When Mark Alperin went looking to replace his aging ERP system in 2006, he found himself in the same place as many CIOs of midsize companies — not feeling terribly sought after by software vendors that prioritize large enterprise accounts, and facing few choices.

Alperin serves as chief operating officer with CIO responsibilities at Vertex Distribution, a manufacturer and distributor of rivets, screws and other fasteners. He wasn’t happy with the two main packages for his industry, from Activant Solutions and Microsoft (neither of which he was using, nor wanted to use.)

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