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MAPICS To Leap Forward In A Frontstep Way
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

in mapics  million to $92 million in fiscal 2002). The MAPICS Perspective Still, it was a worthwhile effort, at least from MAPICS' perspective, given Frontstep had already spent ~$60 million to deliver its entire product line, which includes ERP, CRM, and SCM, on a single technology platform. An indeed notable feat, given that many of its peers have mostly only recently embarked on this technology transition path, or, in a better case (e.g., of Syspro , Made2Manage , and Epicor ), have managed to deliver a module

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MAPICS Red Ink Stained While Extending Its Offering


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in mapics  deal. These products are in tune with the MAPICS focus and can help it mine its existing customer base. The biggest challenge for MAPICS and its affiliate channel will be the management of dual flagship product lines. It will be difficult to support existing customers and existing products, while juggling competitive product lines. Since the product lines seem to remain separate in the long run, it will add additional development costs, as well as provide a challenge in explaining the position of the Read More

MAPICS To Leap Forward In A Frontstep Way Part 3: Challenges and User Recommendations


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in mapics  the companies' dissimilar technologies in the past, MAPICS will now be burdened to look after both its AS/400 and Frontstep's Progress based customers, whose the only common trait at this stage might be anxiety. Some of existing SyteLine customers' exodus should also be reckoned with (for, e.g., Progress loyalty or simply for reluctance to change), although Frontstep has taken many steps to protect their current technology investment. Existing customers will be given several years (during which, they Read More

How Has MAPICS Been Extending?


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in mapics  far-sighted acquisition. With Pivotpoint in its fold, MAPICS is now in a much stronger position to help its customer base of mid-sized manufacturing companies become e-businesses, with its wider portfolio of solutions. We believe this was possibly the best strategic move that MAPICS could have made given its state of affairs during the last few years. The company has long realized that continuing with a single-platform, mature product would significantly limit its market opportunity. It had initially Read More

MAPICS: Will Customer Satisfaction be Enough?


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in mapics  MAPICS XA (eXtended Advantage). In 1997, MAPICS Inc. separated from Marcam and became an independent public company, registered on the NASDAQ national market. The Company's current MAPICS XA product line, installed in over 2,400 sites, consists of more than 50 integrated application modules in the following six areas: Engineering Management; Demand Management; Operations Management; Resource Planning; Financial Management; and Business Management. Recent product enhancements include technologies such as Read More

Manufacturing Strategies that Win: IT’s New Role in the Cloud


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How Best-in-class Plan, Budget, and Forecast in Today’s Dynamic World


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