Among the major international ERP brands, localized for 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 concentrate on Oracle E-Business Suite Brazilian localization highlights and its competition. Oracle Financials:
o Standard Functionalities – they automate business processes common in all countries, so these are used Worldwide. Globalization Code ‘JG’ is located in Globalization product ares
o Regionalized Code – for Americas it is ‘JL’
o Brazilian Localization – the code is ‘JLBR’
Competition: SAP Business One. When we are talking about mid-size and small companies (10-300 employees), we would like to give some comparison on how SAP resolves localization, especially language and tax code issue
o New modern system. SAP decided just purchase the newly designed system from software development company in Israel. New system name is SAP Business One, the purchase happened 4 years ago (we are writing in 2005) and currently SAP Business One has 8,000 installations worldwide.
o Simplified Language switch conception. You switch languages by pressing two keys on your keyboard
o Tax Code. Object oriented approach, well, one could expect pure object oriented design for the tax code, where tax engine itself is superobject, containing the hierarchy of subobjects. It is not that elegant, but still the SAP Business One conception is nice. As it is now implemented for Brazil – it should give a good prototype for implementation for another ‘unique’ tax engine – India.
Competition: Microsoft Business Solutions. Here we have several systems to be the workhorse on the Brazilian MRP market: Great Plains, Solomon, Navision and Axapta. Currently Navision is localized and the localization is supported by MBS, plus Axapta localization, as we mentioned above is on the way to be released
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