Mapics, a provider of enterprise solutions for manufacturers, has released version 2.0 of both its eProcurement and Portal software applications, built on Microsoft’s .NET framework.

Mapics says its eProcurement release 2.0 is a solution that provides real-time interaction between a manufacturer and its suppliers via a secure browser, extending buyer/supplier collaboration capabilities and automating processes.

A key feature in eProcurement is the “quick view digital dashboard,” which helps reduce the need for suppliers to follow up with buyers via the phone or email to check order and payment status, Mapics says. Another key benefit, the company adds, is the ability to view future demand orders to help suppliers plan.

“A leaner supply chain requires buyers and suppliers to work more closely together, and collaborate more effectively,” said Jeff Cashman, chief marketing executive for Mapics. “With this release of Mapics eProcurement, our customers’ suppliers now have enhanced capabilities to better track, plan and deliver against their inventory as never before. Our customers have been able to achieve double-digit reductions in direct materials costs which, for some manufacturers, run as high as 80 percent of their total costs.”

Mapics Portal release 2.0 combines the characteristics of an Intranet or extranet with access to business systems and information. It is a single point of access for applications, business content, services and customer and supplier information for the enterprise, its customers and its suppliers. Features include alerts, real-time collaboration capabilities and secure interfaces.

“As our customers move toward utilizing more web-based technologies to improve productivity, products such as Mapics Portal will provide the flexibility and capability needed to accomplish their goals and generate real cost savings,” added Cashman. “Mapics Portal provides a complete solution, eliminating the need for custom integration.”