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Messe Dusseldorf
B&L Information Systems
Odyssey 6.0 MR1 includes a new Order Summary screen as another example of B&L’s focus on making ERP software that is easy to use and highly personalized.

Metalcasting ERP Update Emphasizes Ease of Use

April 23, 2018
Software developer updates frequency of Odyssey maintenance releases

B&L Information Systems issued Odyssey 6.0 MR1 for general availability, which together with several software updates includes a new Order Summary screen — described as example of the developer’s focus on supplying ERP that is easy to use and highly personalized.

Odyssey is an enterprise-resource planning product developed specifically for foundries, diecasters, and investment casters, and designed to give everyone in such organizations the necessary information to complete jobs on time and on budget. The platform has modules that meet the specific needs of metalcasting's major functions — manufacturing, sales, inventory, quality control, finance, and data analytics —so information can be shared and received by everyone in the organization.

In addition to the new release, B&L’s R&D department announced that it is updating the frequency of Odyssey maintenance releases. “Going forward, Odyssey users can expect to see Maintenance Releases from B&L approximately every four to six weeks,” stated Brad Clark, Odyssey product manager.

“This revision in Maintenance Release strategy allows the R&D department to focus on creating strong version releases with new features, such as we did with version 6.0 and the Company Goals KPI Dashboards and Flask Management," he continued, "while addressing fixes and updates with more frequent MRs. This will ensure that issues important to our customers’ business processes are made available in a more-timely manner.”

Odyssey 6.0 MR1 features the latest OpenEdge application development platform from Progress Software Corp., which the developer described as “an unbreakable technology platform." OpenEdge 11.7.2 allows B&L to focus its R&D efforts on building more metalcasting best practices and business trends into Odyssey.

All Odyssey release information, including for Odyssey 6.0MR1, is available through Rapid Support within the Odyssey Web UI, or via the B&L customer portal (Customer Login) for customers on Windows UI.

Any assistance needed in the update process is free to customers on maintenance with B&L. Odyssey subscribers using the B&L Cloud will be contacted with the update schedule.
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