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PROACTIS: The Best-kept Secret in Indirect Spend Management? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced PROACTIS, a UK- and US-based specialist vendor of spend control and e-procurement solutions with accredited partners

p part 2  Indirect Spend Management? - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series introduced PROACTIS , a UK- and US-based specialist vendor of spend control and  e-procurement  solutions with accredited partners worldwide.  I had the chance to meet the company during my attendance of UNIT4 ’s UK user event in early 2010, where PROACTIS was an exhibiting partner. The article then expanded on the company’s history, its  procure-to-pay  product offering, customers, and partners. Part 2 will analyze recent events,

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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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p part 2  We Really Need? - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series introduced the concept of (Rapid) Response Management in the realm of  supply chain management (SCM)  via a software category pioneer, Kinaxis . The currently bullish Kinaxis has a number of customers that are SAP ERP customers too, and for a long time SAP was at first dismissive (or at least ambivalent) regarding the need for Response Management, as the company had its own well-known SAP Advanced Planner and Optimizer (SAP APO) product. In addition, Read More

Pricing Management in a Down Economy -- Part 2


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