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Analyzing MAPICS' Further Steps After Frontstep Part Three: Market Impact
Much has changed, while much has remained the same at MAPICS during 2003. With the February finalization of the Frontstep acquisition, MAPICS has become quite a

iseries 525  the MAPICS ERP for iSeries product side is that version 7.3, which is slated for December, will feature Double Bytes support, and expanded Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE)-based client technology. Other developments detailed in this note are: MAPICS Field Service and Support (covered in Part One ) A Global Partnership with Systems Union (covered in Part One ) Primus Knowledge Solution Results Certified Partner Program Pacejet Logistics, Inc. is a Certified Partner A Revised Sales Strategy This is Part Read More

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CA Unloads interBiz Collection Into SSA GT's Sanctuary Part 2: Market Impact
SSA GT believes it is on a path to regain a leading position in its target markets by solving industry-specific business challenges and creating a heterogeneous

iseries 525  SSA GT points out iSeries as the primary platform. SSA GT Strategy Current SSA GT's management seems to understand its charter, and has already shown that small miracles can happen. SSA GT's recent watchwords for customers are return on investment (ROI), total cost of ownership (TCO), and new product releases and versions included in the maintenance fee. To be fair, SSA GT has mostly achieved its most imminent and important goal of enticing existing BPCS customer base to stay on their maintenance contract Read More
J.D. Edwards' CEO Retires Again; This Time For Good?
Having seemingly paved a solid ground for its successor, it is likely that this time J.D. Edwards founder and CEO Ed McVaney might not have to come back from

iseries 525  user base. While the iSeries server co-branding agreement with IBM could breathe a fresh air in this product line, major intrinsic product enhancements are not very likely. User Recommendations Potential and current J.D. Edwards' customers should certainly welcome the improved vendor's posture and it is very likely that the new energetic CEO will not depart fundamentally from his predecessor's recently paved route. Consider the new product offering bearing in mind the immaturity of recently released produ Read More
PeopleSoft Revamps World for Its Mid-Market
PeopleSoft needs to more efficiently mine its client base by doing a better job of selling the broadened offering, by getting its affiliate channel both excited

iseries 525  2004 , the IBM iSeries user conference. A new release of PeopleSoft World that included more than 280 new features and enhancements that span the product family's human capital management (HCM), supply chain management (SCM), and financial management (FM) applications, and a new web-based user interface (UI),on March 18 at CeBIT 2004 . Further extensions of the longstanding partnership with IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced during PeopleSoft 2004 Leadership Summit which expands their global alliance by enabling I Read More
J.D. Edwards On The Mend; This Time Might Be For Real Part 3: User Recommendations
In anatomic terms, J.D. Edwards has been showing some muscles on top of its solid but unexciting ERP skeleton and XPI-based connective tissue, chords and

iseries 525  more needed functionality. The iSeries server co-branding agreement with IBM should also breathe a fresh air in this product line. Although J.D. Edwards also offers native functionality in the company's Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), indirect materials (MRO) e-procurement, and private trade exchanges (PTX) products' offering, the company seems to be in a much better shape now to provide a number of its own must have' applications. As a summary, in anatomic terms, J.D. Edwards has been showing some mu Read More
Server Platform Situational Analysis: IBM AS/400
Customers value IBM's AS/400's reliability, stability, and security. However, despite its impressive performance and use of independent software vendors to

iseries 525  on the IBM eServer iSeries server platform (formerly IBM AS/400 ), valuing its reliability (high availability due to clustering capabilities), stability, security, scalability, its price per performance value proposition, and ease of management. However, they also want to look beyond the traditional text character-based, a.k.a. 5250 green screen user interface (UI), to have a more modern, flexible way to use their software. They want to keep the rich functionality of the software, but want increased Read More
CA Unloads interBiz Collection Into SSA GT's Sanctuary Part 1: Recent Announcement
What are the prospects of SSA GT, now that the revived ERP vendor has recently acquired interBiz with its plethora of application products from its long

iseries 525  reliance on mature IBM iSeries (formerly AS/400) platform. These sorts of blessings in disguise could still allow SSA GT to build on its core ERP transactional capabilities while being able to offer extensions to the core products, something not many other ERP vendors that are relying heavily on the latest 'hot button' technologies (e.g., Java or .NET) would be willing to undertake. Also the companies have similar corporate cultures and have long been competing in the same or similar markets. They both ha Read More
Demand-driven Manufacturing and Warehousing: Challenges and User Recommendations
Among its promising initiatives, IBS offers flexible rescheduling tools that integrate with existing manufacturing resource planning systems. Its warehousing

