Intuitive Manufacturing Systems, a provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for discrete manufacturers, has acquired SupplyWorks as part of its growth strategy for 2006. SupplyWorks’ platform for multi-location supplier collaboration extends ERP functionality with supply chain management (SCM) features such as supply chain visibility, synchronization, automated replenishment, and performance measurements through a web-based supplier portal.
“The acquisition of SupplyWorks by Intuitive is strategic, timely and very complementary,” says Chuck Gillam, president and CEO of Intuitive. “Our goal was to acquire a full-function SCM solution that meets the multi-location supplier collaboration requirements for our existing and future customers.”
Current Intuitive customers will be able to extend their Intuitive ERP with SupplyWorks functionality, as Intuitive ERP and SupplyWorks are built on the same Microsoft foundations and integration will be seamless. Intuitive is dedicated to .NET and service-oriented architecture (SOA) technology, and the company plans to leverage the benefits of next-generation .NET for its manufacturing customers.
In addition to actively marketing, selling and supporting the SupplyWorks solution through its existing sales channel, Intuitive is creating new agreements with selected system integrators who are supporting other legacy ERP systems. SupplyWorks is not dependent on a specific ERP system.