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Collaborative Commerce: ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: IFS - Part 2 of 2
IFS needs to bolster its brand awareness, and let the world know that they are, in fact, a real contender in the Collaborative Commerce space. Once companies

c part 2  two-part article on Collaborative Commerce and IFS. See Part One for details on IFS and its products.

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