MAPICS, one of the leading mid-market ERP vendors, has significantly expanded its product offering during 2000. On June 15, MAPICS announced the release of XA 6.0, the latest version of its flagship AS/400-based Extended Enterprise Application (EEA). Earlier, on May 9, MAPICS announced the delivery of its second flagship product, the Point.Man Extended Enterprise Edition, which enables customers, suppliers, distributors and partners to collaborate via the Internet. We express our view regarding its latest announcements and strategic direction.
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on Unix, NT, and Linux, which rounds up the set of the most commonly used platforms. In addition, besides obtaining another flagship ERP system, Point.Man, MAPICS has also benefited in adding the Maincor enterprise asset management (EAM) system, the Thru-Put advanced planning system (APS), Minxware and GrowthPower, manufacturing resource planning (MRP II) products, and a slew of e-business modules to its fold, as part of the deal. These products are in tune with the MAPICS focus and can help it mine its