Lighthammer Releases Collaborative Manufacturing Suite 11.0 |

Lighthammer Releases Collaborative Manufacturing Suite 11.0

May 202005
EXTON, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 20, 2005--Lighthammer(R), supplier of the world's first composite application platform for manufacturing operational excellence, announces the release of Collaborative Manufacturing Suite(TM) 11.0. This version extends Lighthammer's leadership position in the Manufacturing Intelligence and Collaborative Manufacturing software space by delivering significant enhancements in the areas of enterprise scalability, security and compliance.

Lighthammer CMS provides the core services required to enable customers to rapidly build composite applications that span the full breath of manufacturing excellence initiatives including: Performance Management, Continuous Improvement and Operational Synchronization. Designed to leverage, not replace, existing system investments, Lighthammer CMS offers time-to-value in days and weeks and return-on-investment typically in the 5X-20X range.

"Version 11 takes CMS to the next level" said Greg Gorbach, Vice President of Collaborative Manufacturing for ARC Advisory Group. "Lighthammer has extended the capability of its Collaborative Manufacturing Suite in precisely the areas global manufacturers need: security, compliance, and scalability."

Lighthammer CMS 11 now includes a powerful Security Manager service, which allows unified user management, single-sign-on, and integration with a wide range of third party authentication systems
including: SAP, LDAP/Active Directory, SAML, Windows Domains, Kerberos, and others. These features allow customers to manage user roles, memberships, attributes and define authentication/authorization services from existing enterprise user management directories, and/or through the Lighthammer application. This service provides the ability to implement a security strategy that fits any existing enterprise architecture and extends "single sign-on" into the domain of plant applications improving compliance.

Additional compliance and traceability features have been added with the addition of an e-signature service to the product. A multi-level confirmation/challenge capability has been added to securely control and document user actions for regulatory compliance such as 21 CFR 11, Sarbanes-Oxley, and others.

Enterprise integration capabilities have also been enhanced, with the addition of new business logic capabilities that take advantage of web services in SAP NetWeaver(TM) to simplify data integration between plant systems and enterprise systems.

"We continue to extend our lead in deployment of service-oriented architectures for manufacturing by delivering new services in the areas of electronic signature, multi-site metrics, advanced analytics and security," said Rick Bullotta, CTO and co-founder of Lighthammer. "In doing so, we have substantially increased the value of Lighthammer CMS to manufacturers looking to multiply the benefits by deploying on global basis while simplifying compliance and security concerns. Lighthammer CMS 11 is easily the most significant release in the company's history."

About Lighthammer
Lighthammer, a privately held corporation headquartered in Exton, PA., develops and markets Lighthammer Collaborative Manufacturing Suite (CMS), the world's first and only composite application platform for manufacturing Operational Excellence. Lighthammer CMS provide the complete set of services required to quickly assemble operational excellence applications in the areas of Performance Management, Continuous Improvement and Operational Synchronization. Built on a modern, service-oriented architecture, Lighthammer CMS enables composite applications to be created in a fraction of the time of traditional approaches, increasing responsiveness and delivering exceptional business returns. More than 100 Fortune 500 manufacturing companies have deployed Lighthammer solutions.

Lighthammer is an SAP Powered by NetWeaver and SAP xApps Partner, and is currently in use at hundreds of companies worldwide.

Further information on Lighthammer and its products can be found at
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