March 11, 1997 10:45 AM ET

New owner of D&B; Software plans shakeups
By Jim Kerstetter

  Geac Computer Corp., which acquired Dun & Bradstreet Software Inc. last fall, will shed some applications from the enterprise vendor's portfolio, company officials confirmed.

What had been D&B; Software in Atlanta has been split into two divisions--Geac HosTechnologies for mainframe software, and Geac SmartStream for client/server packaged applications.

The company will continue to develop most SmartStream applications, including financials, human resources and Web front ends. But officials told PC Week they will abandon further development of the company's manufacturing applications and drastically alter the distribution applications.

The 20 or so companies using SmartStream manufacturing applications will have to look elsewhere for upgrades, while the more than 60 distribution users will have to pay attention as the company alters the applications in the coming months as part of an effort to tailor them for companies such as computer resellers.

Geac officials said dumping the manufacturing applications is an acknowledgment that companies such as SAP AG and Oracle Corp. have come to dominate the high end of the manufacturing software market, leaving little room for growth for Geac.

In addition, Geac has a competing manufacturing system in another of its business units--Geac Manufacturing and Distribution Systems in Australia--that recently went into beta testing.

Geac is based in Toronto.

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