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The 11th Vendor Shootout for ERP: Observations - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of the 11th Vendor ShootoutTM for ERP event, which took place in Boston in mid-August 2011. I was able to

c part 20  upgrade). Initially written in C and C++, more and more of the new code is in Java. An Abundance of Free abas ERP “Goodies” One apparent differentiation is abas’ proprietary object-oriented (OO) database that is self-contained and requires no database administrator (DBA) per se. At the Shootout, abas-USA president (and co-owner) Alan Salton showed how end-users can edit table fields in a casual manner with no need for  structured query language (SQL)  programming,  stored procedures , etc. Of all

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Software Test Tools

Tools exist to support software testing at all stages of a project. Some vendors offer an integrated suite that will support testing and development throughout a project's life, from gathering requirements to supporting the live system. Some vendors concentrate on a single part of that life cycle. The software test tools knowledge base provides functional criteria you might expect from a testing tool, the infrastructure that supports the tool, and an idea of the market position of the vendor.  

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