|Company's Full Name:||American Software, Inc.|
|Short Name:||American Software|
|Trading Ticker Symbol:||AMSWA|
|Headquarter City/Country:||Georgia, GA|
|Primary Industry Sector:||Technology|
|Seconday Sub-sector:||Computer Software-Prepackaged Software|
|Main Business Areas:||Technology, Computer Software-Prepackaged Software, Application Software, Software|
|Dividend Payments:||Dividend History|
|Current Share Price:||$14.88|
|Previous Year's Closing Price:||$10.45|
|Percentage Price Change (YTD):||42.39%|
|Market Cap:||$475.47 million|
|52-week Price Range:||$9.78 - $17.11|
|Dividend Per Share:||$0.44|
American Software, Inc. (American Software), incorporated on May 21, 1970, develops, markets and supports a portfolio of software and services that delivers enterprise management, supply chain and retail planning solutions to the marketplace. The Company operates through three business segments: Supply Chain Management (SCM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Information Technology (IT) Consulting. The SCM segment consists of the Company's subsidiary, Logility, Inc. (Logility) and its subsidiary, Demand Management, Inc. (DMI) (collectively Logility), both of which provide supply chain and retail planning solutions to streamline and optimize the forecasting, inventory, production, supply, allocation, distribution and management of products between trading partners. The ERP segment consists of American Software ERP, which provides business software for manufacturers and distributors across the aerospace, automotive, consumer goods, energy, government, pharmaceuticals, transportation and utility vertical markets, and New Generation Computing, Inc. (NGC), which provides industry-specific business software to both retailers and manufacturers in the apparel, footwear, sewn products and furniture industries. The IT Consulting segment consists of The Proven Method, Inc., an IT staffing and consulting services firm. The Company also provides support for its software products, such as software enhancements, documentation, updates, customer education, consulting, systems integration services, maintenance and support services.
Supply Chain Management
The Company's SCM segment provides SCM solutions, such as sales and operations planning, demand planning, inventory optimization, manufacturing planning and scheduling, supply optimization and transportation optimization through Logility. Logility's solutions streamline and automate the executive sales and operations planning (S&OP) process to create and assess business plans that match supply with demand while synchronizing supply chain operations with strategic corporate goals. Logility markets and sells the Demand Solutions product line to the small and midsize enterprise (SME) market through the value-added reseller (VAR) distribution network of DMI. Logility also offers the Logility Voyager Solutions suite through both direct and indirect sales channels to customers with distribution-intensive supply chains. Logility is engaged in offering software licenses, services and maintenance. Logility generally determines software license and Software as a Service (SaaS) fees based on the number of modules, deployments, users and/or sites licensed. Services and other revenues consist primarily of fees from software implementation, training, consulting services, SaaS, hosting and managed services associated with the implementation and support of Logility products. Logility bills for these services primarily under time and materials arrangements. Maintenance agreements typically are for a 1- to 3-year term, commencing at the time of the initial product license. Logility generally bills maintenance fees annually in advance under agreements with terms of 1 to 3 years, and then recognizes the resulting revenues ratably over the term of the maintenance agreement.
DMI is a provider of supply chain planning software that are deployed in the cloud or on-premises. These tools for manufacturers and distributors are designed to manage forecast accuracy, customer service levels and manage overall inventory. The Demand Solutions DSX supply chain planning solution offers functionality for forecast management, demand planning, forecasting, inventory planning, advanced planning and scheduling (APS), S&OP and point of sale analysis. DMI markets and sells the Demand Solutions product line to manufacturers and distributors in the SME markets. DMI utilizes a VAR distribution network to sell and implement their solutions.
As of April 30, 2016, Logility provided two product suites: Logility Voyager Solutions and Demand Solutions. The product suites are marketed, sold and distributed through both direct and indirect sales channels. The Logility Voyager Solutions suite features analytics capabilities and provides supply chain visibility; demand, inventory and replenishment planning; S&OP, supply and inventory optimization; manufacturing planning and scheduling; merchandise and assortment planning and allocation, and transportation planning and management. The Demand Solutions product suite provides forecasting, demand planning, requirements planning, S&OP, retail planning, production planning and scheduling, collaboration and analytics for small to midsize manufacturing, distribution and retail operations. Logility Voyager Solutions is a software suite that provides supply chain optimization, including collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment, multi-echelon inventory optimization, optimized supply sourcing, production management, merchandise and assortment planning, allocation and optimized transportation capabilities. In addition, the Logility Voyager Solutions suite interfaces with a range of existing enterprise applications deployed on a range of technical platforms.
Logility Voyager Solutions accelerates S&OP, as well as strategic trading partner collaboration. Logility Voyager Solutions allows companies to accelerate and synchronize demand plans, sales input, direct material procurement, sourcing, fulfillment and financial goals to increase profitability and improve service. Logility Voyager Solutions provides the visibility to manage forecasting accuracy by creating overviews of market demand, product introductions, product phase-outs, short life cycle products, promotions and inventory policies. Voyager Demand Planning helps reconcile differences between high-level business planning and detailed product forecasting. Voyager Life Cycle Planning provides control to model each phase in a product's sunrise-to-sunset lifecycle, including introduction, maturity, replacement, substitution and retirement. Voyager Event Planning integrates marketing strategies with forecasting, distribution and logistics planning to calculate the impact of promotional plans and demand shaping strategies, such as price discounts, coupons, advertising, special packaging and product placement. Voyager Proportion Profile Planning automates the process of detailed stock keeping unit (SKU)-level forecasting using attributes like style, color and size for numbers of SKUs.
