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Deltek's Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part I)
In the last decade or so of covering the enterprise applications market, I've witnessed so many products and vendors disappearing and reappearing under a

i part 9  repositioning time in 2003.  I think the apex was when Deltek's then enlightened marketing engine churned out such cheeky gems as challenging the likes of the Big 3 ERP leaders at the time, by taking the entire back page of the June 6, 2003 Wall Street Journal business section with a signed “come to us” letter authored by Ken deLaski, the former Deltek CEO and President. The Part II of this topic will thus analyze the recent times at Deltek and whether the company has lately evolved and separated

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