For years, Catalyst International was a leading public WMS/SCE vendor before missteps by its previous management team caused serious problems in strategy and execution. Over the past few years Catalyst's turnaround strategy has returned it to growth and profitability. As a result, it has recently been acquired by ComVest, a wealthy, private investment firm. This development may indicate private equity investors' renewed interest in this market and might validate the company's turnaround strategy that began in late 2001. Still, the question remains whether the anticipated infusion of capital from ComVest will enable Catalyst to become a consolidator and rejoin its mightier direct competitors in the industry's upper echelon.
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Catalyst’s Strategy? Part One: Event Summary Event Summary The long predicted consolidation within the warehouse management systems/supply chain execution (WMS)/ (SCE) market seems finally to be happening, albeit behind schedule. Yet, the pathway to consolidation has proceeded along a somewhat unexpected route, and the key players have not always been the usual suspects. Namely, instead of a direct intra-market consolidation, some public SCE/WMS vendors —or smaller, even profitable but