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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Customization Drives Complexity - Why It's Hard to Design, Sell, and Produce
It seems counterintuitive, but the process of selling, designing, and producing what appear to be

window manufacturer  made. For example, a window for a wide opening requires special engineering. If the width reaches a certain measurement, then reinforced glass must be used, the frame must be reinforced and an additional latch will be required. Often these changes are not visible to or specified by the customer, but make a significant difference in the production processes, bills of material, and associated production costs. Because of the impact of customization on the sales, pricing, and production processes, a simple

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Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Supply chain management (SCM) solutions include applications for managing supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and customer business processes. Addressing demand management, warehouse management, international trade logistics, transportation execution, and many other issues for a complete solution, this knowledge base will support your evaluation of an SCM suite. 

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