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Has SAP Found Magic Formula (One) To Learn The Ropes Of Marketing?
SAP is responding to the changing Internet marketplace in a multiplicity of ways. First, by restructuring to develop flexibility; then, by forming key

sap banner  13,000 leading companies use SAP e-business solutions to create value and increase competitiveness. The campaign includes print and television advertisements to be run in more than 25 countries. More than 40 leading business and information technology publications will be targeted for print advertising, and television placements are planned for each of the four major networks in the United States, as well as networks in 10 other countries. Wide-reaching airport and Web-based banner advertising also is inc

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