Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Can't tell the players without a scorecard

So one good place to start might be with an inventory of dead (or extremely sleepy) ERP systems. I propose the following categories:
  1. Companies acquired, ERP product and customer base in limbo. This is the most common category. Examples: Baan, MANMAN.
  2. Company not actively investing in the product, future in question. Example: Qube.
  3. Company and/or product is just gone. Example: Flexware.
Under category #1, there are a couple of primary aggregator/offenders:
  • SSA (Baan, BPICS, MANMAN, MK, CAS, KBM, PRISM, many other products in ALL CAPS)
  • infor (formerly Agilisys), acquirers of MAPICS, Frontstep/Symix, Lilly VISUAL, BRAIN, NxTrend, daly.commerce, FACTS, SCT, etc.)
  • Oracle (JD Edwards, Peoplesoft, many more just outside the scope of our ERP study)
  • Microsoft (Great Plains, Navision)
  • Sage (MAS 90/200, ACCPAC, Peachtree, Platinum, BusinessWorks, BusinessVision, ACT!, SalesLogix, many more niche products)
  • Epicor (ROI Manage 2000, Scala, Avante, ManFact, DataFlo)
  • Exact (Alliance/Mfg, MAX, Macola, JobBoss)
I know there are lots and lots I'm leaving out. Comments, additions?


  1. Baan Acquired Berclain supply chain company.

    Peoplesoft acquired Skills Village.

  2. So where do you think this will all end up? Will SAP just buy whoever is left?