Systems Solutions: 2007 Order Management Software Roundup

Apr 01, 2007 9:30 PM  By

Shopping for order management software (OMS) is never fun, but at least we’ve done much of the legwork for you with our annual roundup. We have four new systems in this year’s review, along with updates on the systems we reviewed last year.

Actually, “new” may be a misnomer. Two of the four newly reviewed solutions are actually new Java variations of existing applications: CWSerenade (the Java version of CWDirect from Datavantage/CommercialWare) and Escalate Retail Multi-Channel Commerce (the Java version of Escalate’s Ecometry Commerce Suite). The third is SigmaCommerce from Sigma-Micro, which incorporates much of what had been the Quark Commerce Suite. The fourth, Comprehensive Commerce Suite from Abison, is a brand-new Windows-based system with an integrated e-commerce platform.

A fifth new system, Opentaps’ Open Source ERP + CRM, was excluded from the roundup because, As the name indicates, it is open-source software that you can download for free and configure yourself to run on a PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle, or MS SQL Server — provided you have the software development skills available, of course. The Opentaps user community provides support to itself (see www.opentaps.org).

Note: The functional grades and ranks in the accompanying chart are based on the vendors’ own input, giving you a chance to see where they believe their strengths lie.


Ernie Schell is director of Ventnor, NJ-based consultancy Marketing Systems Analysis.

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OMS DIRECTORY

ASSISTCOMMERCE SUITE
www.assistcornerstone.com
Introduced: 1990 Version: 9 Company: Assist Cornerstone, founded 1988; parent company is Ameritege Contact: sales at 800-732-0136, info@assistcornerstone.com Operating system: IBM OS/i5 Database: DB2 Open database connectivity: any ODBC database E-commerce database: PostGreSQL preferred, MYSQL, Oracle E-commerce platform integrated with: Websphere Manifesting system: Varsity (all carriers) Credit-card processors supported: Chase Paymentech, First Data, Linkpoint Datawire, Verisign, Visanet Sales-tax system supported: Vertex Other modules: general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, CRM

AVEXXIS
www.avexxis.com
Introduced: 1995 Version: 7.25 Company: Avexxis Corp., founded 1998 Contact: Frank Hanshaw, 860-676-9006 x804, frankh@avexxis.com Operating systems: Windows, Unix, Linux Database: Universe Open database connectivity: SLQServer E-commerce platforms integrated with: Infopia, Yahoo!, custom Manifesting systems: Aristo, Clippership, UPS Credit-card processors supported: Chase Paymentech, Global Nova Sales-tax systems supported: Taxware, internal Accounting packages integrated with: Great Plains, Macola, Solomon Other modules: accounting Updates: a new GUI front end; Web services to interface to a new Webstore initiative to be available in the second half of 2007.

CADENCE FULFILLMENT SYSTEM
www.cadretech.com
Introduced: 2002 Version: 3.1 Company: Cadre Technologies, founded 2001 Contact: Roger Rountree, 303-217-7056, Roger.rountree@cadretech.com Operating system: Windows Server Database: SQL/Server Open database connectivity: SQL/Server E-commerce database: Cadence Web Access E-commerce platform integrated with: Microsoft Axapta Manifesting systems: all carriers (can integrate to Clippership) Credit-card processors supported: all Sales-tax systems supported: internal Accounting packages integrated with: Microsoft Business Solutions, SAP Other modules: activity billing, speech-directed operations, box sizing

COMMERCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (CMS)
www.newhavensoftware.com
Introduced: 2006 Version: 4.0 Company: NewHaven Software (formerly Haven Corp., founded 1986); parent company is BrodieWare Ltd. Contact: Tom Danner, 425-861-7120 x111, tedanner@newhavensoftware.com Operating system: Windows Database: Sybase iAnywhere SQL Open database connectivity: any ODBC database E-commerce database: a proprietary application developed with LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl) E-commerce platforms integrated with: 1ShoppingCart, Miva, Yahoo! Store, others, plus XML Manifesting systems: Endicia.com, FedEx Ship Manager, HaveySoft, UPS WorldShip Credit-card processors supported: Authorize.net, PC Charge Payment Server, TransFirst (ePay) Accounting package integrated with: QuickBooks Pro Other modules: executive information system, purchasing, product fulfillment staging, computer telephony integration (CTI; on development)

