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How Has MAPICS Been Extending?
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

mapics qad  requirements. Moreover, we condone MAPICS downplaying its role as yet another ERP-turned-e-commerce vendor in favor of portraying itself as a vendor that provides a multi-layered solution of ERP transactional systems, extended ERP and e-business applications. Very notable are the product lifecycle management (PLM) collaboration component and user interface personalization, role-based features. The only e-business components still to be desired are XML interfaces to Internet-based trading exchanges Read More...
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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

mapics qad  its struggling mid-market peers. MAPICS has also maintained an active focus on additional partnering arrangements intended to help manufacturers move into a collaborative e-business land in a more controlled manner. To that end, we endorse MAPICS' recent partnership initiatives, like those with Vanguard Solutions Group for business intelligence add-on modules for its mature XA product, and Access Commerce, which also has a similar agreement with QAD for its attractive Cameleon product configurator (for Read More...
MAPICS Moving On Pragmatically Part 4: Competition and User Recommendations
Production management remains MAPICS’ strongest spot, and, therefore, it has often been implemented only in manufacturing divisions of large global

mapics qad  of the market since MAPICS is not at the forefront of natively provided multi-national financials/consolidation, budgeting, project accounting/management, and human resources (HR) functionality. Without these in hand, it is a tall order for any vendor to penetrate the corporate management level competing against likes of Oracle, SAP and PeopleSoft. Production management remains MAPICS' strongest spot, and, therefore, it has often been implemented only in manufacturing divisions of large global Read More...
MAPICS XA Expands BI Offering Through Partnership With Vanguard
MAPICS XA expands its Business Intelligence (BI) offerings via a partnership with the Vanguard Solutions Group. With GPS, MAPICS has taken a critical step

mapics qad  With Vanguard Event Summary MAPICS (NASDAQ: MAPX) now has an expanded Business Intelligence (BI) suite that works throughout its MAPICS XA product. The suite, called Graphic Performance Series ( GPS ), is offered through a formal relationship with Vanguard Solutions Group . Business Intelligence is a vital piece of our customer's ERP system, turning the wealth of data in the XA manufacturing data model into information to make better business decisions and gain competitive advantage in their markets , Read More...
MAPICS Reports Solid Profitability Despite Dismal Fiscal 1999 4% Growth
On October 27, MAPICS, Inc. reported revenues and net income for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 1999. For fiscal 1999, total revenues

mapics qad  Fiscal 1999 4% Growth MAPICS Reports Solid Profitability Despite Dismal Fiscal 1999 4% Growth P.J. Jakoljevic - November 03, 1999 Event Summary On October 27, MAPICS, Inc. reported revenues and net income for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 1999. Total revenues for the fourth fiscal quarter amounted to $33.9 million compared with $39.1 million in the year-earlier period. Net income for the quarter totaled $2.8 million, or $0.14 per share (diluted), compared with $6.4 million, or Read More...
QAD Explores E-Business While Not Abandoning ERP
QAD, one of the leading ERP vendors, announced a number of product and alliance initiatives prior to or during Explore 2000, its annual user conference that

mapics qad  of its competitors like MAPICS and Made2Manage. We also agree with QAD's plans of enhancing its core ERP product and continued emphasis on integrating eQ components with back-office systems (not necessarily MFG/PRO). Companies are increasingly realizing that the fancy 'click' side of the business is a mere castle in the air without a proper 'brick' business foundation. It still matters very much what and how a company manufactures. Therefore, QAD recommends the following e-business roadmap for its Read More...
MAPICS To Leap Forward In A Frontstep Way Part 3: Challenges and User Recommendations
While the benefit of obtaining .NET-based product is evident, the downside is also that due to the companies’ dissimilar technologies in the past, MAPICS will

mapics qad  a definitive agreement whereby MAPICS will acquire Frontstep, formerly known as Symix Systems and headquartered in Columbus, OH. This transaction should create one of the largest providers of extended ERP, CRM and SCM applications that are focused exclusively to solving the challenges of discrete and batch process manufacturers. The combined company will have solutions that have been implemented in more than 10,000 customer sites worldwide in only a handful of industries of focus. Both MAPICS and Read More...
QAD Enterprise Applications: Discrete Manufacturing (ERP) Competitor Analysis Report
The discrete enterprise resource planning (ERP) knowledge base addresses discrete manufacturing (distinct items such as auto parts or chairs) as well as non

