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Infor Strikes Again (at Long Last): Getting “Soft” while Flexing its Muscles? - Part 1
Just when I had begun to think that Ned Lilly’s ERP Graveyard blog might go out of business soon (or at least change its name and charter), here came his new

mapics digest  Infor ERP XA (formerly Mapics XA ), and so on  and so forth. Even with Fourth Shift’s solid mixed-mode manufacturing ERP  capabilities, it is difficult to find a defendable niche in light of the Infor ERP LX (formerly SSA BPCS ) product. True, Fourth Shift was one of the first ERP products to penetrate the Chinese market and be certified by the local authorities. Thus, Infor might try to leverage that strength (although its own products like SyteLine have been making good strides in China lately).

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