COMPREHENSIVE COMMERCE SUITE
www.abison.com
Introduced: 2006 Version: 1 Company: Abison, founded 1997, Contact: Scott A. Karlo, 330-877-8892, info@abison.com. Operating system: Windows Database: SQL/Server Open database connectivity: any ODBC database E-commerce database: MySQL Manifesting systems: Shiptec, UPS Worldship Credit-card processors supported: Nova, Paymentech Accounting packages integrated with: Eagle by Activant, Quickbooks

CORESENSE ON-DEMAND RETAIL MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
www.coresense.com
Introduced: 2000 Version: 4.15 Company: CoreSense, founded 1999 Contact: Scott Kuhne, 518-306-3043 x3972, skuhne@coresense.com Operating system: Linux Database: MySQL E-commerce database: MySQL Manifesting systems: FedEx, UPS Credit-card processors supported: Authorize.net, Chase Paymentech Sales-tax system supported: Taxware Accounting packages integrated with: Intaact, JDA, PeopleSoft, Quickbooks Other modules: affiliate marketing, multichannel support, supply chain management, product catalog/digital asset management, complex product configurator

CWDIRECT
www.commercialware.com
Introduced: 1996 Version: 10.5 Company: Datavantage/CommercialWare, founded 1975 Contact: Laura Naylor, 508-655-7500, x9331, info@commercialware.com Operating system: OS400 Database: DB2 E-commerce platforms integrated with: Amazon.com, ATG, BroadVision, eOne Group, Fry, MarketLive, Websphere, others Manifesting systems: Agile Ship, Clippership, and ScanCode all standard, plus Aristo, Pitney Bowes, others Credit-card processors supported: BML, Cardinal Commerce, Chase Paymentech, CyberSource, FNMS, NPC, PayPal Sales-tax system supported: Vertex Accounting packages integrated with: Great Plains, Island Pacific, JDA, PeopleSoft Other modules: CWCollaborate, CWLocate, systemwide scripting tool

CWSERENADE
www.commercialware.com
Introduced: 2006 Version: 1.0 Company: Datavantage/CommercialWare, founded 1975 Contact: Laura Naylor, 508-655-7500, x9331, info@commercialware.com Operating system: AIX, HPUX, Linux, OS400, Windows Databases: DB2, Oracle, SQL, Sybase E-commerce platforms integrated with: Amazon.com, ATG, BroadVision, eOne Group, Fry, MarketLive, Websphere, others Manifesting systems: Agile Ship, ClipperShip, and ScanCode all standard, plus Pitney Bowes, Aristo, others Credit-card processors supported: BML, Cardinal Commerce, Chase Paymentech, CyberSourceFNMS, NPC, PayPal Sales-tax systems supported: Vertex Accounting packages integrated with: Great Plains, JDA, Lawson, Oracle, Peachtree, PeopleSoft, SAP Other modules: CWCollaborate, CWLocate, CWValueCard, CWStore, CWData/Analytics. PABP certification to support PCI Compliance.

DIRECT 500
www.csiflorida.com
Introduced: 2004 Version: 6.3 Company: Computer Solutions, founded 1979 Contact: Ernie Smith, 305-558-7000, Ernie_Smith@CSIFlorida.com Operating system: Windows Database: SQL Open database connectivity: any ODBC database E-commerce databases: ASP.Net, Microsoft Internet Information Services Manifesting systems: Clippership, Worldship Credit-card processors supported: Paymentech, all processors supported by PCCharge Other modules: HR, payroll, manufacturing, contact management, fixed asset accounting, project accounting

DIRECTIONS FULFILLMENT SYSTEM
www.peppler.com
Introduced: 1984 Version: 9 Company: Peppler & Associates, founded 1980 Contact: Patrick Peppler, 847-382-6866, pat@peppler.com Operating systems: IBM iSeries, Jboss, Windows 2003 Server Database: DB2 Open database connectivity: any ODBC database E-commerce database: Java J2EE/Directions Manifesting systems: FedEx Server, HarveySoft, UPS WorldShip Credit-card processors supported: Chase Paymentech, First Data, Litle & Co., TrustCommerce, Verisign Sales-tax systems supported: all states Accounting packages integrated with: Directions Financial Systems integrated; interfaces to MAS90, MAS500 Other modules: e-mail campaign management, payables, receivables, financial reporting Updates: Web-based call center order entry, wireless warehouse applications for receiving and cycle counting, Web service for gift cards

