Tier2/Tier 3 vendors are prepared to endure the onslaught of the likes of SAP, Oracle, and PeopleSoft, as well as of proverbial mid-market leaders such as J.D. Edwards, Baan, Intentia, QAD, IFS and Epicor, and newly formed mid-market juggernauts like Microsoft Great Plains, Best Software (formerly Sage Software), and Navision, to name some. Frontstep and the Syspro Group lead the way.
APS, which extends to cascading supply chain synchronization. Both vendors have long embraced APS technology and methodologies, as well as CRM. With this recently enhanced functionality as another stab at natively delivering powerful SCM and CRM modules, Syspro and Frontstep are positioning themselves as almost holistic e-business providers with strong ERP capability and experience rather than as mere ERP vendors. Their focus has long not been entirely on their traditional back-office functionality