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ERP Trivia - Every Why Should Have Its Wherefore Part 1: ERP Trends
We take the liberty to comment on the findings of a report, which was recently released by a renowned research organization, and which pinpoints ERP

w part 1  Why Should Have Its Wherefore Part 1: ERP Trends ERP Trivia - Every Why Should Have Its Wherefore Part 1: ERP Trends P.J. Jakovljevic - August 25, 2001 Executive Summary  What has long been a general feeling based on rumors, news headlines and some casual survey reports hidden within analyst houses' vaults and largely inaccessible to the mass audience owing to exorbitant subscription fees, has recently been confirmed in a more tangible manner. Namely, many major companies are having difficulty achieving

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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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