Logility Voyager Solutions product suite includes Logility voyager solutions for supply chain optimization and advanced retail planning, such as Voyager Demand Planning, Voyager Life Cycle Planning, Voyager Event Planning and Voyager Proportion Profile Planning. Its inventory optimization solutions include Voyager Inventory Optimization and Logility Voyager Inventory Planning. Its supply optimization solutions include Voyager Supply Planning, Voyager Replenishment Planning, Voyager Manufacturing Planning and Scheduling, and Voyager Advanced Planning and Scheduling. Its retail optimization solutions include Voyager Merchandise Planning, Voyager Assortment Planning and Voyager Allocation. Its transportation and logistics optimization solutions include Voyager Transportation Planning and Management. Its Demand Solutions offers SaaS and on-premises versions of its DSX product platform. Demand Solutions supports both SaaS and Infrastructure-as-a-Service. Demand Solutions is a time-phased, multi-tiered demand planning and replenishment system, which helps manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors exchange inventory information in real time. Its range of Demand Solutions includes Demand Solutions Forecast Management, Demand Solutions Requirements Planning, Demand Solutions Collaboration, Demand Solutions Sales and Operations Planning, Demand Solutions Advanced Planning and Scheduling, and Demand Solutions Retail Planning.
Enterprise Resource Planning
The Company's enterprise solutions are global solutions that link critical functions throughout an enterprise. All of its enterprise solutions support e-business functions. The e-Intelliprise solution is a Web-based ERP system that a customer can run over the Internet, or an intranet or extranet utilizing the IBM iSeries servers. This allows functions within the ERP system to be deployed over the Internet using a dynamic role-based Web page capability. This solution supports e-businesses and traditional businesses with full front-to-back office integration. The e-Intelliprise solution is a global system, capable of operating in multiple languages and logistical organizations. Its e-applications are solutions for conducting business on the Internet that can Web-enable specific business functions through integration with existing ERP or legacy systems. Its e-applications are available on various applications, such as e-procurement, e-store, e-expenses, e-forms, Purchase Order Tracking and Vendor Collaboration, Requisition Tracking, Shipment Tracking, e-process management and e-connect, extensible markup language (XML)-enabled data exchange. It markets a tool to enable its customers to enter inventory and production transactions using barcode data collection devices. This product is known as RF Direct Connect, and ensures entry of information, such as shipping, transfer, inventory movement, receiving and production data.
The Company has integrated a document management solution to enable the capture, storage and retrieval of documents from multiple sources using preset business rules. This product is known as AsIrecall, and the solution provides an integrated method of document capture and retrieval to aid in solving business issues. Its product line consists of software and services that, as of April 30, 2016, operated on over three strategic computer platforms: IBM System z Mainframe or compatible, IBM i (AS/400 or iSeries) and Intel-based servers and clients that operate Windows. Its logistics solution consists of an integrated system of modules that provide information about the status of purchasing activities, customer orders, inventory position and internal inventory requisition requirements and perform functions, such as Inventory Asset Management, Procurement and Customer Order Management.
The Company's financial solutions provide functions, such as financial reporting, budgeting, asset management, cash management, credit management and receivables management. The specific applications available are General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Treasury and Accounts Receivable. Its e-applications include e-Procurement, e-Store, e-Expenses, e-Forms, Requisition Tracking, Shipment Tracking, e-Connect and e-Process Management. The RF Direct Connect solution offers an automated data collection system integrating hand-held data collection devices and printing devices (radio frequency (RF)) terminals, scanners, barcode readers and printers) with the host ERP system's inventory, customer order processing, and production control systems. AsIrecall is an integrated document management solution for the capture, storage and retrieval of documents. AsIrecall enables the automation of document-based business processes within the enterprise. NGC provides product solutions for retailers, importers and manufacturers primarily in the apparel, footwear, sewn products and furniture industries. NGC's solutions include a Product Lifecycle Management system (PLM), SCM and Global Sourcing, ERP and Shop Floor Control.
Information Technology Consulting
The Proven Method, Inc., the Company's subsidiary, is a technology services firm that specializes in assisting a diverse customer base to solve business issues with technology solutions. The solutions it provides range from Web and mobile applications on multiple platforms to Business Intelligence applications and solutions. Business Intelligence consists of the development and implementation of a reporting process for dealing with various volumes of data and multiple business entities/components. The Proven Method offers services, such as Professional Services/Project Management, Staff Augmentation, Infrastructure and Consulting Services, and Social Media and Analytic Marketing.
The Company competes with SAP, Oracle Corporation, JDA Software Group, Kinaxis, Inc., Infor, Inc. and Manhattan Associates.
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