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What All Sales Organizations Need to Know: An Up-close-and-personal Discussion with Blackboard and Salesforce.com
Salesforce.com and Blackboard have joined forces to offer cloud-based sales training for their customers. And according to TEC Research Analysts, if you’re

why key opinion leader is used  a learning management vendor? Why Blackboard? Mike (Salesforce): For the last 10 years Blackboard has been the leading learning management system (LMS) software provider in the industry. More than 25 million students and sales professionals use its solution daily. Quite simply, creating a relationship where the leader in sales meets the leader in learning was an easy decision to make. TEC: Was this partnership a natural progression for Salesforce.com? Mike (Salesforce): The Blackboard app highlights the

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Process Manufacturing (ERP)

The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today's leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, human resources) and include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, many solutions that were formerly considered peripheral (product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), reporting, etc.). While during the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-Business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The old adage is "Such a beginning, such an end", and, consequently, many ERP systems' failures could be traced back to a bad software selection. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers' IT technology with their business strategy, and subsequent software selection. This is the perfect time to create the business case and energize the entire organization towards the vision sharing and a buy in, both being the Key Success Factors (KSFs). Yet, these steps are very often neglected despite the amount of expert literature and articles that emphasize their importance.    

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