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SAP - A Leader Under Reconstruction
SAP is responding to the changing Internet marketplace by restructuring to develop flexibility and forming key partnerships and alliances to put content behind

introductions to service access point sap  fully functional new product introductions and to reduction of product complexity and implementation price (continue the delivery of the revised GUI and CRM initiatives), by at least maintain R&D budget from 1999. SAP should also carefully reevaluate its mySAP.com product migration strategy from current R/3 instances, in order not to alienate and disillusion its loyal customer base. mySAP.com has allegedly met resistance because SAP's licensing model requires that existing customers re-license its R/3

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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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