Published: 10 July 2000
Analyst(s): Chris Newton
Once an engineering company, always an engineering company. The Supply Chain Execution (SCE) software division of HK System was never able to shake that stigma until now. It has formed a wholly-owned subsidiary called irista. HK System is a $300M material handling equipment vendor with a reputation for being a strong engineering firm that specializes in designing custom-built equipment to move and handle goods in a warehouse. The SCE division had to share in this reputation simply because it was a part of the whole. Its WMS application was a highly-engineered, built-to-order application, which targeted no specific industries. And as part of a large equipment vendor, prospective customers often questioned the software division's commitment to ongoing development of the application. Many saw it as primarily an extension of the equipment business. Although over the past several years HK has been delivering packaged SCE software, which now includes transportation and order management applications, the division has never been able to shake its engineering past.
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