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The ERP Market 2001 And Beyond - Part 2: Vendor Reactions


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pdms 2 peabody  ERP Market 2001 And Beyond - Part 2: Vendor Reactions The ERP Market 2001 And Beyond Part 2: Vendor Reactions P.J. Jakovljevic - October 5, 2001 Executive Summary  Enterprise resource planning (ERP) integrated software solutions have become synonymous with competitiveness, particularly throughout the 1990's. ERP systems replace islands of information with a single, packaged software solution that integrates all traditional enterprise management functions (transactions) like financials, human Read More

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pdms 2 peabody  The (Largely) Untold Story - Part 2 Part 1 of this series  started with my invitation by  UNIT4 (formerly Unit 4 Agresso ), the second-largest business applications provider in continental Europe , to attend its  UK 2010 user conference . Frankly, I was a bit skeptical about what new and exciting I might see and hear about at this event in light of the vendor’s analyst tour in Boston in late 2009. My post then talked about another important development that preceded both the UK user conference Read More

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