In the increasingly competitive supply chain management marketplace, corporations either advance or are trodden underfoot. Descartes' acquisitions over the last few years demonstrate that its management is committed to establishing a dominant position in the Internet fulfillment and collaboration software market. In spite of recent losses, Descartes has the potential to pose serious competition for other vendors in the e-fulfillment market, such as SAP, i2, and Oracle. Success will depend primarily on Descartes ability to put its bold vision to work.
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also maintains alliances with Oracle, Microsoft, and Sun Microsystems (10/99). (See TEC's News Analysis article: Descartes Evolution Yields Revenue Growth But No Profits December 1st, 1999) Perhaps more than any other supply chain software, DeliveryNet targets specific industry verticals: direct-store-delivery (DSD), field service management (FSM), logistics (LOG), and home delivery services (HOME). In cases where customers require specialized functionality, DeliveryNet's common development