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SAP’s SME Product Marketing Team Tells All (or Most of it, at least)
The recently held SAPPHIRE NOW 2011 event in Orlando, Florida had many newsworthy items with regards to SAP’s solutions for small and medium enterprises

address outdated product lines  choose to re-cast and address the question from a few perspectives: In terms of Volume: SAP Business One In terms of Revenue: SAP Business All-in-One In terms of SaaS deployments: SAP Business ByDesign continues to improve and strengthen its position and market footprint Clearly, as products mature and the market shifts, we continually track the behavior and adjust our marketing and sales objectives. PJ : Who is the bigger threat in the SME space: Oracle Accelerate or incumbent mid-market vendors (

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Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

Radio frequency identification (RFID) criteria cover tags and storage devices, readers, wireless hubs and servers, and the middleware necessary for evaluating an RFID system deployment. RFID systems are used in different situations that require the tracking of unique items. RFID tags, in the context of enterprise resource planning and supply chain management, make items visible from manufacturing through distribution. RFID tags may be used to carry basic information such as an address, to more complex information used at different stages of an assembly line.  

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address outdated product lines  and service offerings. To address these issues, BigMachines recently released  its Renewals solution within the BigMachines 9 platform  to streamline quoting of annuities, support contracts, and more. Users can select service contracts to renew directly from Salesforce.com CRM or  enterprise resource planning (ERP)  system databases. Product line items covered under those contracts are automatically pulled into BigMachines 9. One can then extend the contracts’ service start and end dates by quote Read More

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