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The Lexicon of CRM - Part 3: From R to Z
CRM. C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part three of a three-part article to provide explanation and meaning

u part 3  and Europe. T & U   TCO - Total Cost of Ownership . When evaluating software for possible implementation in your company, you can't just consider the costs of the software licenses, on-going maintenance fees, and support costs. You also need to consider how much time, and in turn, how much money, it will cost to own the software over the long term. Is the software very buggy and in need of constant bug updates and enhancements? Is the software difficult to use and therefore requires higher training

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Tools exist to support software testing at all stages of a project. Some vendors offer an integrated suite that will support testing and development throughout a project's life, from gathering requirements to supporting the live system. Some vendors concentrate on a single part of that life cycle. The software test tools knowledge base provides functional criteria you might expect from a testing tool, the infrastructure that supports the tool, and an idea of the market position of the vendor.  

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u part 3  Win-to-Lin Migration Tool Event Summary 11/30/99 - Bristol Technology, Inc. has announced shipment of its Windows-to-Linux application-migration tool. Bristol is the Danbury, CT-based company that sued Microsoft Corp. in 1998 for antitrust violations following Microsoft's alleged attempt to substantially raise the price it planned to charge Bristol for a Windows source-code license. Bristol's Wind/U for Linux product, which began shipping Tuesday, enables developers to compile Microsoft Win32 API and Read More

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Lean Manufacturing: Part 1


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