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Fourth Shift Hopes To Thrive On China’s Greener Pastures
January has marked increased PR activity at Fourth Shift, with mixed, bittersweet announcements. While 2000 was a disappointing year, mostly owing to the 26.5

sap on tree  (for more information, see SAP Claims Big Gains In The Low-End Battleground , and PeopleSoft Joins The Hunt For SMEs ). User Recommendations While it is unclear how many smaller vendors will survive the shrinking and more crowded market intact, avoiding either bankruptcy or assimilation; Fourth Shift may well be one of those that survive the shakeout. The company has long demonstrated a deep understanding of the low-end of the ERP market dynamics and its requirements of inexpensive products, fast and

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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