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.
reinvigorating itself and significantly extending its products' offering scope by conducting a far-sighted acquisition. With Pivotpoint in its fold, MAPICS is now in a much stronger position to help its customer base of mid-sized manufacturing companies become e-businesses, with its wider portfolio of solutions. We believe this was possibly the best strategic move that MAPICS could have made given its state of affairs during the last few years. The company has long realized that continuing with a