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A Quiet ERP Vendor Merger That’s Worth a Closer Look
The CMS Software-XKO Software merger into Solarsoft Business Solutions offers proof that smaller enterprise resource planning vendors are not extinct yet

cms vendor for manufacturing  in early November 2007, CMS Software re-branded as Solarsoft Business Systems ( http://www.solarsoft.com ), and is planning further vendor acquisitions. XKO will continue to do business in the UK under its new name, Solarsoft Business Systems Limited . Market Impact Especially in view of a slew of ERP providers that have merged, been acquired, or gone out of business in the last several years (many of which were former ERP leaders and market favorites; see Rapidly Consolidating Enterprise Applications

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Small Merger Challenges and Recommendations to Users


The recent merger of enterprise resource planning vendors CMS Software (now known as Solarsoft Business Systems) and XKO Software presents some challenges. Although little overlap exists between the companies’ product lines, customers should verify that pre-merger support and service contracts are honored.

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What's in a name? or Enterprise systems' reincarnations (Part II)


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