LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ramco Systems, a global provider of enterprise solutions and services that close the gap between business needs and IT capabilities, today announced the delivery of Ramco Enterprise Series(TM) Release 4.0, the newest version of its enterprise software solutions. These comprehensive, next-generation enterprise applications are delivered as a series of suites, tailored to meet the specific vertical industry requirements for process manufacturing (Ramco Enterprise: Process(TM)), discrete manufacturing (Ramco Enterprise: Discrete(TM)) and asset-intensive industries (Ramco Enterprise Asset Management(TM)). In addition, the company is rolling out horizontal solutions in human resources (Ramco Human Resource Management System(TM)) and business intelligence (Ramco Business Decisions(TM)); and back-office solutions for finance and distribution (Ramco Corporate Solutions(TM)), tailored to retail and service industries. Ramco Enterprise Series applications have been built on a groundbreaking, model-based application development and delivery platform called Ramco VirtualWorks(TM). Ramco VirtualWorks includes a model-based architecture, a complete web-enabled set of workbenches for the application development lifecycle, as well as methodologies for all stages of development and implementation. An "extreme productivity platform," Ramco VirtualWorks allows companies to visualize, implement and change software faster, easier and at lower cost than with the current generation of leading standard enterprise software. Based on a unique, comprehensive model of granular business processes and supporting rules, companies can use the applications as-is, or combine and re- combine components dynamically to reflect their current -- and future business scenarios. The introduction of the Ramco System's groundbreaking architecture and applications represents an investment of 1,500 person-years. "Our experience in working with hundreds of companies led us to take a completely different approach to developing and evolving next-generation enterprise applications that meet today's business realities," said P.R.Venketrama Raja, vice-chairman and managing director of Ramco Systems. "The reality is that each customer's business is unique -- and that it will inevitably change. Ramco Enterprise Series, combined with Ramco VirtualWorks(TM), give customers comprehensive and flexible solutions that match their current individual requirements and adapt easily and continuously to future change on-demand." Release 4.0 is based on the company's proven delivery of its previous enterprise applications suite (Release 3.0), which is installed at over 350 companies and 1,000 sites worldwide. Close to 20 companies have signed contracts and/or are using Ramco Enterprise Series 4.0 suites to date. Bemis Company and the Oregon Research Institute are among the first North American customers to adopt Release 4.0. Ramco Enterprise Series are web-based and collaboration-ready. Developed in a technology-neutral environment, the applications are available for IBM, J2EE and .NET platforms, making them "future-proof" for customers' technical environments. "Ramco has built vertical specific solutions that meet the specialized needs of their target markets," said Yvonne Genovese, research director at Gartner Research. "They have taken a unique approach by having different core products for each vertical, avoiding the typical conflict between different industry requirements." Ramco Enterprise Series was designed to address the gaps of the current generation of enterprise applications by: * Providing accepted best practice functionality and industry-specific requirements while addressing customer-specific unique processes * Enabling and supporting real-time business change -- whether proactive (through continuous business innovation, changing business processes and practices in real-time in order to out-maneuver their competition) or reactive (in response to customer demands, government regulations or competitor innovation). * Assimilating multiple types of applications within a company's enterprise portfolio into integrated business processes Bemis Company and the Oregon Research Institute (ORI) are among the first North American companies to adopt Enterprise Series Release 4.0. Bemis is the largest flexible packaging company in the Americas and a major manufacturer of pressure sensitive materials used for labels, decoration and signage. The company has Ramco's current ERP applications installed in 30 locations and has selected Enterprise Series 4.0 maintenance applications in one of its European plants. ORI has selected Ramco Enterprise Human Resource Management System. "We chose Ramco solutions for its comprehensive offering in the areas of HR, Payroll, Benefits Administration, Accruals and Electronic Timesheets, and Employee Self Service," said Cynthia Gunn, Administrative Coordinator of ORI. "In particular, we will benefit from the system's seamless integration of electronic timesheets to payroll which also automatically handles an individual employees' multiple assignments and compensation. The Ramco team is very customer oriented in providing a well-defined methodology, detailed documentation, and a friendly positive attitude from its consultants." See related releases "Ramco Systems Delivers Groundbreaking Model-Based Architecture," "Ramco Systems Rolls out Innovative Custom Solutions Service" and "Ramco Systems Penetrates US Market with Major Customer Acquisitions." About Ramco Systems Ramco Systems Limited (http://www.ramco.com), established in 1989, is a global provider of enterprise solutions that close the gap between companies' IT capabilities and business objectives. Ramco Systems' solutions include Ramco Enterprise Series, packaged application suites; Ramco Enterprise Custom Solutions, for unique customer requirements; and Ramco VirtualWorks, a groundbreaking, model-based development and delivery platform. More than 1,400 employees serve 1,000 customer sites in 70 industry segments worldwide, including Bemis, Cisco, Columbia Helicopters, Ericsson, Hyundai, MJB Woods, Philips and Swatch. Based in Chennai, India, Ramco Systems is part of the Ramco Group, one of India's most respected organizations and in business for 63 years. The company is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange, National Stock Exchange and the Madras Stock Exchange. Ramco Systems serves more than 140 customers in the U.S. and has offices in Lawrenceville, NJ, Lisle, IL and Milipitas, CA. Ramco Systems. Where Enterprise Solutions Meet Business Reality(SM). All products mentioned are the trademarks of their respective owners.
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