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Great Plains’ Latest Product Offering &; Ready to Stampede the SME Market?
Great Plains announced during its Stampede 2000 annual partner meeting significant extensions to its product offering. The following is our view of Great Plains

frx slogan  its prudent acquisition of FRx Software, a leader in the financial reporting market, and PWA, a UK-based provider of HR software, although less publicized, have both filled gaps in Great Plains' former product offering and have provided additional revenue streams. Nevertheless, we believe that the company will now need to take time to digest all of these acquisitions. Functionality Developed Internally One should, however, not overlook the company's effort to develop significant new functionality

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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