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The Lexicon of CRM - Part 2: From J to Q
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part two of a three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for

q part 1  2: From J to Q The Lexicon of CRM Part 2: From J to Q R. Garland - October 19, 2001 The Lexicon is divided into three parts, this being the second of three. This second section covers the alphabet from J to Q. For A to I, see Part One . J  J2ME - Java 2 Micro Edition . A highly optimized Java runtime environment targeting a wide range of consumer products, including pagers, cellular phones, digital set-top boxes, and car navigation systems. JDBC - Java Database Connectivity . JDBC technology is an API

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Tools exist to support software testing at all stages of a project. Some vendors offer an integrated suite that will support testing and development throughout a project's life, from gathering requirements to supporting the live system. Some vendors concentrate on a single part of that life cycle. The software test tools knowledge base provides functional criteria you might expect from a testing tool, the infrastructure that supports the tool, and an idea of the market position of the vendor.  

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q part 1  reportedly delighted to relatively quickly reduce the clutter in their stores and see significant improvements. For example, Home Depot has reported a five percent increase of ticket size by making store employees more productive via Reflexis’ tools. This translated to approximately $1.5 billion in additional annual revenue. As for Staples, Reflexis’ easy to use, role-based user interface (UI) has ensured that the solution is used by all Staples employees. In fact, Reflexis Task Manager (formerly Read More

The Lexicon of CRM - Part 1: From A to I


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