ProStar Software Joins Progress Technology Alliance Partner Program

(September 22, 2015 – Arcata, CA) ProStar Software (ProStar), an enterprise technology innovator focused on integrating the sales process with business systems, today announced its acceptance into the Progress Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) Program. ProStar’s products and solutions increase efficiency and competitiveness for companies running Progress OpenEdge, the leading platform for simplifying and streamlining the development, integration and management of global enterprise business applications for faster time-to-market.

ProStar joins an elite group of technology vendors that provide best-in-class products integrated with Progress technologies. The TAP Program is restricted in size and scope to partners that exhibit thought leadership and bring value to the Progress community.

The partnership is focused on combining the power of Progress OpenEdge with ProStar’s TailorPro and Mobile Enterprise Integration (MEI) solutions. TailorPro enables greater customer productivity with non-invasive customizing for business applications running on Progress OpenEdge to achieve a better fit between business requirements and business systems. This adds both competitive advantage for companies selling Progress OpenEdge applications and value for customers using those applications. Demonstrating an ease of integration with Progress solutions, TailorPro is able to add new and revised functionality without any changes to source code or schema of the underlying Progress application, allowing application providers to easily meet prospects’ requirements. MEI is a data unification platform for multiple business systems to interact together on one common user interface.

“We are thrilled to be part of the Progress TAP Program,” said Bruce LeBel, CEO of ProStar Software. “ProStar focuses on adding value for customers through leading edge solutions that deliver exceptional and tangible value to our customers and enhance their teams’ performance. Our partnership with Progress is focused on a shared goal of customer success through how our technologies efficiently and seamlessly work together.”

To join the TAP Program at the Technology Partnership level, ProStar underwent a rigorous application process and certification. The end result is that customers will realize the benefits of a robust and proven solution to meet their unique business requirements, including data unification and mobile deployment of enterprise functionality.

“ProStar has been a long-standing partner of Progress, so we are pleased to recognize them as part of the TAP Program,” said Kimberly King, Vice President, Channels, Progress. “They are a proven, trusted partner and we look forward to continuing and strengthening our relationship with many more successes in the years to come.”

The Progress Partner+ Program is a multi-tiered model designed for independent software vendors, system integrators, service providers, OEMs, distributors and resellers. The program is designed to support members’ evolving application development, consulting, services and OEM offerings.

About ProStar Software
ProStar Software (ProStar) is an enterprise integration company providing a customizable suite of applications to tailor business systems, enabling customers to simplify existing processes and maximize their efficiencies. Building on proven expertise serving global corporations and deep understanding of technology environments across organizations of all sizes, ProStar also offers affordable, cutting-edge solutions for small and mid-sized companies that are underserved by the market. Located in Northern California, ProStar has more than 20 years of industry experience helping customers reach their business goals.

 About Progress
Progress (NASDAQ: PRGS) is a global software company that simplifies the development, deployment and management of business applications on-premise or in the cloud, on any platform or device, to any data source, with enhanced performance, minimal IT complexity and low total cost of ownership. Progress can be reached at www.progress.com or 1-781-280-4000.

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IRIS 20th Networking Conference

A big thank you to all the organizers for the 20th annual IRIS Networking Conference. ProStar is here in Jakarta, Indonesia, presenting about TailorPro as well as MEI, and we're very glad to be participating in this year's dialogues and discussions.

Today our CEO Bruce LeBel is presenting "Enterprise Integration, the Key to Continuous Improvement." Bruce is sharing an explanation and discussion of Mobile Enterprise Integration (MEI) from the Executive perspective. MEI is a systems integration platform that connects your business systems on any device, and which can be used on any browser. The point is to make your systems conform to your business needs, instead of forcing your business activities to fit the requirements of individual systems.

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Last year, at the 19th IRIS Networking Conference, Cathi Peck introduced MEI, and we're excited to be back again this year with more!

Here at ProStar we're very pleased and appreciative for the opportunity to contribute this year's conference theme: 'Get Better at What Matters'. With this statement IRIS suggests that as the region develops and changes, politically as well as economically, it is of great importance to include business strategies that increase performance, quality, and efficiency. We agree wholeheartedly, and offer products that support these efforts of our colleagues.  Our partners have seen that TailorPro and MEI help them achieve positive growth now and in the future.

CCI & MEI in the Big Easy: Recap of QAD Explore Conf 2014

This year's QAD® Explore Conference was in New Orleans, and what a good choice of venue. Excellent diversity and connections, with users from all over the world along with QAD and QAD solution partners (like us!). Bruce, Jeff, and Jana were representing ProStar, and they reported back to HQ that the floor was hopping - fantastic to have all that interest in our software products - Credit Card Integration, TailorPro, Mobile Enterprise Integration.

It comes as no surprise that modern businesses running QAD are looking to increase their mobile capabilities.

