The former die-hard IBM AS/400-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) supplier to mid-market manufacturing companies, MAPICS, seems to have found its soul after the recent acquisition of its former competitor Frontstep and Frontstep's extended-ERP product line on a Microsoft .NET-based technology platform. While another acquisition of an ERP competitor is not very likely, MAPICS seems to have rather opted for lateral acquisitions of strategic extension products, starting with the MAGIK! PLM product.
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changing business conditions, thus implementations could be significantly easier, and customers would be able add MAPICS' solutions to meet specific business demands as needed and at their preferred pace. Therefore, using applications such as portals, PLM, enterprise asset management (EAM), and supplier relationship management (SRM), the last one being slated for some time in the future, as coarse-grained Web services (including pricing, inventory, supplier performance, order management, and catalog