Sage Business Solutions signs on Lascom as new strategic partner

Combined Sage ERP X3 and Lascom Project Lifecycle Management solution will help organisations achieve process excellence

Sage Business Solutions, a leading global supplier of business management software, today announced it has signed Lascom as a strategic partner for Sage ERP X3 in the Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Island markets.

The agreement will enable local Sage ERP X3 business partners, customers and prospects, to tap into Lascom’s expertise and capability with complementary offerings such as their Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution which integrates directly with Sage ERP X3 and enables companies to better manage their product development processes.

Since its inception, Sage ERP X3 has been specifically designed to fulfil the needs of midmarket companies resulting in fast implementation, ease of use, rapid adoption, and cost effectiveness but without compromising on its capacity to handle business processes. Key features include embedded workflow, integrated business intelligence, dashboards and device-independent access and reporting, as well as financials, manufacturing, distribution, supply chain, retail, and integrated CRM functionality.
At the same time, Lascom perfectly fits with ERP features and enhances them to provide consumer goods companies with a complete software solution specific to their industry needs. Lascom’s PLM solution includes a new product development module, R&D formulation tool, supplier portal, document management and design labeling which considerably ease daily tasks for Product Development, Marketing, R&D, Quality and Supply teams in FMCG, retail and food service companies.
Lascom originally signed on as a Sage Independent Software Vendor (ISV) partner in France in 2012 and has rapidly expanded globally during 2014 by offering niche industry solutions which enhanced profitability and growth by improving time to market.
“We are excited to extend our relationship with Sage to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands and to mutually growing our business opportunities. Key industries in these markets, including the food, beverage and process manufacturing sectors are responding to consumer concerns for product quality and a more intimate customer experience. At the same time, companies are increasingly required to comply with local and global regulations, be increasingly innovative, reduce time to market, and focus on quality and traceability.
“Historically, PLM was dedicated to engineering but FMCG, food service and retailers increasingly require software to assist in their drive for competitive differentiation, operational management and process transformation. Lascom PLM and Sage ERP X3 are a winning combination for organisations seeking a global vision for process excellence,” said Jil Croquet, Operational and Digital Marketing, Lascom.

Since its inception, Sage ERP X3 has been specifically designed to fulfil the needs of midmarket companies resulting in fast implementation, ease of use, rapid adoption, and cost effectiveness but without compromising on its capacity to handle business processes. Key features include embedded workflow, integrated business intelligence, dashboards and device-independent access and reporting, as well as financials, manufacturing, distribution, supply chain, retail, and integrated CRM functionality.

At the same time, Lascom perfectly fits with ERP features and enhances them to provide consumer goods companies with a complete software solution specific to their industry needs. Lascom’s PLM solution includes a new product development module, R&D formulation tool, supplier portal, document management and design labeling, which considerably ease daily tasks for Product Development, Marketing, R&D, Quality and Supply teams in FMCG, retail and food service companies.

Lascom originally signed on as a Sage Independent Software Vendor (ISV) partner in France in 2012 and has rapidly expanded globally during 2014 by offering niche industry solutions which enhanced profitability and growth by improving time to market.

“We are excited to extend our relationship with Sage to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands and to mutually growing our business opportunities. Key industries in these markets, including the food, beverage and process manufacturing sectors are responding to consumer concerns for product quality and a more intimate customer experience. At the same time, companies are increasingly required to comply with local and global regulations, be increasingly innovative, reduce time to market, and focus on quality and traceability.

“Historically, PLM was dedicated to engineering but FMCG, food service and retailers increasingly require software to assist in their drive for competitive differentiation, operational management and process transformation. Lascom PLM and Sage ERP X3 are a winning combination for organisations seeking a global vision for process excellence,” said Jil Croquet, Operational and Digital Marketing, Lascom.

Lascom specifically enables organisations to better manage their product portfolio with:

– a single repository which centrally manages all product information: data, documents and events associated with product. With this repository, external and internal participants benefit from a “single version of the truth” for workflows, business processes and products.

– a formulation tool for R&D teams. Lascom provides a user-friendly formulation tool to assist R&D professionals in NPD. The impacts of adding, removing or deleting ingredients are immediately observable in term of weight, cost and nutritional facts as well as specifications attached (allergens, certification etc.).

– a quality tool where certification and quality documentation are directly attached to a product. Suppliers and customers have access right to provide or check documents for compliance with regulations.

– a change management tool. As changes are frequent especially in the retail industry, effectively managing ECR, ECN and ECO is key.

– a supplier portal to improve internal and external collaboration through workflow, alert, and notification functionality

– dashboards and metrics to provide information about advancement and due-dates to management teams.

“Many organisations today in FMCG, retail and food service require a Product Lifecycle Management solution that integrates into their ERP systems in order to gain critical and accurate production data, avoid duplication of data processing in two systems and to minimise wastage. Lascom is an ideal ISV partner for Sage as its PLM software suite supports agile product development, quality management, compliance with regulatory requirements, and accelerated time to market by uniquely organising, managing, and inter-relating a wide range of product information. It will be an attractive business proposition for our Sage ERP X3 partner channel in the region, not to mention the benefits this integrated solution brings to our customer community,” said Mike Lorge, Managing Director, Sage Business Solutions.

About Sage Business Solutions Sage Business Solutions is a leader in SMB and mid-market business software offering true freedom of choice with an end-to-end suite of world-class ERP and CRM solutions. Designed for businesses of all shapes and sizes, we don’t believe in a one-size fits all kind of business solution. We can provide small, midsized and larger businesses with a comprehensive, integrated and complete solution that is uniquely tailored to their needs and requirements. Sage Business Solutions has offices and representatives in Sydney and Melbourne, and more than 140 business partners throughout the Australia / New Zealand / Pacific Island region.

For further information, visit www.sagebusiness.com.au

About Lascom Solutions

Founded in 1989, Lascom is a software and services company that helps FMCG, food service and retailers improve productivity and reduce business risks in new product development, change management, quality control, and regulatory compliance. Lascom has helped a wide range of food industry companies save time, improve productivity, make better decisions, reduce risk, and increase market valuations without large investments or organisational disruption.

To learn more, visit www.inno-foodproducts-brainbox.com