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 6.0, the latest version of its flagship AS/400-based Extended Enterprise Application (EEA). Earlier, on May 9, MAPICS announced the delivery of its second flagship product, the Point.Man Extended Enterprise Edition, which enables customers, suppliers, distributors and partners to collaborate via the Internet. We express our view regarding its latest announcements and strategic direction.
organic growth. The combination of MAPICS and Pivotpoint has the potential of becoming a formidable player within the mid-market for business applications, with a notable combination of customers and channel partners. There may be a synergy from a focus on the same market segment (small and mid-sized manufacturing enterprises) but with different products strengths in mainly complementary manufacturing segments. And while MAPICS XA runs only on AS/400, Pivotpoint's Point.Man runs on Unix, NT, and Linux,