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The Potential of Visa's XML Standard
Visa introduces a new global XML invoice specification.

sap spy  One, Ariba, Oracle and SAP are creating partnerships with industry leaders. The consortia listed above are working to develop e-business standards. Should Visa, or any of industry leaders, require their business partners and supply chain to embrace a particular standard the acceptance would be exponential. As these industry leaders and consortia continue their efforts, we expect to see multiple standards serving a breadth of industries. If accepted, Visa's standard could represent a piece of a larger

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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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Frantic Merger-Mania Spiced Up With Vendettas Leaves Customers Anxious


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Is SAP Stumbling? Perhaps.


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SAP PLM


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