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.
focus and corporate culture compatibilities, there is much more organizational fine-tuning to be performed. MAPICS is a stable, old, consistently profitable company, with an immaculate customer service record and almost uniquely developed affiliate channel in over 70 countries. On the other hand, the pre-MAPICS Pivotpoint could not cite any of the abovementioned characteristics. Moreover, the market and investors will keep MAPICS future financial performance under a very close scrutiny. There will be an