Have You Been Ignoring Service-oriented Architecture (SOA) … and Is It Time to Stop?

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software can facilitate business improvements. But it can also create new challenges, including obsolete technology, lack of flexibility, and high support costs, to name a few. There’s a way to keep your current ERP system while extending its capabilities to remote manufacturing sites, service centers, and supply chain partners: a service-oriented architecture (SOA) approach. Learn more.

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Selecting ERP for Oil and Gas Industry Contractors and Vendors

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