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News roundup: NetSuite, Dell take partnership to the cloud

In this news roundup, read about NetSuite and Dell's new cloud partnership, the world's largest 3-D printer, and FinancialForce.com's cloud ERP suite.

Dell, NetSuite announce partnership for cloud customers

NetSuite users can now use Dell Services to help integrate and implement their cloud platforms, according to this week's announcement of a new partnership between the two companies. Dell will become a global reseller and implementation partner of NetSuite cloud products, while NetSuite will host Dell's industry-specific business applications, including healthcare, financial services, retail, manufacturing and e-commerce.

"[The partnership] strengthens Dell's commitment to provide customers with preconfigured industry solutions, accelerators, and real-time insights to help fast-track their cloud transformation," said Suresh Vaswani, president, Dell Services.

Largest 3-D printer to date in the works

The U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is teaming up with machine tool builder Cincinnati Incorporated to build a 3-D printer capable of producing polymer parts that are up to 10 times larger than what is possible with existing industrial 3-D printers. These larger parts will be used for tooling, according to the press release.

Size isn't all this partnership is interested in. An additional goal is to make the 3-D printing process run faster -- 200 to 500 times faster, in fact. While a time frame for completion has not been announced, Cincinnati confirms that a prototype of the printer is currently in development.

FinancialForce.com enters cloud ERP game

The cloud ERP market got a little larger this week with the addition of FinancialForce.com's new ERP suite. The new hosted suite will include modules for finance, human resources, procurement and supply chain management, according to the company. In addition, the cloud ERP suite will include the professional services automation software that FinancialForce.com acquired from Appirio.

The product of Salesforce.com's 2009 joint venture with Unit4, FinancialForce.com is supported by Force.com, the cloud CRM vendor’s platform as a service offering. The cloud ERP product will, as a result, include integration with the Salesforce.com CRM suite.

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