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Vendors Harness Excel (and Office) to Win the Lower-end of Business Intelligence Market
Small and medium businesses wanting the benefits of business intelligence (BI) without having to implement a large enterprise system may find a viable option in

moving business notification  and what gets them moving without a steep software learning curve. Almost by default, their solutions revolve around Microsoft Excel or other spreadsheet programs, and sometimes including reporting tools embedded in packaged applications. Anecdotally, Excel is considered the world's most accepted analytic tool, and is often considered to be a competitive product and even a barrier to entry for BI vendors, partly because Excel ships with every copy of Microsoft Office , which, in turn is a standard

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ERP for Distribution Industries

Enterprise resource planning (ERP)—distribution software is designed for companies in the distribution and logistics industries. Traditional distribution businesses focus on moving goods through a supply chain, and the distribution software market has developed products to meet these needs. The software solutions developed for ERP for distribution includes functionality for supply chain management (SCM), distribution process management (DPM), and retail and commerce.  

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