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Challenges of the Future: The Rebirth of Small Independent Retail in America
By any measure, retailers are overwhelming small businesses. More than 95 percent of all retailers have only one store. Almost 90 percent have sales less than

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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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Engineer-to-Order (ETO ERP)

The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today’s leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, and human resources). Many systems include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, solutions that were formerly considered peripheral such as product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), and reporting. During the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers' IT technology with their business strategies, and subsequent software selection. 

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Manufacturing Outsourcing: 7 Common Pitfalls to Avoid


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Michigan State Giving Students a Desire2Learn


Desire2Learn announced that Michigan State University (MSU) has signed a multi-year contract to use the Desire2Learn Learning Suite for the school's nearly 48,000 students. MSU selected Desire2Learn over its current provider, Blackboard, after a review of several solutions, including open-source Moodle, Blackboard, and Desire2Learn. According to the MSU Web site, “The Michigan State decision was

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PROMYS PSA includes modules for - CRM, opportunities, and quoting; - order fulfillment, purchasing, inventory, and invoicing; - project management, project assignments, time sheets and expenses; - service management, help desk, and support contracts; and - customer and subcontractor self-service portals. PROMYS service management functionality helps answer questions such as: - Why aren’t my field resources more billable? - Which active projects are in trouble against their cost budget? - Are my service contracts profitable? - Have I billed for everything and accounted for all costs? - Are we maximizing revenue and margin on all sales opportunities? PROMYS provides functionality for - help desk trouble tickets, color coding, and escalations; - resource calendar visibility into all resources and current availability; - automatic work order notifications and integration with Outlook calendars; - customer self-service portal, - resource forecasting by specific skill set and certifications; - tracking for service contacts, service levels, customer serial numbers, and third-party service agreements; and - tracking for labor utilization to reduce un-billable hours. As part of the PROMYS enterprise business software suite, the PROMYS CRM module links seamlessly with the order fulfillment, project management, service management, and help desk modules to track customer quotes, projects, assets, change orders, return material authorizations (RMAs), and returns affecting equipment under service contract. PROMYS also keeps track of block time accrual accounts, invoicing, and service contract renewal. More than effective PSA software, PROMYS provides the Web-based PSA functionality service organizations need to forecast resources effectively, deliver projects on time and on budget, respond quickly to customer service issues, and maximize service contract profitability.    

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Effective Food-service Trade-spending and Contract Management


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