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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

mapics frontstep  industries of focus. Both MAPICS and Frontstep customers should now be served by a much larger, global company with a heritage of continual delivery of practical business solutions, and excellent service and support. Terms of the acquisition include the purchase of all Frontstep shares for 4.2 million shares of MAPICS common stock subject to closing conditions. MAPICS currently has approximately 20.5 million shares (diluted) outstanding. Frontstep shareholders will receive approximately 0.30 MAPICS

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Analyzing MAPICS’ Further Steps After Frontstep


The former staunch IBM AS/400-based ERP supplier to mid-market manufacturing companies, MAPICS, has become quite a larger vendor and with a wider choice of products due to the recent acquisition of Frontstep and its entire product line, which included ERP, CRM, and SCM, on a single Microsoft .NET-based technology platform. However, as the customers from both camps have been uncertain of their provider's strategy, given that a bigger size brings about the need to rationalize multiple products within the same marketplace, after a few months long period of buried heads and brainstorming sessions, MAPICS has lately been engaged in explaining its rationale, as to set many customers' minds at ease.

mapics frontstep  the average volume for MAPICS without Frontstep over its last four quarters. Nearly 60 new MAPICS SyteLine (formerly Frontstep SyteLine ) customers have reportedly contributed $2.8 million in license revenues. The company still has a comfortable cash amount of nearly $22.6 million, and maintains its acquisitive stance. The Frontstep acquisition has obviously provided MAPICS with a boost in terms of product choice, having solutions on both leading platforms -- Microsoft and IBM. With MAPICS SyteLine 7, Read More

Frontstep Still Awaiting Better Times


While Frontstep reported loses in fiscal 2001, the potential of its well-rounded product/services offering mix as well as the recent downsizing, bodes well a return to profitability.

mapics frontstep  Still Awaiting Better Times Frontstep Still Awaiting Better Times P.J. Jakovljevic - September 17, 2001 Event Summary On August 14, Frontstep, Inc . (Nasdaq: FSTP), a leading provider of business applications for mid-sized distributors and manufacturers, reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year ended June 30, 2001. Total revenue for Q4 2001 was $29.0 million, an increase of 7% sequentially over the revenue of $27.2 million for Q3 2001, but a 6% drop compared to Read More

MAPICS To Leap Forward In A Frontstep Way Part 2: Market Impact


MAPICS has recently departed from its traditional practice of 'pushing' the sale of the plethora of its components onto customers. Going forward, it will rather try to solve challenges for its customers and/or prospects in their quest of becoming world-class manufacturers.

mapics frontstep  industries of focus. Both MAPICS and Frontstep customers should now be served by a much larger, global company with a heritage of continual delivery of practical business solutions, and excellent service and support. Consequently, MAPICS will now initially have three key ERP offerings: Frontstep's SyteLine, MAPICS ERP for iSeries (the original venerable flagship MAPICS XA AS/400-based offering) and MAPICS ERP for Extended Systems (deriving from the acquired Point.Man ), plus a plethora of ERP-adjacent Read More

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 large enterprise applications provider, which positions the vendor near (if not at) the top among vendors that focus on the mid-size discrete manufacturing market.

mapics frontstep  of the market since MAPICS (and the former Frontstep alike) has never been at the forefront of providing native multinational financials/consolidation, budgeting, project accounting/management, and human resources (HR) functionality. Without these in hand, it is a tall order for any like vendor to penetrate the corporate management level competing against the likes of Oracle, SAP, and PeopleSoft. Production management remains MAPICS' strongest spot, and thus it has often been implemented only in Read More

Is MAPICS Getting the Magic of PLM? Part Two: Strategy


During our recent briefing, MAPICS' executives acknowledged that almost all enterprise software companies are either "hunting" or being "hunted".

mapics frontstep  former competitor Frontstep (see MAPICS To Leap Forward In A Frontstep Way ), has shown signs of significant change and a persistent number of its historically recognizable and invariant tenets of operation. During the same time, the vendor has continued with the painstaking process of producing and executing a strategy going forward that would pragmatically blend the company's traditional values and success factors with new approaches to stay in tune with market trends. To that end, on May 5, MAPICS Read More

HighJump Grows in a Period of Low Growth Through Adaptable, Broad Function Products Part Three: Highjump SCE Solutions


Besides the highly functional WMS, HighJump provides a comprehensive and adaptable suite of other SCE solutions. Thus, the company’s continued expansion, increases in research and development (R&D) investment, and its products’ flexibility, simplicity and highly competitive prices have been flying in the face of current pessimistic sentiment and tight purses in the IT market.

