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Do You Want Your Apps to Talk Back to You (as a Chatterbox)? - Part 1
Let me start this blog series with one disclaimer: I am not an early adopter and I do not easily fall for any vendor’s slick marketing. At a recent large

apps talk to you  You Want Your Apps to Talk Back to You (as a Chatterbox)? - Part 1 Let me start this blog series with one disclaimer: I am not an  early adopter  and I do not easily fall for any vendor’s slick marketing. At a recent large user conference, a vendor’s staffer asked me why I wasn’t already using  an iPad tablet computer . That question cracked me up, since I still use an  Apple ’s discontinued iBook  notebook  (besides the fact that I might only start using the latest  tablet  bestseller

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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CMMS - EAM Software Evaluation Report

The EAM Software Evaluation Report is geared toward groups that need to analyze requirements for a system, which supports maintenance management tasks. Asset management systems typically enable planning, controlling, and monitoring of physical asset events. This Software Evaluation Report includes criteria for comparing general computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) functionality, fleet maintenance, workflow, reporting, and other areas that touch upon asset management practices. 

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