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Agresso Bucks the Slump (and Fights the “ERP Madness”) - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series revisited Agresso’s post-implementation agility capabilities as a major tenet for the vendor’s continued growth in a hostile and

no thank you note  Massachusetts, US residents that had no electricity for two weeks after the devastating ice storm in mid-December . In a nutshell, it is this: the global economy will either “correct itself” or “collapse.” Leaders will be forced to find operational alternatives and take the long view on what they can do with their organizations to make the shift to longer-term progress versus short-term results. The needed mindset change will make it less feasible to default to old choices than it will be to

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