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How to Choose a Manufacturing System
If you’ve worked for more than one manufacturing company, you know that each one is different. Different processes, systems, problems—all these variations mean

starting a car dealership  with annual maintenance costs starting at approximately 15 percent of the purchase price. Hardware costs These include computers, components, networks, and printers. Costs can be difficult to project until you make your software selection. You probably already have most of the hardware you'll need, but you may need to upgrade servers or storage devices to accommodate a new system. For each 25 users, plan on spending $7,000 to $15,000 to upgrade existing equipment, and $50,000 to $65,000 to start from

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ERP for Manufacturing (SMB)

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