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The Exacting Needs of Metal Service Centers
General enterprise resource planning (ERP) providers that are viable companies with a solid product, typically do not meet the dimensional inventory, chemical

bill of quantity 1  without requiring a new bill of material (BOM) or routing for each new customer configuration. Consequently, having historical cost and pricing data available for instant retrieval during the quoting and order entry process is critical to servicing customers over the telephone. Often, a faster data capturing green-screen user interface (UI) is preferable to a snazzy , time consuming, and memory intensive rich graphical user interfaces (GUI). As a matter of fact, BOMs are often not required for

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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ERP for Services (Non-manufacturing)

Typically, ERP systems designed for services industries offer modules that provide back-office support, customer relationship management, time management, expense management, resource management, and project management capabilities. Depending on the vertical market, additional industry-specific functionality may be included to address unique business requirements. Consequently, project-centric systems for accounting, architecture, construction, engineering, and professional services industries will support project management functionality; whereas health care, field service, distribution, and government systems will support functionality unique to those vertical markets. 

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