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MAPICS To Leap Forward In A Frontstep Way Part 2: Market Impact
MAPICS has recently departed from its traditional practice of 'pushing' the sale of the plethora of its components onto customers. Going forward, it will rather

webmaster affiliate  To Leap Forward In A Frontstep Way Part 2: Market Impact MAPICS ERP On November 25, MAPICS, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAPX) and Frontstep, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSTP), renowned global providers of extended enterprise solutions for world-class manufacturers, announced the signing of a definitive agreement whereby MAPICS will acquire Frontstep, formerly known as Symix Systems and headquartered in Columbus, OH. This transaction should create one of the largest providers of extended ERP, CRM and SCM applications that are

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