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ROI Systems MANAGE-s Well Past 2000 Part 1: Recent Developments
ROI Systems' strategy in terms of enhancing its MANAGE 2000 product and its geographic coverage has apparently been paying off, which comes as a welcome news

s part 40  Systems MANAGE-s Well Past 2000 Part 1: Recent Developments Event Summary On March 13, ROI Systems , Inc. ( www.roisystems.com ), a privately held provider of extended ERP software systems, with its headquarters in Minneapolis, MN, announced that Indiana-based Core Business Software Solutions (CBSS) would serve as a business partner in its Midwest region. CBSS, a technology consulting firm, will distribute and implement ROI Systems' MANAGE 2000 extended ERP system. CBSS's decision to distribute ROI's

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