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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Your ERP System is Up and Running-Now What?
Congratulations! In your role as middle market CEO, COO, CFO, or CIO you fought the good fight and sponsored your company's ERP project. First you survived

drill up  step: run a fire drill at least monthly to ensure that you really can restore whenever you need to. Have more than one person trained and available to restore your system from the backup medium. It's axiomatic that the only time you actually need to restore is when your system administrator goes to Aruba, Barbados, and/or Curacao. Elementary, you say? All of this is just good network management, and it's needed with or without an ERP system. True enough. But your end users may not understand why your

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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 the Oil and Gas Industry (Upstream)

The model of ERP systems for the upstream oil and gas sector addresses the particularly specialized business model of this industry. It is common practice for companies, individuals, and government agencies to form partnerships to explore, develop, and share production of oil wells. More often than not, this is a short-term alliance rather than a long-term partnership, and business structuring must therefore be flexible at initial set-up and throughout the lifespan of the venture. This model of ERP systems includes criteria for financials, human resources, production data capture and reporting, maintenance management, and supply chain management (SCM) functionality. 

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