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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Assessing the Drivers of Sales Performance
Outmoded measures are being used to develop marketing strategies and allocate resources. Existing go to market models often fail to consider the customer's

drivers issues  process innovation. Understanding process drivers is not just possible for the giants of industry. Today, tools make this within the reach of virtually any sized organization. The only requisite is the commitment and leadership to make it happen. The Go To Market Process Although sales activities require a certain amount of individualism and entrepreneurial spirit, sales is a team sport. The most successful sales people recognize that their success depends on their ability to make things happen within

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Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Supply chain management (SCM) solutions include applications for managing supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and customer business processes. Addressing demand management, warehouse management, international trade logistics, transportation execution, and many other issues for a complete solution, this knowledge base will support your evaluation of an SCM suite. 

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State of the Market: Lean and Green


Today’s need for sustainable development (economic, social, and environmental) is increasingly affecting how organizations do business. But the areas of environmental and corporate responsibility are still relatively new to businesses as concepts that drive value. And even though these concepts are rapidly growing in importance, many organizations are still in the early phases of adopting an approach that provides measured results.

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