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Emptoris: Opening a New Chapter of Prosperity - Part 1
Good news is scarce these days across the board, and I am always keen on reporting on rare bullish enterprise applications businesses, especially if the

post auction phase  InBev, Boeing, ConocoPhillips, Deutsche Post , GlaxoSmithKline, Heinz, Kraft, Royal Dutch Shell , and the US Postal Service (USPS ). The CSM acquisition also sheds some light on the differing philosophies between Emptoris and its archrival Ariba . Namely, Emptoris has always stayed away from offering routine and structured  e-procurement  of catalog-based items, supplier connectivity and networks ( online trading communities ), purchasing and accounting transactions,  electronic invoice presentment &

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Product Development and Portfolio Management

The Product Development and Portfolio Management Knowledge Base covers the execution processes of new product development projects and programs, including phase-gate processes. It also addresses Product Portfolio Management (PPM), including the evaluation processes of new and existing products and product portfolios to provide the most valuable, balanced, and well aligned portfolio of products.  

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