J. D. Edwards & Co. today announced a deal to buy The Premisys Corp., a small developer of software used to specify product designs.
The so-called product configuration software is used by salespeople who work for industrial and electronics manufacturers. The salespeople spec out the designs of customized, make-to-order products such as office furniture or dental equipment. In other words, the customer tells the sales representative what he wants, and the sales representative uses the configurator tool to put together a basic design that can then be sent to the manufacturer's production systems.
Denver-based J. D. Edwards already has a product configurator built in to its flagship enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications, but the Premisys package is a visual tool that supports three-dimensional images of customized products and can be linked to computer-aided design systems. J. D. Edwards and Premisys already have a basic flat-file interface between their applications and have been working jointly on sales for the past nine months.
Now, J. D. Edwards said, tighter links will be developed to connect a wider array of its ERP modules to the Premisys software. That work is expected to be completed before November. Premisys has 28 employees and annual sales of about $4 million, with a user base of about 30 companies, according to J. D. Edwards.
The $12 million cash-and-stock acquisition is scheduled to close early next month.