ERP applications are designed to optimize an organization’s underlying business processes — primarily accounting/financial, manufacturing, distribution, and human resources/payroll. This note identifies current trends in the ERP market that we believe are the direct consequence of vendors’ attempts to 1) resolve current ERP functional and/or technological deficiencies, and/or 2) expand software sales both within their existing and potential customer bases.
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top 6 ERP vendors, SAP AG, Oracle Corporation, PeopleSoft Inc., Geac Software, J.D. Edwards & Company, and Baan Co., account for over 65% of total ERP revenue. Consolidation, mergers and acquisitions are expected to intensify. Over the last two years, the ERP market became stratified into growing and profitable vendors on one side, and stagnating and non-profitable vendors on the other side (for more information see the TEC Market Note on ERP published in January 2000). We believe that this will become