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Glass solutions in the cloud


June 17, 2009
By Glass Canada

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Cloud computing is a term used to describe the trend in digital
technology where users access and store program applications and save
data on offsite servers instead of a local computer hard drive.

Cloud computing is a term used to describe the trend in digital technology where users access and store program applications and save data on offsite servers instead of a local computer hard drive. While social networks like Facebook and web based e-mail such as Gmail or Hotmail are based on this technology, it has now migrated to the glass industry.

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On-demand software delivery method means the system is accessed solely through the Internet with no additional servers to purchase or software to install.

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The Canadian design team of the Glassware enterprise resource planning (ERP) system has introduced Profit Center’s Glazier Edition, the first web-based business management software solution dedicated to glaziers and flat glass shops. It provides the fundamental tools and features of a customized business management system to companies that do not have the finances or resources available to implement a custom solution. Profit Center’s hosted, on-demand, software delivery method means the system is accessed solely through the Internet with no additional servers to purchase or software to install on company computers.

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The program is built to integrate the data and processes of the major functions of glass businesses into one single system that uses a unified database. The system handles transactions, maintains records, provides real time information and facilitates planning and control. Various personnel can more easily share information and communicate with each other as well as store data for various functions found throughout the organization. Modules include order entry, optimization, scheduling, inventory, purchasing and invoicing.

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Glazier Edition’s Optimizer is designed to increase the yield of material cut from a stock sheet. The system sorts orders and nests the various shapes and sizes of like glass materials together. The optimization software uses this information to calculate many millions of complex algorithms quickly to find the best possible yield to reduce waste. Optimizations can be printed out in a layout report which makes the optimizer a valuable tool for manual cutting. The layout report provides smaller companies who do not have automatic cutting equipment with the same yield advantages as much larger companies. The end result is an increase in company profits.

Reducing costs
Many organizations do not want to incur the costs of installing a business management application on their own hardware. The deferred costs of not having to purchase hardware and software alone can add up to thousands of dollars in savings. The savings on system maintenance and administration are also sizeable. Gone are the days when an administrator spent hours trying to install a patch or perform database maintenance – these tasks are completed by the technical team at Profit Center. The Glazier Edition hosted application helps customers reduce costs and gets them up and running faster than traditional software packages. Glazier Edition requires no disk space on the customer’s end. The system upgrades automatically with new features and customers are always running the latest version allowing them to focus on using the software, not maintaining it. The Glazier Edition is also cross platform compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux operating platforms because it operates within a web browser window.

The company invites glass professionals to try a free trial of the program and is offering Glass Canada readers an extended 14 day free trial and free multi-user functionality by entering promotional code RP0908.

www.glassprofitcenter.com