ECOMETRY COMMERCE SUITE
www.ecometry.com
Introduced: 1990 Version: 9.0 Company: Escalate Retail (created when Ecometry Corp. and GERS Retail Systems merged in August 2006); parent company is Golden Gate Capital Contact: Charlene Smith, 561-454-4233, csmith@escalate.com Operating systems: Unix, Windows Databases: Oracle, SQL2000 Open database connectivity: any ODBC database E-commerce databases: native real-time integration to its own Java and .NET e-commerce platforms E-commerce platforms integrated with: ATG, Blue Martini, Broadvision, Coldfusion, CommerceServer, WebSphere Manifesting systems: Clippership, NeoPost, others Credit-card processors supported: Chase Merchant Services, Fifth Third Bank, First Data, First National Merchant Solutions, Litle & Co., NPC, Transfirst Accounting packages integrated with: Peachtree Integrated; interfaces to Epicor, Great Plains, GTS, Lawson, Multiview, Oracle, PeopleSoft, QuickBooks, SAP, others Sales-tax systems supported: EEC, GST, VAT, Vertex, Tax Fields Other modules: e-mail, predictive response, wireless warehouse, inventory forecasting, CRM, guided selling, assembly, gift registry/wish list, installment billing/continuity/standing order

ESCALATE RETAIL MULTI-CHANNEL COMMERCE
www.escalateretail.com
Introduced: 1999 Version: 7.0 Company: Escalate Retail (created when Ecometry Corp. and GERS Retail Systems merged in August 2006), parent company is Golden Gate Capital Contact: Charlene Smith, 561-454-4233, csmith@escalate.com Operating systems: UNIX, Windows Database: Oracle Open database connectivity: N/A E-commerce database: native support for Escalate e-commerce (formerly Blue Martini) E-commerce platforms integrated with: ATG, IBM Manifesting system: Clippership Credit-card processors supported: First Data,Paymentech, others Accounting packages integrated with: Chase Paymentech, First Data/Nabanco, Great Plains, Lawson, NPC, Oracle, Platinum, SAP Sales-tax system supported: Taxware Other modules: guided selling, faceted navigation/search, relationship marketing, kiosk, clienteling

INORDER
www.morsedata.com
Introduced: 2000 Version: 4.9 Company: Morse Data Corp., founded 1975 Contact: 888-667-7332, sales@morsedata.com Operating system: Windows 3000 Server Database: SQL/Server Open database connectivity: any ODBC database E-commerce databases: ADO/ASP, JavaScript, .NET E-commerce platforms integrated with: Yahoo! Store, proprietary Manifesting systems: Ascent, ClipperShip, Endicia, Malvern Systems, Pitney Bowes Credit-card processors supported: TransFirst, Chase Paymentech, Orbital Gateway (real-time Internet), Authorize.Net, Signio Verisign, IC Verify Credit Now (batch) Sales-tax system supported: CCH ZipSales Tax Data Service Accounting packages integrated with: Great Plains, Oracle Financials, PeachTree, QuickBooks Other modules: job cost, subscriptions, commissions, royalties, purchasing, accounts payable, accounts receivable

JUNCTION SOLUTIONS INTEGRATED RETAIL PRODUCT SUITE
www.junctionsolutions.com
Introduced: 2004 Version: 4.1 Company: Junction Solutions, founded 2002 Contact: Nicole Fitzmaurice, 847-947-7950 x1013, nfitzmaurice@junctionsolutions.com Operating system: Windows XP/Vista Server Database: SQL/Server Open database connectivity: SQL/Server 2005 E-commerce databases: ASP .NET 2.0, Dynamics/AS Enterprise Portal Manifesting systems: Pitney Bowes, ProShip, Starship Credit-card processors supported: Chase Paymentech, FastTransact Sales-tax systems supported: Taxware, Vertex Accounting packages integrated with: Great Plains, J.D. Edwards, PeopleSoft Other modules: telemarketing, CRM, manufacturing, supply chain, financial management, HR