MEIMany of our conversations focused around Mobile Enterprise Integration (MEI), which is our integration platform and business process management tool. MEI makes it possible for you to run your business systems (i.e. Salesforce.com®, .Net®, Oracle®, SQL Server®, Sharepoint®, QAD, Progress/OpenEdge®) on any device, and on any browser. Sound good for business? Find out more about MEI.

Last week in the Big Easy, we also talked to a lot of folks about TailorPro, our non-invasive customization tool for QAD. As part of our commitment to continuous improvement of our products, now with version 8.1, you get MEI functionality *included*. For years, we've seen companies getting started with an investment in TailorPro, and getting the benefits "Easier than doing nothing". So, if your team has TailorPro already and would like to go mobile, has a customization need, are on an aging version of QAD, or are just curious how we can help you get better at what matters, we're here for you.

Our special focus was informing QAD users about ProStar's Credit Card Integration (CCI).

Bonus - we also had an energetic field of slot-car contestants for our 'Credit Car Racing'!
Bonus - quite an energetic field of slot-car contestants for our 'Credit Car Racing'!

Why? Simple - it's QAD's recommended solution for payment card processing for any company running QAD that needs to take credit card payments. Does your company take credit card payments, but you missed us or didn't make it to Explore this year? We'll be happy to give you a demo of our CCI solution in action.

We look forward to continuing all these conversations, and will be doing outreach this week to follow up. If there are any questions we can answer in the meantime just let us know!

Jana even met a local racer!
Jana even met a local racer!

Thanks so much to all the participants and organizers whose input and support made for a successful trade show.

Mobile Enterprise Integration (MEI) Introduced to Progress Software Community

Boston, MA. Oct 7-8, 2013. Exchange 2013 Worldwide Annual Conference

As a Progress Application Partner, ProStar Software is very pleased to be presenting this year on benefits and uses of our Mobile Enterprise Integration (MEI). MEI is an Integration Platform as a Service (IPaaS); MEI automates coordination of your essential business systems and functions, from any browser and any mobile device.

What does MEI mean?

MEI means, seamless connection of all the steps from all the people in the right order at the right time. For example, in a purchasing scenario, from quote to request to approval to order, no more emails are needed.

MEI means, no more awkward transfer between your sales lead pipeline in Salesforce.com to orders in QAD to your customer service interface, you can take care of it all on your phone and information is automatically sent to the people who need it.

MEI means, your ERP specific rules are easily applied and integrated with your current systems and functions.

MEI means, simply, improved productivity.

What does MEI include?

  • Integration Platform:

MEI is currently integrated with: Progress/OpenEdge applications, Salesforce.com, SAP, Oracle, SQL Server, Sharepoint, QAD, .NET and we are happy to do customized integrations specific to your business and on additional systems.

  • Workflow:

Connect all participants in your business processes, from customers to employees to suppliers. Our workflow functions meet the industry standard: BPMN v2.0.

  • Complex Event Processors:

Our context-sensitive rules use your existing business logic to define notification, timing, and relevance as appropriate for your company.

  • Mobile:

Your current applications and business systems can now be accessed on any mobile device, and on any browser.

For any company that wasn't at Exchange 2013, or if you didn't get your free demo in Boston, contact us to find out how MEI can mobilize your business.

And for anyone at any business looking to improve essential business functions: Read more about MEI here.

ProStar Software is a proud Progress App Partner
ProStar Software is a proud Progress App Partner

4 best practices shine light on the value of BPM software

Are you looking for a new BPM vendor or product? How do you choose one?

Effective ways to demonstrate the value of a business process management product will save you time and money. We've been there. We've responded to the RFPs (request for proposal). We've done the demos. We've networked at the tradeshows and with the user groups. We've gone from the top down and the bottom up. Take it from us, and don't make more work for yourself than is necessary!

 

1) Open the door: Do you write an RFP l200px-Incomplete-document.svgooking for the right product to handle your needs?  No!  Instead of writing long proposals, or sifting through faceless descriptions, invite 2-3 companies to come onsite for a demo or to give a remote demo.  And, if you already have a shortlist of demo offers, start there - companies that invest in showing their product likely understand the problem space better than those that sell through proposals and marketing.

 

2) Walking the talk:  For the demo, choose 1-2 outside facing processes for the proof of concept.  They should have an integration point 315px-EdisonMaximSwanor two and should have simple ways to measure improvement. Have a few people who will actually be using the workflow be on the demo with the vendor, ask questions about why the processes are managed in the ways the vendor shows, and see how your team can make their own changes.

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3) Show me! Get clear descriptions of how the product has helped other companies, and ideally case examples. Numbers are fantastic here - look for the data. Even better is to get active customer references who are willing to share their experiences in real time.

 

4) Solve problems: Make sure you communicate the most pressing Fry-lightbulb-on-forehead1problems you're facing. Does the product solve those problems? You don't have to understand all the functions, bells, and whistles it can provide, but you do have to understand its specific value for you.

 

Those of us in the business of business process management should be the least likely to let ineffective sales processes get in our way.

Smooth sailing!

 

 

Traffic light photo by Bob Ionescu via Wikimedia Commons