Kenandy’s Winter 2016 Release: You CAN Build More, Faster
Kenandy’s just-announced Winter 2016 Release represents a significant leap forward. In terms of functionality, the release includes a wide-ranging set of enhancements that broadens the application’s appeal for manufacturers and distributors.
This includes support for bundled products (that is, combining a product with a service under one offering); consolidated invoicing (letting companies configure the way they invoice customers); and attribute-based inventory (which addresses the proliferation of SKUs). Also, support for sales agreements helps companies better manage sales orders; full product genealogy means companies can track serial numbers from receipt to shipment; and advanced fulfillment processing enables drop-ship, multi-ship, service provisioning, and more. Further, Kenandy has built in automation of much of the financial close process; pre-close dashboards and reconciliation reports make much of this task less onerous.
Further, Kenandy’s Winter 2016 Release includes multiple third-party integrations that also greatly extend functionality. For example, an integration with Arena Solutions enables Kenandy customers to have a seamless path between PLM and ERP. Kenandy is also integrated with a cluster of global commerce providers (Borderfree; Oanda; Vertex; and Avalara) that right out of the box endow Kenandy with robust and wide-ranging support for global trade, including automating much of the (occasionally agonizing) sales tax, VAT, and FX processes.
With a more traditional development platform, a release of this scope likely would have taken a lot longer, than it did. But it’s evidence of how much the development platform makes a difference in application development. The Salesforce1 Platform, on which Kenandy and many others develop, takes away from the developer the onus of back-end maintenance, and even, to some extent the onus of code maintenance. The development organization doesn’t have to buy and install hardware; doesn’t have to install a DBMS or app server; and doesn’t have to establish or maintain any sort of development framework. Developing on the Salesforce1 Platform is more efficient, less error-prone and – most crucially – allows developers to focus on their highest-value activities – building features and functions and solving customer problems. Not coincidentally, these are also the activities on which developers dearly want most to focus.
A win for the developers is a win for customers. Now, THAT’s a holiday present.
Find more details on Kenandy’s Winter 2016 release in its latest press release.