MACH2K
www.mach2k.com
Introduced: 1993 Version: 15.1 Company: Data Management Associates, founded 1979 Contact: Larry Maher, 800-660-1275 x204, larry.maher@mach2k.com Operating systems: AIX, MSNT 2003, Redhat Linux, SCO Unix Database: IBM UniVerse 10.1 Open database connectivity: any ODBC database E-commerce databases: Faircom C-tree, IBM Redback E-commerce platform integrated with: DMinSite IIS Manifesting systems: CAFÉ, Clippership, Kewill, Malvern, NeoPost, Pitney Bowes, WorldShip Credit-card processors supported: Chase Paymentech, ICVerify, PCCharge, PPI Accounting packages integrated with: Great Plains, MAS2000, Quickbooks, SBT Other modules: Web-based query tools, personalization, gift certificates/messages, continuity, integrated fax/e-mail

MAIL ORDER MANAGER (M.O.M.)
www.dydacomp.com
Introduced: 1986 Version: 6.0 Company: Dydacomp, founded 1983 Contact: Robert Coon, 800-858-3666 x231, rob@dydacomp.com Operating system: Windows Database: VFP/SQL Open database connectivity: any ODBC database E-commerce database: ASP E-commerce platforms integrated with: Amazon.com, eBay, MIVA, Shopsite, SiteLINK, Yahoo! Store Manifesting systems: Endicia, Harvey CPS Credit-card processors supported: Chase Paymentech, FDC Nashville, FDC Omaha, NDC Global Payments, Nova, Vital Sales-tax systems supported: various U.S., U.K., Canada Accounting packages integrated with: BusinessWorks, Great Plains, Microsoft Small Business Accounting, Peachtree, QuickBooks Other modules: address correction, third-party e-commerce, third-party marketplaces, SiteLink e-commerce option, POS, list management, contact management, shipping calculation, subscription management, advanced warehouse and inventory management Updates: new features focusing on management-level reporting, controls, and audits

MAIL ORDER SOFTWARE PLUS
www.datamann.com
Introduced: 1980 Version: 17.08 Company: Datamann, founded 1975 Contact: Andrew G. Warner, 802-295-6600 x42, awarner@datamann.com Operating system: AIX/UNIX Database: Vision E-commerce database: SmallTalk Manifesting systems: all major systems Credit-card processors supported: FDC, FNMS, Paymentech, Sales-tax system supported: internal Accounting packages integrated with: ABS

MAILWARE
www.mailware.com
Introduced: 2005 Version: 2005 Company: Core Technologies, founded 1995 Contact: Bruce Kowkabany, 866-624-5927, bruce@core-tech.com Operating system: Windows Database: DBISAM Open database connectivity: any ODBC database Manifesting systems: Dazzle by Endicia, UPS Worldship Credit-card processors supported: Authorize.Net, ICVerify, PCAuthorize, PCCharge, XCharge, many gateways Accounting packages integrated with: QuickBooks

NATURAL ORDER
www.naturalsol.com
Introduced: 1999 Version: 8.1.19 Company: Natural Solutions, founded 1992 Contact: Tyce McIntosh, 317-596-1219 x204, tmcintosh@naturalsol.com Operating system: Windows Database: SQL/Server Open database connectivity: any ODBC database E-commerce database: Microsoft E-commerce platform integrated with: Custom/ CommerceV.3 Manifesting systems: Clippership, DHL, FedEx, Harveysoft, Kewill, NeoPost, PitneyBowes, UPS Credit-card processors supported: Authorize.net, Chase Paymentech, FirstData, TransFirst Sales-tax systems supported: multiple Other modules: financials, manufacturing

NETDOTORDER
www.netdotsolutions.com
Introduced: 2002 Version: 1.1-29 Company: NetDotSolutions, founded 1995 Contact: Jamie Christiano, 949-660-0532 x210, Jamie@netdotsolutions.com Operating systems: Linux, Mac, Windows Database: Oracle (ASP hosted) Open database connectivity: any ODBC database E-commerce database: Java Manifesting systems: DHL, FedEx, UPS, others Credit-card processors supported: PC Auth, Verisign Payflow Pro, Web Auth Accounting packages integrated with: MYOB, NetLedger, QuickBooks

