I am pleased to announce that Glovia International’s G2 enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution is now TEC Certified and available for online evaluation of ERP for discrete manufacturing solutions in TEC’s ERP Evaluation Center.
Glovia has more than 30 years of experience developing its solution to meet the needs of discrete manufacturers. And, based on the data evaluated by Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC), G2 is one of the more robust discrete manufacturing solutions on the market. G2 supports multiple currencies, languages, and locations.
Glovia International is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Group, a world-leading multinational information technology (IT) services provider. The software was originally developed at Xerox’s computer systems in early 1970s. The current product—glovia G2—was first released in 1990 as Xerox Chess. The product was used by Fujitsu in its manufacturing facilities, and Fujitsu decided to purchase a 50% interest in Glovia. Glovia was then fully acquired by Fujitsu in 2000 and became known as Glovia International, Inc. As part of Fujitsu, Glovia gains access to the parent company’s comprehensive portfolio of services and products.
The solution can manage multiple simple or complex business processes and meets the needs of engineer-to-order, configure-to-order, make-to-order, make-to-stock, make-to-forecast, ultra-high volume (continuous), and mixed-mode manufacturing operations. G2 can also accommodate a variety of manufacturing strategies including lean manufacturing, Kanban, Just-in-time (JIT), and Seiban.
Key differentiators of G2 include the following:
Glovia continues to devote a significant amount of research and development resources to its solution. TEC last certified G2 in September 2011. Since then, G2 has added full support of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 database in addition to its existing support of the Oracle RDBMS. G2 can now take advantage of SQL Server 2012’s advanced features including interactive data exploration, visualization, presentation, and drag-and-drop ad hoc reporting. The support for SQL Server is no small undertaking and shows that Glovia is committed to supporting their customers’ requirements to reduce business and IT costs and increase return on investment through technology solutions.
Glovia also introduced their new “grid” interface layer into the G2 system. The grids have the look and feel of a common spreadsheet; key transaction data (such as a sales order, invoice, employee, and purchase order) is displayed to the user as a scrollable list. When a user is on a particular record in the grid, he/she simply right clicks on the record to go into the detailed transaction screen. The system is currently being shipped with some 40 precreated grids. The grids help significantly increase user productivity and can reduce end-user training requirements. An example of a grid screen for employee information is shown here.
In addition to being a software developer and provider, Glovia offers a full range of additional services for its customers. The company has a full staff of service professionals to help ensure a successful implementation and continued support of the solution. The Glovia services organization follows a thorough and tested 11-step implementation methodology. glovia G2 is supported worldwide—by Glovia International in North America and Europe and by Fujitsu’s subsidiaries in other regions, particularly Asia and Japan.
You can see how G2 stacks up against the competition in much greater detail using TEC’s proprietary tool TEC Advisor. I’m currently in the process of writing the full glovia G2 Certification Report, with more on the product’s background, highlights, features and functions, and competitive strengths and weaknesses. Look for the report in the next few weeks on glovia G2 page in the TEC IT Showcase and in the TEC Certification Reports page.