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A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog post series followed the genesis of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan

a part 4  (WMS)  workhorse has been a solid part of RedPrairie’s revenue stream. The  acquired retail store systems mentioned in Part 2  have sold relatively well independently, although even this business has somewhat slowed during the ongoing recession. The total customer count for RedPrairie's retail products is around 100, with a total of about 30,000 sites. The install base for the  build-to-order (BTO)  manufacturing suite is smaller, with about 30 customers. RedPrairie has cross-sold the retail

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Software Test Tools

Tools exist to support software testing at all stages of a project. Some vendors offer an integrated suite that will support testing and development throughout a project's life, from gathering requirements to supporting the live system. Some vendors concentrate on a single part of that life cycle. The software test tools knowledge base provides functional criteria you might expect from a testing tool, the infrastructure that supports the tool, and an idea of the market position of the vendor.  

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