Among the major international ERP brands localized for the Brazilian market, we should mention SAP with its recently localized product: SAP Business One, Oracle: Oracle E-Business Suite/Oracle Financials/Oracle Applications, Microsoft Business Solutions Navision (Microsoft Dynamics NAV) and Axapta (Microsoft Dynamics AX) – Axapta localization is scheduled to be available in 2006. In this small article, we will focus on the highlights of Oracle E-Business Suite Brazilian localization and the competition. Oracle Finance:
o Standard functionalities – they automate business processes that are common in all countries so that they are used worldwide. The globalization code “JG” is located in the product areas of globalization
o Regionalized code – for America it is “JL”
o Brazilian localization – the code is “JLBR”.
Competition: SAP Business One. When we talk about medium and small companies (10-300 employees), we want to make a comparison of how SAP solves localization, especially language and control code issues
o New modern system. SAP decided to buy the redesigned system from a software development company in Israel. The new system name is SAP Business One, the purchase took place 4 years ago (it’s 2005) and currently SAP Business One has 8,000 installations worldwide.
o Simplified language switching concept. You switch languages by pressing two keys on your keyboard
o Tax Code. Object-Oriented Approach, well, one might expect a pure object-oriented design for the control codes, where the control engine itself is a super-object containing the hierarchy of sub-objects. It’s not that elegant, but the design of SAP Business One is nice nonetheless. As it is now being implemented for Brazil, there should be a good prototype for implementation for another ‘unique’ tax engine – India.
Competition: Microsoft Business Solutions. Here we have several systems to be the workhorse in the Brazilian MRP market: Great Plains, Solomon, Navision and Axapta. Currently Navision is localized and the localization is supported by MBS, plus the Axapta localization as mentioned above is about to be released
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