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Customer Choices for Achieving Growth
Some will say that the Big Few are in for quite a gamble, given that these market leaders are to introduce a product or concept that directly challenges the

customer contract options additional  proposition like a large customer base or a non-emulated vertical solution. Otherwise it will face oblivion. If a publicly traded vendor that does not want to be acquired, then the vendor needs to think of some defensive moves prevent acquisition. Going private, which is possible through an infusion of private funding, repurchasing outstanding shares to ensure majority voting power. Maintaining only a necessary level of cash, resorting to the poison pill shareholders provision, merging with a peer as

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ERP for Services (Non-manufacturing)

Typically, ERP systems designed for services industries offer modules that provide back-office support, customer relationship management, time management, expense management, resource management, and project management capabilities. Depending on the vertical market, additional industry-specific functionality may be included to address unique business requirements. Consequently, project-centric systems for accounting, architecture, construction, engineering, and professional services industries will support project management functionality; whereas health care, field service, distribution, and government systems will support functionality unique to those vertical markets. 

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