iseries 525  reliance on the IBM iSeries platform still limits the number of deals that IBS is invited to compete for. Moreover, because IBS will not have a proven multiplatform capability until late 2006 at best, its market potential is limited to only those enterprises that are 100 percent committed to iSeries, which is a low-growth, but loyal, installed base, which is preciously the market IBS intends to address with its new focus. Strategic partnerships, an essential ingredient to success, is another area that IBS Read More
Intentia’s Intents To Be More Fashionable
Intentia remains solid, with both a new product portfolio and an increase in license revenue. The company, which is unimpeded by the current economic slump

iseries 525  confinement to the IBM iSeries (formerly AS/400) platform, where it has faced strong competition from incumbent players like J.D. Edwards and MAPICS . Although Intentia has been platform independent since 1999, it still has one more myth to debunk on top of its otherwise low brand recognition in Americas. Therefore, the company's big challenge remains its still nascent toehold in North America, without which no vendor can have a strong global competitive position. Recent alliances like the ones with Sun Read More
MAPICS Clings To Its Customers' Loyalty
While the existing loyal client base remains MAPICS’ greatest trump for retaining its solid financial position, the company will have to figure out how to be

iseries 525  from its solely IBM iSeries (formerly AS/400) and DB/2 platforms to include Microsoft Windows NT, UNIX and Oracle DB platforms. MAPICS' solutions now comprise two ERP systems (XA and Point.Man), plus supply chain management (Thru-Put), collaborative commerce (TeamWeRX), and enterprise asset management (Maincor EAM) products. MAPICS has concurrently taken steps to reduce costs through a restructuring plan to re-direct additional resources to more attractive extended-ERP enterprise applications for Read More
J.D. Edwards' QUEST To End Its String Of Pyrrhic Victories Part 1: The News
J.D. Edwards has been trying hard to reverse a continuing decline of license revenue, which is in a sharp contrast to its direct competitors’ upbeat postures

iseries 525  a single IBM eServer iSeries system. Also, the IBM eServer iSeries established a new industry record of 6,000 concurrent users in a recent benchmark running J.D. Edwards' OneWorld Xe applications. General availability is expected sometime during the third quarter 2001. Q2 Financial Results  However, the announcements came only a month after the company laid off 8% of its workforce as a revitalization effort pursuant to the string of losses and management changes (see J.D. Edwards Saved By SCM, Narrowly, Read More
Intentia's Movex for Food and Beverage: Gaining a Foothold in North America Part Two: SCM and Other Functions
The SCM features of Movex should assist you in streamlining your operations to make them more efficient and cost-effective. Movex has meanwhile expanded its

iseries 525  exclusively on the IBM iSeries (formerly AS/400 ) platform. Realizing this architecture strategy was limiting the growth of its product, in 1999 Intentia released a redesigned and rewritten Java version of Movex (see Intentia: Java Evolution From AS/400 ). By eliminating the hardware centric look of the software, Movex can offer hardware independence by running on such hardware, operation system (OS) and database combinations as IBM eServer iSeries with IBM DB2/400 UDB V5 database; Sun Microsystems' Fire Read More
MAPICS Moving On Pragmatically Part 3: Challenges
MAPICS remains at a critical point in time, where immaculate execution without much space for missteps will determine its future. Despite notable functional and

iseries 525  the MAPICS ERP for iSeries (still somewhere known as MAPICS XA ), in addition to expanding opportunities for the entire product offering. Furthermore, while having a broad functional footprint remains important, MAPICS has recently departed from its traditional practice of pushing' the sale of the plethora of its components (spanning the design, sell, source, make, deliver and service individual functional areas) onto customers. Going forward, it will rather try to solve challenges for its customers and/o Read More
PeopleSoft Gathers Manufacturing and SCM Wherewithal Part Four: Challenges and User Recommendations
PeopleSoft manufacturing customers and J.D. Edwards customers in service industries should assess the vendor's product plans given these customers might benefit

iseries 525  multi-platform (UNIX and IBM iSeries ) client/server system that is very scaleable and has strength in multi-tier plant environments. PeopleSoft's mid-market customers should demand more details from the product blueprint given that the PeopleSoft EnterpriseOne product is likely its main offering in most vertical industries. Existing users of the IBM iSeries-based PeopleSoft Enterprise World (former J.D. Edwards' WorldSoftware) should be aware that the sexy CRM and collaborative SCM modules will be Read More
Lawson Software-IPO and Several Acquisitions After Part Three: Market Impact
In several aspects, Lawson Software could be regarded as an enterprise applications market anomaly. For one, at its peak in fiscal 2002, the company boasted

iseries 525  IBM AS/400 (now IBM iSeries ) in 1988, UNIX in 1990 and Microsoft Windows NT in 1998. The company fully embraced open systems technology in 1985 by moving all development to a UNIX-based computer-aided software engineering (CASE) tool. In 1993, Lawson was one of the first software application vendors to shift its market focus by delivering client/server applications. Lawson's cross-platform, open-database, component technology was incorporated into its flagship product, which was formerly called the Read More

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