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Going Lean Step By Step with IFS Applications
In the relentless pursuit of profitability and competitiveness, more and more companies are turning to lean manufacturing to reduce or eliminate waste in their

step ap203  Lean Step By Step with IFS Applications In the relentless pursuit of profitability and competitiveness, more and more companies are turning to lean manufacturing to reduce or eliminate waste in their production processes. Once confined to the automotive industry, lean principles are becoming standard operating procedure in many industries today. The reason is simple: When implemented with a good performance management system, lean principles have a proven track record of operational and strategic

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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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step ap203  First Step in mySAP.com Event Summary On December 14th, at the eBusiness Conference & Expo in New York, SAP AG (NYSE ADR: SAP) announced over 5,000 users in North America have embraced Application Hosting with mySAP.com since January 1999. Application Hosting with mySAP.com enables small to medium-sized businesses to use business software over the Internet. By using Application Hosting with mySAP.com, customers can implement their inter-enterprise solution by using preconfigured applications known as Read More

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