SAP’s viability and its business applications market’s leadership remains unscathed, as the company remains rock-solid and will be the leader for a long time to come. While SAP has espoused one of the most compelling and promising collaborative-Commerce vision to-date, the ideal enablers of collaboration – it still has to prove to the market it can integrate and deliver, and satisfy the small and medium-size customer with quick implementations and nimble responses to problems.
Microsoft's Great Plains and Navision offerings (see Microsoft 'The Great' Poised To Conquer Mid-Market, Once and Again ), Epicor and Best Software to name only few. Looking at the SCM market, SAP challenges the pure player likes of i2 , Logility , and Manugistics . On the PLM front SAP stacks itself against the slew of pure product data management (PDM)/PLM software vendors from the engineering design side (i.e., PTC , EDS , IBM/Dassault Systems , Matrix One , Agile Software , Sequencia , etc.), and on