Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Alfresco Summit 2014

For the Alfresco Submit 2014 event in London, we have released a new community version of beCPG. Matthieu and Philippe will be present on the event so you can contact them to talk about Alfresco, beCPG or else.

You can contact them with this form:

This new release 1.6.c includes a lot of small improvements and some new interesting features. Lots of work has been done on stability and bug fixes.

Project module

Project module comes with a lot of new  capabilities :
  • Multi-level tasks to describe the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) of the project


  • Gantt view available on the project
  • A resource can now be a user group
  • A resource can be a Role (Creator, ProjectManager). You can create custom roles.


New german translation has been submitted by a partner for beCPG Project Manager. You can also contribute to improve translations:

PLM Module

PLM module has been reworked to be faster and easier. Bulk edition, where used and search are now more powerfull than ever.
New search interface allows to work faster :


Changer order recorder and automatic change orders allow to keep control on product changes and versioning.

To discover all these features, ask for a web demo at

Designer module  

Few changes in the Designer module, only small bug fixes, and new becpg core module dependency.

Notable feature for designer users is the possibility to use new controls:
  • Multi language picker
  • Color picker

You can find all the controls documentation under:

Core module

Core module comes with many bug fixes, performance improvements and new features.

  • Bulk-edit is now faster
  • All export use Excel format instead of CSV
  • beCPG Administration is now available to users who are in the group SystemMgr

Next release will be beCPG 2.0 and will be compatible with Alfresco 5.0.
For that release, we will focus on simplicity and usability.

If you use beCPG modules and you wants to help us to improve it or suggest new features, please fill this little survey.

The first two people filling the form will win the implementation of 2 features in beCPG.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

beCPG PLM 1.6 released and Open Source

beCPG PLM 1.6 has been released !
It's the result of months of intense development and tests.

This new version met a great success with beCPG customers and partners by the richness of its features and its new interface. It is now easier to develop new products, manage R&D projects and take in account regulations.

In our commitment to openness, a community version of our PLM is now available as Open Source.

“beCPG wants to be the first PLM designed for CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) and totally opened to free-software community.”

As the journalist Stéfane Fermifier says:

“Developing an Open Source strategy in an IT department is a way to free itself from the seller-customer relationship and from some “lock-in”. With free-software, customers are freer than with a single seller of a proprietary technology.”

By this openness and transparency pledge, beCPG boosts its product and increases the quality of service provided to its users. It’s also a step towards its customers, reinforcing the confidence they have for it.

Finally beCPG is also a framework and several modules.

“We are searching to build a network of technology partners able to create and distribute solutions dedicated to different CPG sectors.”

Since our application is Open Source, it’s now easier for integrators to learn its technology and use beCPG for their PLM projects.

“beCPG, it's also a strong technology”

Inside beCPG PLM, there are free and proven technologies such as Alfresco. Alfresco is a platform for collaboration and management of critical enterprise contents. It manages process with large volumes of files and allows to collaborate safely. Every day, around 7 million of professionals in more than 180 countries are using Alfresco to manage 4 billion of documents, files and process.

beCPG is a PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) software designed for the CPG (Consumer packaged goods). It provides a PLM ready to use for food and cosmetic. its flexible and configurable platform permits to adapt it to various CPG industries: Food & Beverage, Cosmetics & Personal Care, Retail, Fashion & Apparel, High Tech & Electronics.

beCPG 1.6 in few words…

Simplified community installation
beCPG is now available on SourceForge. A virtual machine is provided to simplify handling.

New theme and optimized menu

Improved product management

Improved project management

And More…
Download right now the community version or ask for a free trial.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Software to manage sourcing projects for new products

The new product development often involves sourcing for outsourcing products, raw materials and packaging.

Sourcing allows you to:

  • find a product at the right price,
  • ensure a level of quality,
  • manage the logistics supply chain.

Between 1950 and today, the exchange of goods have been multiplied by 15.
According to the presentation of Lamidieu Lipin (in french), a sourcing process can be represented as follows:

and sourcing cycle as follows:

To facilitate monitoring and eliminate low value added tasks, beCPG software manages these projects:
  • The sourcing process:
    • Request for quotation sent to suppliers
    • Response by suppliers
    • Analysis and selection of suppliers
    • Capture product specifications
      • product composition 
      • packaging 
      • palletization 
      • allergens, nutritional facts, claims, physico-chemical, organoleptic data for a food product 
      • etc ... 
    • Tests of samples and quality analyzes
  • Finally, the management of non-conformances and customer complaints to measure the quality of products delivered by the supplier (more info in this post).

Each project has its schedule in Gantt format.

Vue gantt d'un projet

To follow the exchanges between client and suppliers, project actors are notified by email and a view shows the project activity:

Project activity

Monday, March 3, 2014

Software for customer complaints and corrective actions

According to American Express Global Customer Service:
  • 70% of Americans are willing to spend an average of 13% more with companies they believe provide excellent customer service
  • 60% believe businesses have not increased their focus on providing good customer service
  • 78% of consumers have bailed on a transaction or not made an intended purchase because of poor customer service
  • 59% will try a new brand or company for a better service experience

It is clear that customer service and quality management is an important issue for companies in consumer packaged goods.

For this, beCPG offers a module for managing incidents:

  • A workflow of customer complaints
  • Management of non-conformities
  • A dashboard for monitoring incidents
  • Analysis cubes to build your own queries

Workflow of customer complaints

Creation of customer complaint

The benefits of the module are multiple:
  • Faster because of automated processing
  • Products conform to specifications
  • Better monitoring of corrective and preventive actions
  • Traceability on exchanged emails, letters because they are stored in beCPG. In addition, adding attachments to customer complaints is very easy, thanks to the integration with messaging tools.
  • Reporting to simple questions such as:
    • The number of customer complaints by Products / Plants / Clients / ...
    •  The evolution of customer complaints over the time 
    • Types of customer complaints 
    • The average response time according to criteria such as the type of claims, the severity

Dashboard of issues

Reporting with chart on customer complaints

Monday, February 17, 2014

New Product Development : trials and version history

During the development of a new product, it is common to develop several tens version depending of the complexity of the project. These versions can be created in several quarters even several years. You must be able to track all versions, the reason for changes and avoid mistakes already made ​​or re-examine assumptions.
As part of the development of its version 1.6, beCPG brings some new features about versioning.

It is now easier to create tests. A button has been added to create a test directly from the data lists of the product, it means creating a copy of a particular version of the product. Each test may have its own versions.

Create a new trial
 A list shows the different tests involved in the current product. This list allows easy way to switch from one test to another one. It is possible to enable or disable certain tests by changing their status. It is also possible to see an earlier version of the product directly from its composition. 
Consult trials and versions
To facilitate tracking of the development, the application has a new tool that displays a graph of versions. This allows a complete traceability of comments, versions and testing, and provides a clear reading of changes over time.

Graph of version history
Finally, a report allows you to compare structurally different tests or different versions.