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Dell Computer to use Glovia's ERP system

There's a new thoroughbred in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) steeplechase. Glovia, a joint effort between Fujitsu and MDIS, has walked away with a big ERP contract from Dell Computer. Dell has decided to implement Glovia's ERP system worldwide, for its global manufacturing systems initiative, after peering at ERP systems from longtime heavyweights Baan, SAP and Oracle. The implementation will start in Dell's Austin, Texas manufacturing facility, followed by sites in Malaysia and Ireland. The system will run onDell application servers and Dell database servers running Oracle's RDBMS by mid-1999. It's an important win for Glovia, according to Harry Tse, research director of Enterprise Applications from the Yankee Group. Glovia "was able to win the business relationship with a world-class organization such as Dell Computers against intense competition against the big-three ERP players." The decision to go with Glovia over the big three ERP vendors also illustrates that "there are other options for global manufacturers who seek strong industry functionality on a proven, reliable, and scalable technology." Glovia president Bill Engel believes that this win will provide "a showcase" for Glovia to land other wins in the electronics, automotive, capital equipment and telecommunications industries.

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