Published: 22 February 2000
Analyst(s): AMR Research Staff
Fujitsu Limited, which owns 30.5% of GLOVIA International LLC, plans to buy the remaining 69.5% of the ERP company from MDIS. Fujitsu plans to complete the acquisition by April and make GLOVIA the centerpiece of its application group. The Fujitsu/GLOVIA relationship has worked well in Japan, a difficult market for ERP vendors to penetrate. Success has come by establishing a sales and support organization and developing product enhancements that support Japanese manufacturing styles, most notably Seiban and supplier management enhancements. Fujitsu runs the GLOVIA application suite in 23 of its production facilities. On the management front, Matt O'Malley has been named to fill the vacant GLOVIA CEO position. O'Malley was most recently the CEO of PROIV Technologies, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of MDIS and the provider of an application development tool used in the glovia.com/5 application.
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