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The Lexicon of CRM - Part 3: From R to Z
CRM. C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part three of a three-part article to provide explanation and meaning

r part 16  covers the alphabet from R to Z. For A to I, see Part One . For J to Q, see Part Two . R  RDBMS - Relational DataBase Management System . The typical, standard database, with both data models, data definitions, and data storage capabilities. Examples include Oracle's 9i database, Microsoft's SQLServer 2000, and IBM's DB2 and Informix. RFI - Request For Information . A formal document sent by a customer to a vendor asking for specific information about their product or line of products. It's usually the

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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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Software Test Tools

Tools exist to support software testing at all stages of a project. Some vendors offer an integrated suite that will support testing and development throughout a project's life, from gathering requirements to supporting the live system. Some vendors concentrate on a single part of that life cycle. The software test tools knowledge base provides functional criteria you might expect from a testing tool, the infrastructure that supports the tool, and an idea of the market position of the vendor.  

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