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The Best-of-class Financial Systems Strategy: An Alternative to ERP Platforms

Source: UNIT4
This white paper features insight about the issues facing companies that need an adaptable financial system but not necessarily a full-blown enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. Also featured in this white paper: suggestions for identifying financial system functionality that will support your organization’s changing processes, and a descriptive checklist for soliciting such information.



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