Elkhart, IN, June 01, 2006 --(PR.com
)-- State of Kansas awards Xdata solutions, inc new contract for GXD (Graphical Xdata ERP) software. GXD is a fully-integrated Manufacturing, Inventory, and Accounting ERP solution with advanced features for manufacturing and distribution operations. Kansas Correctional Industries (KCI) is the manufacturing division of The Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) which will run GXD on IBM® Blade Servers® with an option to also run IBM iSeries® servers. KCI examined various manufacturing ERP software offerings. Data security, software functionality, ease-of-use, and flexibility to meet the needs of KCI’s diverse/distinct business units led to Xdata’s GXD software.
KCI will employ GXD to improve business operations in both Manufacturing and Services related industries. Detailed accountability with inventory tracking/planning and control of manufacturing processes will allow KCI to use inmate skills in productive and meaningful employment that will reduce the costs of KDOC operations and bring benefit to society. GXD will address KCI’s challenges in manufacturing furniture, metal products, chemicals, and clothing as well as their Service Oriented business units. Xdata will work with KCI and provide GXD software, implementation services, and application training.
GXD will further be used to help manage KDOC’s Kansas Wild Horse Program. The KDOC signed a Cooperative Agreement with the Bureau of land Management (BLM) establishing the Hutchinson Correctional Facility as a regional holding and training facility for wild horses removed from public lands.
The BLM is responsible for the protection and welfare of the wild horses roaming the western plains and is in critical need for relocation sites. The mustangs that inhabit these ranges have proliferated in recent years and now face starvation as a result of the sudden decrease of habitat caused by drought and fires. The BLM estimates that approximately 14,000 wild horses will need to be relocated and held until the current crisis abates.
Inmates are presently being used to saddle train the horses so they can be readily adopted by the public. Hutchinson Correctional Facility Warden Louis Bruce is a strong proponent of interaction with animals for the purpose of training incarcerated men to manage their personal lives.
"Working with a wild horse will present a challenge to these men," says Warden Bruce. "They must set expectations, provide structure and earn the animal’s trust and respect. These are traits that once learned could provide long-term benefits to offenders."