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.
the heyday of the ERP market in the mid 90s somewhat postponed the consolidation in the lower tiers of the market, it has, however, not been the case in recent years. As the M&A activity is seemingly dwindling, although not completely (see SAP Tries Another, Bifurcated Tack At A Small Guy ), the vendors that have survived the crunch will now have to energetically respond to the growing demands on the underlying collaborative product architecture and functionality, with customers remaining vendor