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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.
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Service-oriented Architecture-Savior or Nemesis?
Managed well, service-oriented architecture (SOA) offers a tremendous opportunity to make positive changes and lay a foundation that will allow IT to become

learn free architecture  experiment, build skills, and learn from mistakes. Don’t publicize this effort; treat it as a “Skunk Works” if you can, but make sure that key members of your team are involved and are learning. At the same time, start educating your business clients about the benefits and realities of SOA. Use the hype to your advantage, but control it and leverage it on your own terms. Perhaps you might hold a workshop, or a series of workshops, targeted at IT staff and at key business stakeholders. Use these

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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ERP for Services (Non-manufacturing)

Typically, ERP systems designed for services industries offer modules that provide back-office support, customer relationship management, time management, expense management, resource management, and project management capabilities. Depending on the vertical market, additional industry-specific functionality may be included to address unique business requirements. Consequently, project-centric systems for accounting, architecture, construction, engineering, and professional services industries will support project management functionality; whereas health care, field service, distribution, and government systems will support functionality unique to those vertical markets. 

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