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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Challenges of the Future: The Rebirth of Small Independent Retail in America
By any measure, retailers are overwhelming small businesses. More than 95 percent of all retailers have only one store. Almost 90 percent have sales less than

long sound of e  street. It wasn't that long ago that being in your own small business wasn't even considered an occupation. I was tenacious. And just kept saying to myself, there has to be a better way. I would make a mistake, maybe make it twice or three times, but eventually figure it out. I survived all these mistakes because I was always customer service driven and took care of customers. I quickly developed a loyal customer base and no matter what I did wrong, in finance, management or hiring, I always made it

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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 the Oil and Gas Industry (Upstream)

The model of ERP systems for the upstream oil and gas sector addresses the particularly specialized business model of this industry. It is common practice for companies, individuals, and government agencies to form partnerships to explore, develop, and share production of oil wells. More often than not, this is a short-term alliance rather than a long-term partnership, and business structuring must therefore be flexible at initial set-up and throughout the lifespan of the venture. This model of ERP systems includes criteria for financials, human resources, production data capture and reporting, maintenance management, and supply chain management (SCM) functionality. 

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