Infor Re-Brands Datastream EAM, Adds New Feature
July 17, 2007 Alex Woodie
Infor recently launched a new version of the enterprise asset management (EAM) application that it obtained with its $216 million acquisition of Datastream last year. With this release, Infor has renamed the Datastream 7i application as Infor EAM Enterprise Edition, and added a new feature designed to streamline the management of configurations.
As a class of product, EAM is designed to help customers manage their large capital assets, such as factories, truck fleets, and machinery. By automating the maintenance schedules for these pieces of equipment, tracking their usage, monitoring their state, and maintaining a tight grip on any warranty claims, EAM users can expect to wring the most bang for their capital-investment buck.
With the announcement of EAM Enterprise Edition in late June, Infor updated Datastream 7i, the product’s former name. Chief among the enhancements is a new component called Configuration Manager that’s designed to lessen the manual intervention needed to maintain settings as configurations are moved from testing to training and, finally, to production.
Infor says EAM Enterprise Edition offers the most benefits to customers in the trucking, manufacturing, facilities management, and life sciences industries. However, despite the alignment with System i industry sweet spots–and Infor’s place at the top of the midrange ISV food chain–the new solution does not run on the i5/OS server.
Instead, Infor EAM Enterprise Edition runs under Windows, Unix, and Linux operating systems. However, Infor’s customers who are using one of the company’s many i5/OS ERP products can utilize the EAM offering through Infor’s Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), an Infor spokesman said.
Future releases of EAM Enterprise Edition will provide business-specific functionality for additional industries, Infor says.