Coda on IBM i Beats Out PeopleSoft Upgrade
December 3, 2013 Alex Woodie
When it came time for a financial system upgrade, DecoPac, the world’s largest provider of cake decorations, selected UNIT4‘s Coda package running on IBM i over an upgrade of Oracle‘s PeopleSoft, the software vendor announced last week.
DecoPac is an Anoka, Minnesota-based company that markets and distributes a range of cake, cookie, and cupcake decoration products to professional bakeries around the world. For decades, the company has developed its own IBM i software to handle sales and distribution.
According to DecoPac, a key consideration in its selection of Coda Financials over a PeopleSoft upgrade was Coda’s track record of supporting and integrating its software on the IBM i server. Coda is a Java-based suite of integrated financial apps, including general ledger, AP, and AR, as well as reporting and analytical capabilities. The software is often deployed on IBM i, where it has hundreds of customers and its biggest deployments.
Val Arntson, DecoPac’s IT director says the business needed a new system that could handle growth. “It became apparent that our internal system alone was not able to keep pace with the reporting and analytical requirements of our expanding business,” she says in a press release.
As the company considered its options for new financial systems, IBM i integration was a big component. “The integration with Coda Financials as the back-office [financial] system enhances our custom system and maximizes levels of visibility and collaboration throughout our company. Having the two systems tightly integrated will fulfill the changing needs of our business,” Arntson says.
DecoPac expects to be up and running on the Coda Financials system by late Q2 2014.