MAPICS’ acquisition of Frontstep is a real positive given that Frontstep had already spent ~$60 million to deliver its entire product line, which includes ERP, CRM, and SCM, on a single technology platform, a notable feat. The combined company will have solutions that have been implemented in more than 10,000 customer sites worldwide in only a handful of industries of focus. Now the work of battling Tier 1 vendors and mid-market juggernauts begins.
, Best Software , ACCPAC and Intuit coming from underneath. Still, this is by no means only about increasing the customer base and milking indefinitely support & maintenance revenue. Due to both vendors' traditional aim at the upper-end of the mid-market, and consequently at multi-national companies with diverse technologies enterprise-wide, going forward, newly enlarged MAPICS logically desires to become an active dual (i.e., both J2EE and Microsoft .NET compliant) platform vendor. To that end, the compa