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Microsoft Axapta: Design Factors Shape System Usage Part Two: Distribution Environments
If you are implementing or considering Microsoft Axapta as your ERP system, or providing Axapta-related services, this note provides an overall understanding of

inter action  Purchase orders can reflect inter-company purchases and project-specific purchases, and purchases from one-time vendors. Several variations apply to purchase order line items in distribution environments. Purchase of stocked material Purchased item reflecting a special order or drop shipment, with the purchase order line item linked to the sales order line item Project-specific line items being purchased for a project, where the system automatically issues the received material to the project after

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PPM for Internal Departments

A business practice that assists organizations to align their portfolio of projects with their business strategy. Typically IT departments employ an IT governance framework to ensure that their PPM strategy is put into action. With the increasing demand of IT departments to justify their project investments, PPM software has risen in popularity as the tool of choice. It allows both executives and IT decision makers to gain insight into their IT portfolios. PPM software allows IT managers to prioritize projects, allocate resources where needed, and gain financial insight into their portfolio investments. 

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