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USWEB Weaves Great Quarter, turns up the heat in the Market Place
USWEB/CKS has announced it fourth quarter results. Its performance is on the money, and continues to drive forward as it goes through expansion by mergers and

epad ink  Weaves Great Quarter, turns up the heat in the Market Place USWEB Weaves Great Quarter, turns up the heat in the Market Place D. Geller - February 4th, 2000 Event Summary USWEB/CKS (NASDAQ USWB) announced its fourth quarter results for 1999 on January 25, 2000. The results show strong growth and closely predicted performance, including a clear net profit. As well, USWEB/CKS reports changes in the market place that place it in a position of strength as the market moves from the mid- toward high-end.

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Japanese Decision-making Processes Can Influence Enterprise Content Management Functionality


Traditional Japanese Decision-making, or Ringi The decision-making process in North American companies operates within a centralized system, and generally takes a top-down approach. In Japanese companies, however, the approach to making decisions is the opposite: it is bottom-up. This traditional and formal decision-making process, which is even now employed in Japanese governmental offices as

epad ink  Decision-making Processes Can Influence Enterprise Content Management Functionality Traditional Japanese Decision-making, or Ringi The decision-making process in North American companies operates within a centralized system, and generally takes a top-down approach. In Japanese companies, however, the approach to making decisions is the opposite: it is bottom-up. This traditional and formal decision-making process, which is even now employed in Japanese governmental offices as well as companies, is Read More

Reducing Costs with Efficient Operations: A Fast Track to More Working Capital


Untamed costs can deplete the precious working capital that’s critical to your ongoing operations. But, you can get a handle on costs by taking steps to improve operational efficiency. By instituting efficient automated processes, you can reduce waste, unnecessary overtime, and many other cost factors. Find out how an integrated business system can help you improve gross margins while offering more competitive prices.

epad ink  Costs with Efficient Operations: A Fast Track to More Working Capital Reducing Costs with Efficient Operations: A Fast Track to More Working Capital If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Founded in 1972, SAP has a rich history of innovation and growth as a true industry leader. SAP currently has sales and development locations in more than 50 countries worldwide and is listed on several exchanges, including the Read More

New Chapters in the Evolutionary Journal


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epad ink  Chapters in the Evolutionary Journal Introduction The evolution of man has been supported by innovation and discovery. The invention of the wheel created a mobility that expanded regional boundaries. Water borne transportation opened unexplored horizons, enabling global discovery. Paper and ink enabled the sharing of information, although initially this was only available to the privileged few. The first true revolutionary technology, the printing press, unleashed a new age of discovery. The written Read More

Expect Boom in Electronic Signatures


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epad ink  Our new signature pad, ePad, has generated substantial industry excitement and shows great promise for the E-Commerce market. Many security experts will still prefer PKI solutions over electronic signatures. Since electronic signatures are bit and byte representatives of personal signatures, their incorporation in .jpegs, .bmps, or .gifs are subject to unscrupulous manipulation. Though we expect this not to slow down the market, electronic signatures that transverse public networks will be subject to Read More

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Is Baan Clinically Dead?


On January 4, 2000 Baan, Europe's No. 2 business software company, sank deeper into trouble as its CEO resigned and it forecast a fourth quarter loss of $240 million to $250 million after restructuring. Its shares plunged over 30 percent as analysts cut recommendations on the loss-making vendor, which has yet to name a replacement for Mary Coleman, who is returning to her Silicon Valley home after taking charge only last May.

epad ink  Baan Clinically Dead? Event Summary On January 4, 2000 Baan, Europe's No. 2 business software company, sank deeper into trouble as its CEO resigned and it forecast a fourth quarter loss of $240 million to $250 million after restructuring. Its shares plunged over 30 percent as analysts cut recommendations on the loss-making vendor, which has yet to name a replacement for Mary Coleman, who is returning to her Silicon Valley home after taking charge only last May. Baan had reported a fifth consecutive Read More

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“Whistler” Beta on the Web?


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