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They do it like that in the Balkans -- Select and deploy ERP, I mean (Part I)
The launch of TEC’s blog has somewhat coincided with my visit to Belgrade, Serbia (what used to be Yugoslavia and then Serbia @ Montenegro) for personal reasons

i part 7  solid multi-national capabilities. But I digress again, and Apollo will get an in-depth coverage in a separate blog post or in a research article on our web site/newsletter... Going back to the era of late 80’s & early 90’s, Oracle was the main provider of underlying relational database management systems (RDBMS) and development tools, whereas IBM DB2 also played a part (albeit to a much lesser degree). Much later, software developers started using Microsoft SQL Server and related cheaper integrated

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