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hybris Helps SAP Retail and CRM
As my colleague Bob Eastman reported in a blogpost earlier today, SAP plans to acquire hybris, a vibrant and widely recognized leader in e-commerce technology

sap light  alliance with Magento , SAP simply had to make the move. Upon completion of the transaction, expected in the third quarter of 2013 and subject to regulatory approval and other closing conditions, hybris will operate as an independent business unit and will retain its existing management team led by Ariel Ludi, CEO, hybris and Carsten Thoma, president and co-founder. This seems a smart move for SAP, similar to how it has handled Ariba. Both Ariba and hybris have many customers outside of SAP’s install

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The Small Business Software (SBS) evaluation model targets functional requirements for fully featured solutions designed to support all business requirements of a typical small business. Extending beyond mere accounting functions, it is primarily applicable to those businesses for which full-scale ERP software may be too complex or cumbersome. However, the model of SBS solutions includes all the essential categories such as General Ledger, Accounts Payable (A/P) and Accounts Receivable (A/R), Payroll, Job and Project Costing, Multinational Accounting, Light Manufacturing, Inventory, Technology, and much more. 

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