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MAPICS: Will Customer Satisfaction be Enough?
MAPICS has consistently scored above average in the following customer-service & support benchmarks: reliability, quality of support, vendor stability, ease of

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of mapics  received by a number of MAPICS customers and is already integrated with the MAPICS ERP for iSeries product. Ceimis has had another approach to PLM, which is to leave existing product development management (PDM) systems in place and overlay a workflow management tool to extract data, manage it in a forms-based environment, and disseminate it to users across different functional groups touching the new product development and introduction (NPDI) process. MAGIK! PLM was designed to take data from various Read More

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of mapics  received by a number of MAPICS customers and is already integrated with the MAPICS ERP for iSeries product. Although MAPICS remains in an acquisition mode owing to a somewhat bitter pill of assimilating the MAPICS ERP for Extended Systems product (derived from the acquired former Pivotpoint's Point.Man product), it is not likely that MAPICS will opt for another direct enterprise resource planning (ERP) competitor's acquisition. MAPICS had to make a crucial decision to do provide a smooth migration path Read More

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