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These Are the Times of CRM Vindication and Validation - Part 1
Some previous TEC blog posts have discussed the benefits (but also the inevitable caveats) of white papers, including the all-too-common vendors’ self

fire pond  and spend aggressively to fire up the growth engine. But as soon as revenues begin to dwindle during challenging times, many companies respond by aggressively cutting staff and budgets, particularly those in the IT department. The conventional wisdom is that in the face of an  economic downturn , rationalization, consolidation, cost-cutting, hiring freezes, etc. become the name of the game. Everyone tends to spend less on IT and only invest in those technologies that enable the organization to meet its

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The Five Sure-fire Strategies for Gaining Management Approval for WMS Projects


Despite the consensus that warehouse management systems (WMS) offer many benefits, getting approval for a new system is challenging. You need to get key decision makers in operations, IT, and finance—as well as the executive team and the board of directors—to see value in the proposed WMS. But how can you improve your chances of getting management approval? Discover five strategies for information-gathering and approval.

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Intentia's Movex for Food and Beverage: Gaining a Foothold in North America Part Two: SCM and Other Functions


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Data Center Projects: Project Management


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fire pond  on Peerless Pump for fire protection including the Taipei 101 in Taiwan (currently the tallest at 1,667 feet), the Sears Tower in Chicago and the Empire State Building in New York City. In addition to fire protection, its pumps serve many other industries including agriculture, process manufacturing, and the massive pumps that transport safe drinking water to our cities, to name a few. By increasing forecast accuracy through the use of Demand Solutions, the company has nearly doubled its sales over the Read More

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