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Case Study: Miller Welding
To survive in today’s global economy, meet customer demands, and solve its growing inventory control problems, family-run business Miller Welding and Machine

form i 134  education programs in the form of on-site consulting, webinars, and conferences. I've been to their annual user's conference twice, and each time I've learned something new and useful about the software and the upgrades. The conference and the consistent improvements and additions to the Global Shop system exhibit the progressive nature of the company, and that fits with our business philosophy, Miller states. Ultimately, it is Global Shop's philosophy that is at the heart of their relationship with

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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form i 134  System Is Trying to Communicate With Me! What Do I Do? What you should not do is ignore whatever you see on the screen. If you don’t trust computers, remember that they were created and programmed by humans like you. And if something pops up while you’re working, it’s either because you are about to do something important that needs validation, or because the system encountered an error. There are two major types of messages that you can get: warning messages and error messages. Let’s take a Read More

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form i 134  In fact, although the former owners of some of the acquired vendors might be gone today (some were not even that interested in running the business before the acquisition and wanted an exit strategy), it is not really the case with critical product managers or developers. I recently met with AXIS and Cimnet (parts of Consona) and have vicariously learned that the staff at both places have been with the company an average of 16 years, plus, the founder of Cimnet is still there, now as a managing director Read More

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form i 134  hardware, software, or services, Information Technology companies need to exercise due diligence when it comes to security. Essentially, the Netpliance is what Scott McNealy and Larry Ellison were touting as the NC or Network Computer four years ago. Unfortunately, four years ago their vision was ahead of their market, and their development efforts. Today, the time is right, and real NCs are emerging in both the consumer and enterprise market segments. The Netpliance leads the consumer market as a Read More

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