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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Supply chain management (SCM) solutions include applications for managing supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and customer business processes. Addressing demand management, warehouse management, international trade logistics, transportation execution, and many other issues for a complete solution, this knowledge base will support your evaluation of an SCM suite. 

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The Future for an E-sourcing Solutions Builder


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the solution builder  Apparel Retailers'' Conundrum . The solution will thereby monitor the progress of a product, and assure quality throughout the process, starting with the design concept, the product brief, the technical package, the request for quote (RFQ), the order, and all phases of testing, right through to delivery. Such tools can speed up the product design phase, while making the manufacturing and testing phases up to 30 percent more efficient, which can shave significant length off the supply cycle time. The tools Read More

The Technology Choices


In the battle between Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) and the UK-based the Sage Group for the small-to-medium enterprise (SME) market segment, technology choices will be a major factor.

the solution builder  Uncontested UI Supremacy In the battle between Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) and the UK-based the Sage Group plc (LSE: SGE.L) for the small-to-medium enterprise (SME) market segment, technology choices will be a major factor. The previous parts of this note detailed the strategies of these two major vendors and analyzed how the market would respond. But, going a mile further, there are some important areas where the synergy and a bridge between MBS and the rest of the classic Microsoft world could Read More

The Compelling Capabilities of One Compensation Management Vendor's Solution


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How Are the Market Leaders Navigating the World of Value-added Resellers?


Notwithstanding moves from major vendors and value-added resellers, addressing the needs of small and medium businesses requires significant changes within traditional business models. And although some of these changes can be trying, some seem to have the formula for success.

the solution builder  Microsoft is reportedly using the Microsoft Solution Finder directory to identify solution areas and industries where there are opportunities for existing partners and where targeted partner recruitment is needed. In addition, the profiles are being leveraged to connect partners to other partners. In the final part of this series, we''ll look at other solutions in the ever-changing world of VARs. Read More

Salesforce.com Launches AppExchange Store Builder


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The Linux Box


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Collaboration: The New Standard in the Supply Chain


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