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AribaLIVE 2012: What Was Jolly Good (and What Could Improve) - Part 1
A recent blog post talked about my attendance of the AribaLIVE 2012 user event and outlined the main premise of the event: Ariba has become a public cloud

y part 1  2012: What Was Jolly Good (and What Could Improve) - Part 1 A recent blog post talked about my attendance of the AribaLIVE 2012 user event and outlined the main premise of the event: Ariba has become a public cloud commerce network provider first and foremost , while also offering additional related  spend management  software as required. The vendor is striving to become a  business-to-business (B2B)  commerce version of Amazon.com and eBay  to enable painless transactions by providing a beh

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Software Test Tools

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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y part 1  Technology Make CFO's and Controller’s Jobs More Strategic? - Part 1 While setting down the thoughts for my recent “SaaSy discussion” blog series To SaaS or Not: Is that a Question? , something else related to software as a service (SaaS ) and on-demand applications crossed my mind. Namely, it is a fact that SaaS and business process outsourcing (BPO ) providers have largely liberated human resource (HR ) and payroll managers from the drudgery of performing menial and tactical administrative Read More

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y part 1  evolución del software y los niveles de abstracción La abstracción es el ejercicio de comprender una serie de problemas a la vista heterogéneos y darles comprensión homogénea. Una de las principales abstracciones del mercado actual de las entidades es la administración, motivo por el cual se anunció el Microsoft Business Framework, el cual afectará el ERP clásico de las supuestas Best Practices. Read More

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y part 1  Hence, VoIP is not yet broadly implemented by web sites creators. WAP/WML - Wireless Application Protocol and Wireless Markup Language. These are syntax used to program content for wireless phones using languages that allow the text portions of Web pages to be presented. White Paper - A lengthy, often technical, article on a topic that provides background information on corporate products, industries, or industry trends. WIP bins - Work In Process bins . Can also be thought of as personal To-Do lists. Read More

Microsoft Keeps on Rounding up Its Business Solutions Part Two: Challenges and User Recommendations


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