Tier2/Tier 3 vendors are prepared to endure the onslaught of the likes of SAP, Oracle, and PeopleSoft, as well as of proverbial mid-market leaders such as J.D. Edwards, Baan, Intentia, QAD, IFS and Epicor, and newly formed mid-market juggernauts like Microsoft Great Plains, Best Software (formerly Sage Software), and Navision, to name some. Frontstep and the Syspro Group lead the way.
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where product data management (PDM), which is part of PLM, will likely become more intertwined with ERP, SCM and CRM applications. Engineering department's productivity and product design cycle-time reduction might lose their competitive advantage trait in a few years, as most industries will have reached the same level in these areas by then. Therefore, PLM collaboration aspect might gain the spotlight of importance then. To that, in the ERP market, the major vendors focused on the high-end of the