SoftBrands Releases Fourth Shift Edition for SAP Business One Version 8.1

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 9 / -- SoftBrands, Inc. , a global leader in next-generation enterprise software for manufacturing and hospitality businesses, has released a new version of its SAP-centric manufacturing ERP system, Fourth Shift Edition for SAP Business One. The new version 8.1 includes improved functionality for pricing and discounts for sales orders, as well as the new Fourth Shift Edition software development kit.

Fourth Shift Edition for SAP Business One reinforces its commitment to openness, interoperability, flexibility and control with version 8.1, which provides users with a new FSE software development kit. The SDK, which is a .NET framework, allows users to create transaction functions to import data into the Fourth Shift Edition system from a variety of sources. Users are empowered to use and create specialized products that connect with FSE, extending its ERP capabilities through seamless links to other existing systems.

"Many of our customers have point solutions that are specialized to their specific needs, and they want to integrate them with Fourth Shift Edition," said Ralf Suerken, senior vice president and general manager of manufacturing for SoftBrands. "The SDK allows them to do just that, and our customers are thrilled with how easy it is to use."

Fourth Shift Edition 8.1 also includes new functionality that extends FSE to include both price lists and special prices for items. Instead of using one price per item, the new functionality allows for unit-pricing flexibility by price list or by discount structure. FSE 8.1 also includes customer-level discount functionality for sales orders, allowing discount rates to be applied to entire sales orders rather than individual items.

Fourth Shift Edition for SAP Business One combines strong manufacturing functionality, integrated with the strength and security of SAP, a worldwide leader in business application software. Fourth Shift Edition provides small and midsize manufacturers with a modular, manageable and affordable solution that offers the best of both Fourth Shift and SAP, and a scalable investment to meet future needs.

About SoftBrands

SoftBrands, Inc. is a global leader in providing solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses in the manufacturing and hospitality industries worldwide. With more than 4,000 customers in over 60 countries now actively using its manufacturing and hospitality products, SoftBrands has established a global infrastructure for distribution, development and support of enterprise software. The company, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has more than 550 employees with branch offices in Europe, India, Asia, Australia and Africa. Additional information can be found at .

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