This partnership provides SAP with the opportunity to further extend its reach within its large corporate customer base by serving the needs of its distant smaller plants and divisions dispersed around the globe. Thus, SAP should hereby have the wherewithal to defend its major accounts from encroachment by vendors touting low-cost, astute plant systems that "happily co-habit" with SAP.
higher-priced and more complex mySAP All-In-One or mySAP Business Suite alternatives so far. This will have only defeated the purpose and it may not have helped much in preempting the intrusion of some competitors that specialize in plant-level manufacturing systems (such as QAD , Ross Systems , Agilisys , SSA Global , SYSPRO , MAPICS , Epicor , etc.), despite SAP's dominant presence in manufacturing industries. To that end, Fourth Shift adds proven manufacturing functionality and, in the longer run, prov