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Facing A Selection? Try A Knowledge-Based Matchmaker Part 3: Comparing Three ERP Vendors
This part illustrates how selecting the right ERP product depends on each client's requirements. Epicor, QAD, and Ramco Systems' rank can change with different

a part 8  Part 2 - Presents a Solution Part 3 - Presents examples of applying the Solution Part 4 - Makes User Recommendations Epicor An appropriate client for Epicor would have the following priorities: Figure 1: The rank and weighted average of the vendors given these priorities is as follows: Figure 2: Rank Vendor Weighted average 1 Epicor   79.70 2 Ramco Systems   77.92 3 QAD  67.46 Note the differences the priorities between Figure 5 in Part 2 and Figure 1 (above) and the impact that has on the results

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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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