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ERP for Manufacturing (SMB) Software Evaluation Report

TEC's new ERP for Manufacturing (SMB) evaluation model targets the software requirements of small and medium enterprises. If your organization doesn't have many sites to operate, seeks a solid base of ERP functionality, but doesn't want every possible feature of the biggest systems on the market, this model is a good starting place for your research. It covers fully featured accounting solutions with necessary manufacturing, inventory, human resources, purchasing, quality, and sales management functionality. 

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Overcoming the Barriers of Stand-alone Business Applications


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Calculating ROI for Business Intelligence Solutions in Small and Midsized Businesses


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