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What's Ahead for Users on the Enterprise Infrastructure Battlefront?
The battle between Oracle, Microsoft, SAP, and IBM goes far beyond applications -- it goes right into the technology stack or the enterprise infrastructure. As

mapics qad  s Ahead for Users on the Enterprise Infrastructure Battlefront? Competition Involves Infrastructure Competition has increased since Oracle successfully acquired PeopleSoft , which was finalized in December. The process was far from pretty, involving court cases and not to mention some bad blood between executives. Now it is the competition's turn to react. Because Oracle's product roadmap does not include active marketing for PeopleSoft and J.D Edwards , the competition, including SAP and Microsoft are Read More...
QAD Pulling Through, Patiently But Passionately Part Two: Company Background
QAD, a notable player in the upper middle of the discrete manufacturing market, embarked a few years ago on reinventing itself by delivering applications that

mapics qad  IFS , Intentia , MAPICS , Epicor and so on, and it belongs to the top ten global manufacturing-oriented ERP vendors. QAD went public in 1987 and currently trades on NASDAQ. Responding to Competition However, the entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm of its founders/owners and an early-mover advantage could not entirely and indefinitely make up for its finite resources. As a result, during mid and late 90s, many above-mentioned and high-flying ERP competitors outpaced QAD both in the scope of the ERP (and Read More...
Access Commerce Spices Up North American CRM Fray
In May, Access Commerce, a French CRM vendor, announced the opening of its first USA office in San Diego, California. During Explore 2000, QAD’s annual user

mapics qad  Commerce Spices Up North American CRM Fray Access Commerce Spices Up North American CRM Fray P.J. Jakovljevic - July 5, 2000 Event Summary According to the company's press release from June 8, Access Commerce, a French eCRM vendor, has announced its acquisition of AIS Technologies Inc. from Vancouver - British Columbia, Canada - a leading e-business solution provider for mid-sized enterprises. This acquisition will accelerate growth plans for penetrating into North America as well as the development Read More...
Analyzing MAPICS' Further Steps After Frontstep Part Five: Challenges and User Recommendations
MAPICS remains a stable company, with a strong financial position, depth of manufacturing knowledge, a strong customer service record, and a developed affiliate

mapics qad  that it would take MAPICS significantly longer, given its much more modest resources and a task of deploying onto multiple platforms. Competition On the other hand, the technological foundation disparity of the products will likely take its toll by multiplying the development expenses and for delivering product integration. This also complicates the tracking of third-party partnerships to compensate the products' different respective weak areas. Thus, MAPICS' challenge in its new technology foray will Read More...
Facing A Selection? Try A Knowledge-Based Matchmaker Part 2: A Timesaving Solution
Since a 'one-size-fits-all' product is still not quite a viable possibility, almost every product can win provided a certain set of requirements. The Catch 22

mapics qad  A Selection? Try A Knowledge-Based Matchmaker Part 2: A Timesaving Solution Executive Summary Selecting a piece of enterprise application software has never been an exact science. Vendors' hype, consultants' conflict of interest, users' doubts, tediously long selection processes, and unclear decisions rationale are some of the unfortunate watchwords for most selection practices. It is daunting for corporate IT buyers to discern the true capabilities, strengths and weaknesses of a given enterprise 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

mapics qad  MAPICS Getting the Magic of PLM? Part Two: Strategy Strategy For over two years, MAPICS , Inc . (NASDAQ: MAPX), possibly the largest global provider of extended enterprise applications for solving the challenges of discrete manufacturers following the acquisition of its 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 Read More...

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