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best companys using cognos  recruiting partners can be best seen via a recent slew of press releases in that regard on its corporate Web site. Deltek is also keen on expanding relationships with complementary technology partners such as Microsoft , Primavera , IBM/Cognos , Oracle/BEA Systems , Actuate Corporation , etc. Last but not least, the vendor is implementing new partner programs to support domestic and international partners. What should help in that regard is the recent appointment of Taylor Macdonald as Vice President

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Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)

A warehouse management system (WMS) should provide database and user-level tools in order for a company to optimize its storage facilities while at the same time providing user level task direction and activity support. The WMS should enable warehouse operators to optimize pick, put-away, and replenishment functions by employing powerful system logic to select the best locations and sequences. 

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