MAPICS’ acquisition of Frontstep is a real positive given that Frontstep had already spent ~$60 million to deliver its entire product line, which includes ERP, CRM, and SCM, on a single technology platform, a notable feat. The combined company will have solutions that have been implemented in more than 10,000 customer sites worldwide in only a handful of industries of focus. Now the work of battling Tier 1 vendors and mid-market juggernauts begins.
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going forward, newly enlarged MAPICS logically desires to become an active dual (i.e., both J2EE and Microsoft .NET compliant) platform vendor. To that end, the company will continue to sell and enhance its traditional breadwinning product for the IBM iSeries (formerly AS/400 ) platform along with Frontstep's newly rejuvenated SyteLine 7 product, which was recently completely re-architected on Microsoft .NET . (see Frontstep Ups The .NET Ante ). The fact that the acquisition will not have been a mere