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Deltek's Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part II)
Well, a few months after Part I of this blog post was published, which focused on Deltek's pre-New Mountain Capital private equity investment era, the time has

c part 7  up-sell opportunities to current customers. Part III of this blog post will wrap up Deltek's opportunities, which in great part stem from the latest developments to its traditional breadwinning products, and also analyze some still outstanding challenges for the upbeat vendor. Your comments, opinions, suggestions, etc. are welcome in the meantime.

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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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