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A Definition of Data Warehousing
There is a great deal of confusion over the meaning of data warehousing. Simply defined, a data warehouse is a place for data, whereas data warehousing

definition by example  Definition of Data Warehousing Biographical Information Bill Inmon Bill Inmon is universally recognized as the father of the data warehouse. He has over 26 years of database technology management experience and data warehouse design expertise, and has published 36 books and more than 350 articles in major computer journals. His books have been translated into nine languages. He is known globally for his seminars on developing data warehouses and has been a keynote speaker for every major computing

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Discrete Manufacturing (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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The Role of Sales Training Requirements Definition and Requests for Proposals in the Success of Technology Companies


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Bold Retail Industry Predictions for 2014 by Revel Systems


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Eclipse, a real-time software solution, fully automates all facets of a hard goods distributor’s single- or multi-branch operation. Eclipse lets users automate their counter, showroom and inside sales, inventory management and forecasting, purchasing, accounting, warehousing, order fulfillment, transportation, credit, pricing, and branch management functions. Eclipse’s software architecture, built on a relational database, runs on Windows NT, Linux, and Unix platforms. Eclipse includes the following tools and technologies: real-time, time-lined accounting; transaction-based architecture; task automation; search engine; end-to-end module integration; platform interoperability; flexible data management; and security and high availability.  

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