New York--PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.P. and enterprise management software company Frontstep Inc. have entered a deal to provide supply chain platforms and related consulting to midsize distributors and manufacturers. Columbus, Ohio-based Frontstep will develop its Frontstep Supply Chain Center, a real-time trading and inventory platform, for clients; PWC will offer consulting and implementation help. The deal is a boon for Frontstep, which will have de facto marketing access to PWC's consultants, who work in 150 countries. The deal also demonstrates PWC's increasing focus on smaller technology clients amid the market slowdown.