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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Will Max Get Mad When He Surfs Your Website?
WebCriteria announced that it has launched a new study of user interaction with Websites. As with previous studies, the results will be used to build a software

we build pages  from their new research, we expect them to make significant penetration. However, we do not believe that they will replace existing traffic analysis tools. These will still be necessary on a daily basis even after a site has been analyzed by Max and optimized. Traditional traffic analysis attempts to answer questions about what happens when people look at a site; Max wants to explain why it happens. There are other ways to model human behavior besides the one taken by WebCriteria, so don't be surprised

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ERP for Municipalities

In this model, we assume the municipality controls water, sewers and roads. We assume also that it collects municipal or county taxes and manages many of its own assets such as vehicles and water treatment plant. ERP software for Municipalities nearly always includes Finance, Customer Care and Billing For a complete municipal ERP suite, the following modules are usually included: - Human Resources - Maintenance Management - Asset Management - Project Management ( including Grant Management) - Quality Management - Analytics - Product Technology Of the above, Project and Quality Management modules may not be required for smaller Municipalities.    

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