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Acronyms Can Simplify Your Life, or Drive You Insane
Acronyms seem really convenient, at first.It’s great using ERP instead of enterprise resource planning, for example.You save precious time (not typing

newsgroup reader  Can Simplify Your Life, or Drive You Insane Acronyms seem really convenient, at first. It’s great using ERP instead of enterprise resource planning, for example. You save precious time (not typing enterprise resource planning a million times) and there’s no way your reader won’t understand what ERP means, right? Well, for ERP this may be true, but all acronyms are not as tidy as they appear. What about BPM, for example? Does it stand for business process management or business performance man

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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