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Autodesk to Bring Microsoft Business Solutions Closer to PLM
While the recent joining of complementary forces by Microsoft Business Solutions and Autodesk will make many heads turn, a lot more detail and clarifications

comparison visual cadd design cad designcad  cycle. For a detailed comparison of the ERP and PLM markets and their respective scope, see The Different Evolutionary Stages of ERP and PLM . Although much of the effort spent in PLM typically comes at the earlier stages (i.e., product design and rollout), PLM expands traditional engineering applications with business processes that stretch further into the enterprise and even further into the value chain. The multi-departmental, multi-company nature of PLM is changing the way that engineering-related

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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ERP for Manufacturing (SMB)

TEC's new ERP for Manufacturing (SMB) evaluation model targets the software requirements of small and medium enterprises. If your organization doesn't have many sites to operate, seeks a solid base of ERP functionality, but doesn't want every possible feature of the biggest systems on the market, this model is a good starting place for your research. It covers fully featured accounting solutions with necessary manufacturing, inventory, human resources, purchasing, quality, and sales management functionality. 

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