mapics frontstep  Oracle , PeopleSoft and MAPICS , where the vendor features certified interfaces. That may indicate these ERP systems' drawbacks in terms of handling near real-time (vs. batch processing) and paperless inventory data. On the other hand, the likes of HighJump deliver real-time inventory information via imbedded RF technology that enables real-time scanning. Every inventory bin has a location number that can be scanned with a wireless device carried by a worker or attached to a forklift, while device Read More

Competitive Challenges for Vanguard


Vanguard's challenge is to continue to be nimble and responsive to the needs of its target market and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners.

mapics frontstep  Agilisys Process and now MAPICS , while SSA Global recently purchased Marcam (see The Name and Ownership Change Roulette Wheel for Marcam Stops at SSA Global ). These consolidators will try to standardize the BI solutions across their ERP product lines, which is a threat to Vanguard's favored position. This is particularly coming from Cognos —which has meanwhile become the standard BI solution across all SSA Global product lines—and within MAPICS—prior to the acquisition by Infor. In addition to Read More

Symix Systems’ Slips Into Red During Its E-Commerce Transition


On April 20, Symix Systems, Inc. announced financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended March 31, 2000. The operating loss is attributed to the Company's continuing investment in its e-business operations, and the delayed rebound of the traditional enterprise systems market following the Y2K-caused slowdown.

mapics frontstep  offerings. As an example, MAPICS has abandoned the OEM agreement with Symix in favor of the Pivotpoint product it recently acquired. Nevertheless, Symix has recently taken advantage of its soaring market capitalization to extend both its foothold in the coveted small-to-medium (SME) ERP market segment and to fill the gaps and/or diversify its product portfolio. We also believe that these moves have been prudent and in tune with the current ERP market trends. However, the company will be faced with some Read More

Made2Manage Affirms Its Technological Astuteness Part 3: Challenges and User Recommendations


Although recent initiatives should, to our mind, contribute to creating increased demand and acceptance of the offering in the intended SME market, nevertheless, Made2Manage will have to address certain challenges in order to continue to thrive in this cutthroat competitive environment.

mapics frontstep  Software , Syspro , MAPICS/Frontstep , etc.), the likes of SAP , Oracle and PeopleSoft storming down the market, and from former accounting-only juggernauts going up the market (e.g., Intuit , ACCPAC , Best Software , and Microsoft Business Solutions ( MBS )). Most of these competitors have much greater install bases and quite a leeway to ride through these difficult times on their recurring service & support revenue. To keep up with the competition, Made2Manage might therefore have a bigger need to enlar Read More

Thru-Put Announces Features For New APS Release


Internet collaboration is all the rage and SCM vendors are web enabling client/server-based applications in an effort to retain current customers and entice prospective ones.

mapics frontstep  choice for Atlanta-based MAPICS. MAPICS acquired Thru-Put indirectly through its purchase of Pivotpoint, Inc. in January 2000. Although the company is working to integrate Thru-Put APS with its AS/400 enterprise application suite XA, it continues to operate Thru-Put as a separate division based in San Jose, CA. Its web capabilities are welcome enhancements, but are hardly a differentiator in themselves. CTP has been available for over a year from many competitors such as i2 Technologies and Adexa; while Read More

Exact Acquires Vanguard Solutions Group


With the acquisition of Vanguard, Exact Software expects to more tightly integrate Exact Business Analytics with its existing product family, and develop additional capabilities to meet the evolving needs of both Exact and Vanguard customers and prospects.

mapics frontstep  former J.D. Edwards , MAPICS , Marcam , and other products. Vanguard has also been sold through a number of ongoing partnerships, including Infor Global Solutions (via former Lilly Software and MAPICS ), WorkWise , and Asset Point (see Has the Mid-market Found Vanguard BI Solutions? ). Exact not only expects Vanguard to continue to sell GPS through these existing partners, but also expects Vanguard to expand its partner network. Balio, president and general manager of the new division defines the new Read More

Geac Hopes To See System21 Shine Again Like 'Aurora' Part 3: Challenges and User Recommendations


One is only to hope that the Geac’s renewed interest in alliances and acquisition will be to the point of effectively enhancing prosperous product lines as required by its large installed base.

mapics frontstep  Hopes To See System21 Shine Again Like 'Aurora' Part 3: Challenges and User Recommendations Geac Hopes To See System21 Shine Again Like 'Aurora' Part 3: Challenges and User Recommendations P.J. Jakovljevic - September 18, 2002 Event Summary Lately, Geac Computer Corporation Limited (TSX: GAC), a large and until recently struggling Canadian supplier of enterprise management software, has indicated it might have finally gotten its ducks in the row not only has it posted a few stable and profitable Read More

Symix Launches eSyte Supply Chain


Symix Systems, Inc. recently announced an addition to its e-business application suite, eSyte Supply Chain. It offers multi-site capacity and material planning capabilities that have been given new relevance with the advent of B2B collaboration.

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