ORDERMOTION
www.ordermotion.com
Introduced: 1996 Version: 7.5 Company: OrderMotion, founded 1996 Contact: Niels Christensen, 212-279-6500 x391, nac@ordermotion.com Operating system: Windows (hosted) Database: SQL/Server Open database connectivity: any ODBC database E-commerce databases: SmartPage, or selected by merchant E-commerce platforms integrated with: Amazon.com, Beantree, CommerceV3, Demandware, IBM WebSphere, MarketLive, Modular Merchant, Monster Commerce, OSCommerce, StoreFront, Yahoo! Store Manifesting systems: FedEx, DHL, UPS, USPS Credit-card processors supported: Authorize.net, Cybersource, Orbital (Chase Paymentech), Transfirst, USA ePay, Verisign Accounting packages integrated with: Great Plains, Peachtree, QuickBooks Other modules: e-mail management/blaster, list selection, drop-shipper management, action chains, call center scripts Updates: enhanced merchandising and taxation tools

ORDER POWER!
www.csiflorida.com
Introduced: 1995 Version: 4.1.0 Company: Computer Solutions, founded 1979 Contact: Ernie Smith, 305-558-7000, Ernie_Smith@CSIFlorida.com Operating system: OS/400 Database: DB2 Open database connectivity: any ODBC database E-commerce database: Apache E-commerce platforms integrated with: all Manifesting systems: Clippership, Logistics Pro, Worldship Credit-card processors supported: CES, Chase Paymentech, Nabanco, NDC, PCBatch, PC-Charge Sales-tax systems supported: Vertex, independent systems Accounting packages integrated with: J.D. Edwards, others Other modules: general ledger, accounts payable/receivable, work orders, activity tracking

ORDERSUITE
www.ordersuite.com
Introduced: 1995 Version: 5.75 Company: OrderSuite, founded 1992 Contact: 888- 607-7566, sales@ordersuite.com Operating system: Windows Database: Visual FoxPro Open database connectivity: any ODBC database E-commerce platforms integrated with: eBay, FrontPage, Miva, Monster, OS Commerce, StoreFront, Volusion, Yahoo! Manifesting systems: DHL, FedEx, Harvey, Starship, UPS, USPS Credit-card processors supported: Authorize.net, all processors using PC Charge or IC Verify Sales-tax systems supported: U.S., Canada Accounting packages integrated with: Great Plains, Peachtree, QuickBooks Other modules: replenishment club, automatic backorder release, cumulative response analysis, export list manager

PRA MULTI-CHANNEL RETAIL PLATFORM
www.pinnaclerock.com
Introduced: 2005 Version: 2.5 Company: Pinnacle Rock Associates, founded 1997 Contact: Ricardo Craft, 510-597-0770, rcraft@pinnaclerock.com Operating systems: .NET, Windows Databases: SQL/Server, Open database connectivity: any ODBC database E-commerce databases: Coldfusion, Commerce Server E-commerce platforms integrated with: Web services to packaged solutions Manifesting system: a WMS partner Credit-card processor supported: Clear Commerce Sales-tax system supported: Vertex Accounting package integrated with: Multi-View Other modules: rules-based inventory management, merchandising, product information management, enterprise ledger and data warehouse, drop-ship vendor Web application

PROFITABILITY SOFTWARE SUITE
www.profitcentersoftware.com
Introduced: 2002 Version: 7.40a Company: ProfitCenter Software, founded 2002; parent company is Systemax Contact: George Winter, 516-414-6305, gwinter@profitcentersoftware.com Operating systems: BEA WebLogic, JAVA J2EE, Linux Database: Oracle Open database connectivity: any ODBC database E-commerce database: integrated Manifesting systems: all Credit-card processors supported: Authorize.net, First of Omaha, Litle& Co., Paymentech Accounting packages integrated with: Great Plains, Oracle, QuickBooks Other modules: accounting/general ledger, supply chain management, e-mail, content management, light manufacturing, Website management, vendor portal

