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Analysis and reporting services are an important part of the enterprise resource planning process. Microsoft Dynamics NAV has been designed to give users

define analytical tools  Dynamics NAV users to define and create cubes in SQL Server 2000 Analysis Services, and Advanced, which add a comprehensive frontend to Business Analytics. It is also important to keep in mind that Basic is a prerequisite for using Advanced since this requires access to cubes built through the Basic functionality. Business Analytics Basic In the Basic setup, you can create cubes in Analysis Services based on data coming from Microsoft Dynamics NAV. For example, you can create a cube based on Vendor

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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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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