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Confessions of a Techno Junkie
Ideas on how to survive the avalanche of technology, avoid the lure of its pitfalls, and succeed with it as the enabler to true process innovation.

example of a trip report  phone represents the best example of this. No mere phone, I can take pictures and instantly e-mail them, manage e-mail, peruse the Internet, send text messages, and use it anywhere in the world, except of course, in my home in Texas which is officially located in a no coverage zone ! Figure 2: When do you buy technology? Technology as a business antidote Now that I've made light of my personal experiences as a technology consumer, let's leap to the arena of corporate technology acquisition and discuss

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CMMS - EAM Software Evaluation Report

The EAM Software Evaluation Report is geared toward groups that need to analyze requirements for a system, which supports maintenance management tasks. Asset management systems typically enable planning, controlling, and monitoring of physical asset events. This Software Evaluation Report includes criteria for comparing general computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) functionality, fleet maintenance, workflow, reporting, and other areas that touch upon asset management practices. 

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