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Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)
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The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as or...
 

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BPM Weaves Data And Processes Together For Real-time Revenues
Linking data to process is the realm of business process management (BPM). BPM's focus on process dramatically reduces the amount of data that needs to be

robs realm  Weaves Data And Processes Together For Real-time Revenues BPM Weaves Data And Processes Together For Real-time Revenues Featured Author - David Cameron - May 30, 2003 Introduction One customer abandons a product application on a corporate Web site. Another customer starts to configure an online product but gets frustrated and quits. A third stops paying bills on time or contributing to an account. What do these events have in common? The relationship between customer and vendor is at risk, and the

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Discrete Enterprise Resource Planning (Discrete ERP) RFI / RFP Template

Financials, Human Resources, Manufacturing Management, Inventory Management, Purchasing Management, Quality Management, Sales Management, Product Technology Get this template

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Business Process Management: A Crash Course on What It Entails and Why to Use It


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