April 2011 saw the merger of Epicor and Activant Solutions to create a global leader in business software solutions. TEC principal analyst P. J. Jakovljevic sits down with CMO John Hiraoka to discuss the opportunities and challenges created by the merger and the potential synergy of the combined company, Epicor Software Corporation, to grow a wide range of products and industries, a very ambitious yet difficult-to-realize strategy.
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had recently become a major force in the broader spectrum of specialty retailing with its Eagle solution. Activant has operations in California, Texas, Colorado, Illinois, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom (UK). At the time of the merger announcement (see the official press release [PR]), Apax stated its intentions to combine Activant and Epicor to create one of the largest global providers of enterprise applications focused on the manufacturing, distribution,