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A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 1
Throughout the late 1990s and the mid-2000s, Manhattan Associates was the epitome of a well-managed supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms

p part 1  Good SCM Players - Part 1 Throughout the late 1990s and the mid-2000s,  Manhattan Associates  was the epitome of a well-managed  supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Simply stated, the company set the industry standard for the supply chain execution (SCE) space and was the envy of its competitors.  The Long Trail of Excellence The company was founded in 1990 in Manhattan Beach, California, United States

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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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