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Facing A Selection? Try A Knowledge-Based Matchmaker Part 2: A Timesaving Solution
Since a 'one-size-fits-all' product is still not quite a viable possibility, almost every product can win provided a certain set of requirements. The Catch 22

a part 22  Part 2 - Presents a Solution Part 3 - Presents examples of applying the Solution Part 4 - Makes User Recommendations From Words To Action Given that a figure is worth thousands of words and that numbers are more irrefutable than postulates, it is a time to illustrate the discussion in Part 1 with a concrete example. Depending of which hat you wish to wear (or are already wearing), you may put yourself in a perspective of a prospective customer, vendor or consultant. Epicor , QAD and Ramco Systems are

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