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CGram Software is a software authoring company established in 1982. It provides accounting software, enterprise resource planning (ERP), CRM, production control and supply chain management software for small to medium sized companies, and has a long history in the UNIX and Linux commercial world.

ProductsEdit

CGram Enterprise is a full ERP system including Accounts, Sales, Purchasing, Supply Chain, Production control, Multi-Company, Multi-Currency, Payroll and CRM. It will run on a Windows, Linux or Mac Desktop.

HistoryEdit

CGram Software was founded by Dr Emrys Jones and Ms Terry Crook in 1982[1]. They started developing a Unix manufacturing system. Dr Jones[2] was at that time being actively involved with UKUUG (the UK's Unix & Open Systems User Group), becoming temporary chairman in 1982 and was Chairman of the European Unix User Group until 1985.[3]

CGram Software started shipping the first Unix Manufacturing system in 1984 written in 'C'[4], being sold on Plexus and Arete machines. These were Motorola MC68000 based machines. The problem with the MC68000 was that every manufacturer had their own system of memory addressing, which made portability a challenge for software add-on vendors. To solve this CGram introduced their '68000Fix' product, which processed the relocation information in a program and converted the program to work on the required target. This allowed CGram to offer their Manufacturing system on a variety of other MC68000 systems, such as Fortune & Sperry.

This system implemented an early Just in Time business model with Supplier Chain management for synchronous supply in 1987. The implementation at Ikeda Hoover was the subject of a case study into manufacturing for synchronous supply in 2002.[5]It was later extended with a full Kanban system for final assembly in 1990.

In 1998 the company discontinued its original manufacturing system, developing a new ERP system with a desktop client written in Java and Swing communicating over the internet with server side software written in C.

RecognitionEdit

  • Winner of Best Linux Business Provider Solution 2005 - UK Linux & Open Source Awards (Formerly Linux User and Developer Awards) [6]
  • Runner up Best Mid Range Software Package, Accountancy Age Awards 2005.[7][8]
  • Shortlisted for Best Business Software Supplier 2005 - Computing [9]

References Edit

  1. Company Registration
  2. Time for a standard Unix
  3. UKUUG (the UK's Unix & Open Systems User Group)
  4. Mini-micro systems, V.16, p116, 1983
  5. Ikeda Hoover Case Study
  6. Linux Awards.
  7. Accountancy Age Awards
  8. Accountancy Age Awards2
  9. IT Wales - Awards.

External linksEdit

Official Website
ERP Manager article
New accounting software for Linux

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