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The Instant Supply Chain Challenge
For the past few weeks, all eyes (and hearts) have been on the devastation caused by the Indian Ocean Tsunami. What is needed in a disaster like this is an

south coast web  IN GALLE, 125 KM SOUTH OF THE SRI LANKAN CAPITAL COLOMBO. Instant Need With the tsunami there was no warning, and instantly there was a very urgent need. In particular, emergency requirements such as water, medical supplies, search and rescue teams, etc., needed to get there within just a couple of days. Virtually all businesses face unexpected and sudden new demands and disruptions to their supply chain from time to time, though hopefully never as dramatic as the tsunami disaster. The key to instant

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Web Content Management (WCM)

Web content management (WCM) systems manage content creation, review, and approval processes for web site content. This may include public Web sites (Internet) or private web sites (intranet or extranet). Use a WCM solution to organize and manage documents; provide content version control, collaboration utilities, and user- or document-level security. 

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Business Components

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Customer Success Stories

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