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TurtleSpice ERP! (Week 8)
Welcome to Week 8 of TurtleSpice ERP! We’re following one company’s software selection process, from beginning to end—with a twist: It’s up to you to make sure

vp 8  Facing pressure from his VP Wade Sharkey to short-circuit the selection process and select Big Gun Software, Mike gets a reprieve when Wade Sharkey is over-ruled by the CEO . When supply issues threatened to derail the entire ERP selection project , Mike pushed ahead anyway with his goal of documenting business requirements for software selection. Last week , you voted to give all vendors—including BigGun—an extension for RFI responses. One reader wrote in to say this: What Mike needs is time. By

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