Nexgen and Electran Collaborate on BPCS, PRMS E-Commerce Solution

Nexgen Software Technologies Inc. has announced an agreement with Electran Corp. to market Electran's e-commerce solutions in North America and Europe. The arrangement stems from Nexgen's use of the Electran/AS e-commerce solution as the basis for its NexgenCommerce product, which serves users of BPCS from System Software Associates (SSA) and users of PRMS from Acacia Technologies.

NexgenCommerce is designed to provide organizations using BPCS and PRMS on the AS/400 with an integrated e-commerce solution, enabling trading partners as well as authorized company employees to sign on to a company Web site to conduct business using real-time, online order management data from the BPCS and PRMS back-office applications.

"Enterprises running BPCS and PRMS are very interested in e-commerce support for their customers," says Richard Halsten, president of Nexgen (Naperville, Ill.). "Many of these enterprises are still running older, heavily modified versions of BPCS and PRMS. Now these companies can add full e-commerce capability without having to worry about upgrading their installed versions, and without adding staff.

"NexgenCommerce allows their trading partners to place orders over the Internet using any browser and a local Internet connection," Halsten continues. "It integrates with their BPCS and PRMS back-office data. Now companies can have 24x7 access to order entry for trading partners anywhere in the world."

Christopher Herron, president of Electran (Larkspur, Calif.) adds, "Companies running BPCS and PRMS are facing extreme pressure to provide Internet-based order entry to their customers and sales channel. Their customers and sales people need instant and easy-to-use order entry capability with immediate and accurate confirmation of the status of the orders placed. NexgenCommerce, based on Electran/AS, provides that capability quickly."

NexgenCommerce is expected to be available early in the second quarter of this year. Pricing begins at $80,000.

--L. Greenemeier