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The (NA)Vision of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 - Part 1
The first week of February 2009 was marked by two notable product launches, from vendors touting their respective simplified, more flexible, and intuitive

c part 27  (NA)Vision of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 - Part 1 The first week of February 2009 was marked by two notable product launches, from vendors touting their respective simplified, more flexible, and intuitive products as exactly what the doctor ordered for the current economic malaise. While the unveiling of SAP Business Suite 7 has caused a flurry of media articles and blog posts like the ones from Ray Wang and Brian Sommer  (and one of mine might still come down the track when all the dust settles),

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