RESPONSE
www.colinear.com
Introduced: 1999 Version: 9.1 Company: CoLinear Systems, founded 1985 Contact: Lloyd Merriam: 800-265-4632, x102, sales@colinear.com Operating system: Windows Vista/XP/2000 Database: SQL/Server Open database connectivity: MS-SQL, Oracle E-commerce platforms integrated with: Apache, Commerce Server, IIS, others Manifesting systems: all ODBC-compliant systems Credit-card processors supported: Authorize.net, Chase Paymentech, Litle & Co., Nabanco, Orbital, TransFirst, others Sales-tax systems supported: DPI, Taxware, Vertex Accounting packages integrated with: Accpac, Great Plains, Macola, MAS 500, Peachtree Other modules: telephony/PBX interface/reverse phone lookup, assembly, CASS addressing, advanced personalization, customer self-service, Amazon.com integration Updates: multilevel inventory forecasting, predictive analytics, advanced continuity management, and enhanced CTI functions using Web services

SHIP4U
www.ciotech.com
Introduced: 2005 Version: A20070216 Company: CIO Technologies, founded 1987 Contact: Gunnar Fredlund, 805-898-2444, gunnarf@ciotech.com Operating system: Windows/MPE Database: Image E-commerce database: IIS E-commerce platforms integrated with: 1ShoppingCart, Ultracart Manifesting systems: Abol, Endicia, Kewill, UPS WorldShip Credit-card processors supported: Chase Paymentech, TransFirst Sales-tax systems supported: CCHTax tables, Flat Tax Other modules: assembly, limited-edition tracking, continuity, installment plans, consignment inventory, container receiving Updates: virtual fulfillment supporting a combination of fulfillment providers, call centers, pr-integrated shopping carts, and a multidimensional inventory structure

SIGMACOMMERCE
www.sigma-micro.com
Introduced: 2005 Version: 4.0 Company: Sigma Micro Corp., founded 1982 Contact: John Roth, 800-227-4462 x8619, jyroth@sigma-micro.com Operating system: Windows Database: SQL/Server 2005 Open database connectivity: any OBDC database E-commerce database: Windows 2003 Server E-commerce platforms integrated with: ATG, Demandware, others Manifesting system: FedEx, Kewill, Starship, UPS Credit-card processors supported: Chase Paymentech, FDMS, First National Merchant Services Sales-tax systems supported: Taxware, Vertex Accounting packages integrated with: ABS, MAS500

STONE EDGE ORDER MANAGER
www.stoneedge.com
Introduced: 2000 Version: 4.412 Company: Stone Edge Technologies, founded 1983 Contact: Barney Stone, 215-641-1837 x111, barney@stoneedge.com Operating system: Windows Databases: MS Access (standard vers.), SQL/Server (enterprise version) Open database connectivity: any ODBC database E-commerce platforms integrated with: AbleCommerce, Amazon.com, Americart, Cart32, ChannelAdvisor, eBay, Global Web Cart, others Credit-card processors supported: Authorize.net, CyberSource, ECHO, Jet PayLinkPoint, Payflow Pro, PC Charge, ProTX, QuickBooks Merchant Services, SkipJack, USAePay, Yahoo! Accounting package integrated with: QuickBooks Other modules: multichannel integration, e-mail merge, notes, task management Updates: integrated POS system, major improvements to other functions

TERNOVELOCITY
www.terno.com
Introduced: 1999 Version: 11.0 Company: Terno & Associates, founded 1992 Contact: Jeff Moliterno, 330-629-7004, jeff@terno.com Operating systems: Linux, UNIX, Windows Database: IBM UniVerse Open database connectivity: any ODBC database E-commerce databases: CommerceServer, IIS, Open Source E-commerce platforms integrated with: CommerceServer, IIS, LAMP, Redback Middleware, interfaces to any Manifesting systems: Aristo, Clippership, FedEx Powership, Harvey Software, Malvern, StarShip, UPS Worldship, any ODBC compliant Credit-card processors supported: Chase Paymentech, CMS FirstData, ICVerify Sales-tax systems supported: U.S., Canada Other modules: pick/pack productivity, bill of materials Updates: several improvements to Web functions