Geac appears to have at least learned some hard lessons and it should not fall again in the trap of its former rampant acquisition strategy in a number of unrelated, diverse fields. Further, Geac's strengths today remain its geographical spread, restored financial health, retained level of products’ diversity, and its savvy of industry business process in the chosen vertical sectors. The company seems to have become highly attuned to the needs of the mid-market, with many loyal long term customers currently enjoying considerable service & support attention.
future focus on its heartland of existing customers and industry verticals, while building out its technology to make System21 more future-proof and keeping abreast of the competitive offering, seems prudent. While Geac''s difficulties surely originate from the Y2K-based slump of the ERP market in 1999/2000 and current protracted economic slowdown, the catalyst was poorly executed acquisition of once prominent UK-based ERP vendor JBA International in 1999. The acquisition has unfortunately stopped short