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 vertical integration white paper


Professional Services Business Process Alignment
Rapid growth is changing the professional service sector (PS) with increased emphasis on vertical industry knowledge, business process change, and quality

vertical integration white paper  with increased emphasis on vertical industry knowledge, business process change, and quality execution against a backdrop of skilled workforce shortages. Read about the challenges PS executives face as they continue on their path toward expansion, higher revenue, and profit, and the cloud-based business applications they rely on to transform their operations.

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ERP for Services (Non-manufacturing)

Typically, ERP systems designed for services industries offer modules that provide back-office support, customer relationship management, time management, expense management, resource management, and project management capabilities. Depending on the vertical market, additional industry-specific functionality may be included to address unique business requirements. Consequently, project-centric systems for accounting, architecture, construction, engineering, and professional services industries will support project management functionality; whereas health care, field service, distribution, and government systems will support functionality unique to those vertical markets. 

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