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Where Is ERP Headed (Or Better, Where Should It Be Headed)? Part 3: E-Business and Mid-Market Shakeout
This note discusses how ERP-driven e-business will have to extend well beyond providing business partners self-service portlets. It will have to allow trading

great plains prices  of Fourth Shift , Great Plains acquisition of Solomon Software , and the merger of Navision Software and Damgaard , is very likely. We also expect companies with related software products to move into the ERP space through acquisition like Invensys , Plc ., a UK plant automation manufacturer with its acquisition of Marcam Solutions and Baan, as well as Microsoft 's very recent acquisition of Great Plains . Intensified M&A activity also stems from the fact that while the concept of best-of-breed will not

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Merchandising Systems

Merchandising systems are the enterprise back and front-office software solutions upon which the majority of retailers rely to manage and support their daily tasks. These systems typically record product performance, which allows buyers to purchase merchandise according to that information and to make accurate merchandise decisions. Moreover, retail systems have capabilities for tracking inventory, capturing sales data, and managing retail prices. 

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