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IBM Acquires Cognea as Watson’s Mouthpiece
IBM has acquired Cognea, an Australian startup that develops virtual assistant software that interacts with users via artificial intelligence (AI)–based

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The Small Business Software (SBS) evaluation model targets the functional requirements necessary to support a typical small business. If your organization doesn't have many sites to operate, seeks a solid base of ERP functionality, but doesn't need the biggest systems on the market, this model is a good starting place. Extending beyond accounting functions, it includes general ledger, accounts payable (A/P) and accounts receivable (A/R), payroll, job and project costing, multinational accounting, light manufacturing, inventory, technology, and more.  

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