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E-Commerce Lesson: Success Gets a Yawn, Failure Takes a Beating
ERP giant SAP Aktiengesellschaft announced full details of its Internet strategy. Consumer electronics giant Best Buy announced 2Q earnings rise of 34 percent

building a wiring closet  Commerce Lesson: Success Gets a Yawn, Failure Takes a Beating Event Summary With the Internet quickly shaping up as the major battleground in the ERP arena, SAP's formal announcement might have been earthshaking. It takes an early lead among the ERP vendors and positions itself to meet growing challenges from such software component manufacturers as Ariba, Commerce One and Concur. However, neither the stock market nor news analysts seemed to care very much. Almost simultaneously, Best Buy announced

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