Please realize that I did not write my response to the original question to bash any Strategic Partners. I replied to make the customer aware that , even though MAPICS does not want you to know about it, there are other solutions for products that may compete with what they offer. EAX is one of those products. I am sure if Dale at FFT had seen EAX before COM_Net, he may be praising their products as well. But now that the door is open regarding Strategic Partners, just because their products are "certified", it does not mean that they may have the best solution to offer. The affiliate is going to recommend a product that will give them the best bang for their buck (Commission). It also does not mean that the Strategic Partner will be one forever (this is not the case with Lexel since the have many products). Just ask anyone who purchased MMA from Silvon, Wisdom or the MAPICS Portal to name a few. Their companies were once Strategic Partners, their products were sold and eventually the partnership was broken. For those customers expecting to see these other great 3rd party products at the upcoming conference - unless the vendor is a Certified Solution Partner ($$) - you will not be privy to experience those products at the Tech expo. Eric P.S. I hope I did not open up any old wounds with the MMA, Wisdom or Portal comment.
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