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Impressive Enterprise Resource Planning Solution Gets A Little Help From Its Friends
Despite impressive product depth and breadth (for instance, customer relationship management [CRM], workflow, traceability, and quality management are provided

nabors drilling  inventory optimization products to enable clients to reduce investment in stock while at the same time maintaining or improving customer service levels (see Inventory Planning and Optimization: Extending Your ERP System and Lucrative but Risky Aftermarket Business—Service and Replacement Parts SCM ). Managing risk is about managing the cost of maintaining unnecessarily high levels of inventory against the risk of running out of stock at the crucial moment of truth, when a customer actually wants

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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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