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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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The Lexicon of CRM - Part 1: From A to I
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part one of three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for most

different a letters  disparate applications running on different databases. CRM packages are trying to avoid external EAI requirements by building in and automating the links between their application components and data. E-Business - An umbrella term for a total presence on the Web including the E-Commerce component. E-Commerce - Sales and Service via the Internet. E-CRM - Another vague term, but understood here at TEC to mean, any Sales, Marketing, or Service functionality that is automated electronically, typically via

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

Radio frequency identification (RFID) criteria cover tags and storage devices, readers, wireless hubs and servers, and the middleware necessary for evaluating an RFID system deployment. RFID systems are used in different situations that require the tracking of unique items. RFID tags, in the context of enterprise resource planning and supply chain management, make items visible from manufacturing through distribution. RFID tags may be used to carry basic information such as an address, to more complex information used at different stages of an assembly line.  

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