Getting down to business

    CedAr Software
    CedAr Software's acquisition of OpenAccounts helped it flesh out its financial management, eProcurement and business intelligence suite. CedAr traditionally faired well in the public sector; OpenAccounts specialised in back-office transaction processing.

  • Key products: eFinancials; e5

    Coda has focused its recent efforts on bringing out new applications for collaboration and procurement, alongside its flagship Coda Financials product (for up to 300 users) and its Coda Dream accounting package (up to 12 users).

  • Key products: Coda Financials, Dream

    The 2004 acquisition of Scala Business Solutions has given Epicor renewed impetus in Europe – both had strong partnerships with Microsoft but very different geographic footprints. Scala was frequently used by departments linking up to head-office SAP implementations.

  • Key products: Epicor Enterprise, iScala Collaborative ERP

    Exact Software
    The resignation of its CEO rocked Exact but it is recognised as a leader in software for mid-size manufacturers and has enhanced its financials and supply chain modules.

  • Key products: Exact Globe, e-Synergy

    Exchequer Software
    The company provides accounting software for mid-sized businesses in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, retail, construction, and transportation.

  • Key products: Exchequer Enterprise

    GEAC offers mid-size customers two product lines: GEAC SmartStream, a general suite of business application software; and System21 Aurora, an ERP suite for manufacturers, particularly in the food and beverage and apparel sectors.

  • Key products: GEAC SmartStream, System21 Aurora

    Following a restructuring, IFS has restricted its vertical market focus to automotive; high-tech and medical devices; industrial manufacturing; process manufacturing; service and facilities management; utility and telecom; and aviation, rail and defence.

  • Key product: IFS Applications

    The company has been selling its Movex system, primarily to mid-size companies in the manufacturing, maintenance and distribution industries, for over 20 years, migrating the product from the IBM AS/400 to a Java-based architecture in 1999.

  • Key product: Movex

    Lawson Software
    Lawson's acquisition of ClosedLoop Solutions allowed it to launch a suite of business intelligence tools for forecasting, planning and budgeting that will appeal to its client base of retail, healthcare and professional services companies.

  • Key product: Lawson Business Solutions, Enterprise Performance Management (BI)

    Once a stalwart of the IBM iSeries (formerly AS/400) platform, Mapics is now also deployed by mid-size manufacturing companies with relatively complex needs.

  • Key product: Mapics ERP, Syteline

    Microsoft Business Solutions
    Microsoft built its business applications strength through its acquisition of Great Plains and Navision. It has pledged to support these products until at least 2013, but is also working on a unified product set, known as Project Green, that will create a new generation of component-based applications from its various product lines.

  • Key products: Great Plains, Solomon, Navision, Axapta

    NetSuite has expanded from its roots in accounting (under the name NetLedger) to become a providor of integrated hosted solutions.

  • Key product: NetSuite

    Its E-Business Suite Special Edition is aimed at firms with 100 to 500 employees and revenue of £13 million to £160 million. The suite, which includes financials, order management, purchasing, and inventory modules, is sold pre-installed and pre-configured on a Linux server by Oracle's reseller network.

  • Key product: Oracle E-Business Suite Special Edition

    The acquisition of JD Edwards has extended PeopleSoft's reach into the mid-market significantly. The company now has three distinct product lines: its Enterprise suite, sold to mid-sized services companies; PeopleSoft Enterprise One (formerly JD Edwards 5 and OneWorld), aimed primarily at mid-market manufacturers; and PeopleSoft World (formerly JD Edwards WorldSoftware), for manufacturers committed to the IBM iSeries architecture.

  • Key products: PeopleSoft Enterprise, EnterpriseOne, World

    A veteran of applications for mid-size manufacturing companies. The company focuses heavily on ‘lean' manufacturing processes, and has recently launched business intelligence tools and integrated Oxford Consulting, an electronic data interchange (EDI) specialist.

  • Key product: MFG/PRO

    Ross Systems
    Ross Systems, which became a division of chinadotcom in August this year, targets process manufacturers and has 1,200 customers in food and beverage, life sciences, chemicals and metals sectors.

  • Key products: iRenaissance

    The global market leader for mid-size and low-end financial accounting packages, Sage expanded its business applications portfolio with the contact management package Act! and customer relationship management suite SalesLogix. During 2004, the company also acquired the ACCPAC product from Computer Associates.

  • Key products: Line 50, Line 100, Act!, SalesLogix, ACCPAC

    SAP's response to the mid-market comprises two key product lines. SAP BusinessOne can integrate with the core mySAP Business Suite through SAP's NetWeaver integration platform. It has also developed a packaged, fixed-scope/fixed-price version of the mySAP Business Suite, called mySAP All-in-One.

  • Key products: SAP BusinessOne, All-in-One

    SSA Global Technologies
    Acquisitions over the past few years include : Baan; Ironside; EXE; Arzoon and Marcam. None of these products will be discontinued as long as customers continue to pay annual maintenance fees, the company says, while a strategic alliance with IBM enables SSA technology to be standardised on IBM WebSphere technology to provide a portal interface to all the products.

  • Key products: SSA Baan; SSA Arzoon; SSA EXE Solutions

    Systems Union
    Systems Union sells the SunSystems and Pegasus financial accounting packages and expanded its business intelligence capabilities with the acquisition of Lasata. SunSystems is used by 75% of FTSE100 companies.

  • Key products: SunSystems, Pegasus

    Unit 4 Agresso
    Unit 4 Agresso's financial accounting package Business World has a strong following among Benelux and Scandinavian companies. In the UK, many of its customers are in the public sectors, and in particular, higher education.

  • Key product: Agresso Business World

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