ERP vendors are making their way into the retail market by bundling, acquiring point solutions or partnering strategically to embed retail-specific functions within their suites. Like in all other enterprise applications markets, eventually, albeit not any time soon, the retail market too will come to a showdown between the pure retail vendors and the enterprise application vendors (e.g., Oracle, SAP, Lawson, PeopleSoft, SSA Global, Geac, Intentia, etc.), which have been striving to natively embed more retail-specific capability into their products.
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the supply chain management (SCM) and CRM markets, will eventually diminish as the ERP vendors continue to improve their retail-specific functionality, collaborative capabilities, and accessibility and add universal interfaces, including the new Web service standards to facilitate access and integration of data outside their own environment. Thus, the retail vendors need to establish as strong a hold on the market as possible before enterprise and platform vendors catch up. This is especially true for