MAPICS remains a stable company, with a strong financial position, depth of manufacturing knowledge, a strong customer service record, and a developed affiliate channel, which has also broadened its product offering. Combined respective MAPICS and Frontstep customers and partners should be encouraged by the progress of Frontstep’s assimilation. However, there will ultimately be inevitable rationalization within the maze of likely redundant product sets.
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as the likes of SAP, PeopleSoft , and Oracle move down market and MBS and Best Software come up market and invade MAPICS' market space they might actively lure its qualified VARs for sales and service, potentially restricting MAPICS' ability to expand its market presence, and leaving its customers at risk of losing local support. The competition will, of course, not end with these vendors. Taking the iSeries software first, main competitors include Intentia , SSA GT , Geac , and J.D. Edwards . As for the