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Epicor Claims The Forefront Of CRM.NET-ification Part 1
By harnessing .NET possibly more zealously than its creator Microsoft’s Great Plains and Navision enterprise counterparts, and while difficult market conditions

L Part 1  Claims The Forefront Of CRM.NET-ification Part 1 Epicor Epicor Claims The Forefront Of CRM.NET-ification P.J. Jakovljevic & L. Talarico - June 11, 2002 Event Summary On May 21, Epicor Software Corporation (NASDAQ: EPIC), one of leading providers of integrated enterprise and e-Business and collaborative commerce software solutions solely for the mid-market, announced Clientele Customer Support 8.0 , the first application of the Clientele CRM.NET Suite that is completely built on the architecture of

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