Anyone who thought that multiple accounting software product lines, brought together by merger and acquisition activity, would melt away quickly was probably surprised by developments in the last two months.

Microsoft Great Plains carried through with a long-announced plan to introduce light manufacturing and distribution modules for Solomon 1V. Meanwhile, Best Software revealed the direction for Platinum for Windows, acquired last year from Epicor. That direction included attacking the process manufacturing market, releasing source code, along with integrating the recently acquired BatchMaster for PFW.

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