tandem with VAI's 2012 User Conference (Oct. 25-27, 2012,
Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas) while the second wave of advanced Web
2.0-enhanced solutions will roll-out by Fall 2013.
The S2K roadmap will involve new integrated applications as well as
continued development in the following areas:
Easy-to-use, web-based marketing tool that provides email
marketing, online surveys and direct mail postcards, among other
key functions. Advanced reporting tools will analyze overall email
performance and report on open and click-through rates, top
performing lists, recent email comparisons and click-to-conversion
Sales Force Automation
New and enhanced applications include back office CRM function,
sales management dashboards and mobile remote sales applications.
Enhanced Forecasting and Requirements Planning
New and enhanced forecasting and requirements planning
capabilities will help users reduce inventory and boost
productivity of the supply chain across all operations.
Electronic Data Interchange
Enhanced, pre-developed Maps for common EDI Trading Partners
include a combination of automated tools, built-in EDI
collaboration logic and object reuse. This EDI application will
let users implement processes that send and receive orders,
invoices, and shipment notices, or use any standard EDI message
type faster and easier.
Data Integration Tools
Integration with tools will replace and bridge the gaps between
conventional translators, data integration tools, business process
automation tools, web services toolkits, XML transformation
toolkits and spreadsheet integrators. The integration tools will
also provide a flexible set of integration services that can be
combined and configured to suit a variety of business purposes,
User-configurable tools will enhance the function of VAI's WMS
warehouse automation solution with advanced capabilities such as
multi-language development, RFID tracking and integration with
New workflow alerts will monitor activity in S2K and provide
automated, timely information and support via email. Alerts can be
entered to specify tolerance levels and multiple users can be
notified of the same event.
Retail Point of Sale
Enhanced functionality of VAI's SalesLinx POS Backup product will
provide full stand-alone POS functions while disconnected from the
Powered by IBM Cognos (News - Alert), VAI S2K Analytics will continue to
integrate powerful dashboards and reports that will allow users to
easily identify anomalies that could turn into major business
issues, identify and analyze opportunities and trends while
communicating goals consistently with employees and monitoring
performance against targets.
An enhanced industry specific version of S2K Enterprise Suite for
Food will be available.
About VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.)
VAI is a leading independent midmarket ERP software developer renowned
for its customized solutions and ability to automate critical business
functions for the distribution, manufacturing, specialty retail and
service sectors. An IBM Premier Business Partner, VAI is the 2012 IBM
Beacon Award Winner for Outstanding Solutions for Midsize Businesses.
VAI continues to innovate with new solutions that leverage analytics,
business intelligence, mobility and cloud technology to help customers
make more informed business decisions in real-time and empower their
mobile workforces. VAI is headquartered in Ronkonkoma, NY with branch
offices in Miami, Orlando, Chicago and Oroville, CA (News - Alert). For more
information, please contact Diane Dady at 800-824-7776, ext. 236 or
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