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A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog post series followed the progress of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan

b part 2  architecture (SOA ) principles, BPP works with them all. Moreover, RedPrairie’s offering handles  reverse logistics  as part of its standard WMS, including repair, repackaging, redistribution, and disposal. The vendor just doesn’t market it as a separate capability or module. Manhattan also handle returns in its base WMS, but Manhattan's reverse logistics management (RLM) product is not about returns in the warehouse. Instead it is about managing the entire process, starting with the point of

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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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B Labs


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