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ABAS Business Software-One Mid-market ERP Vendor to Watch For
ABAS Business Software has built a name for itself as a mid-market enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor to contend with. In his latest article, TEC

database code for accounting  tables in the system database to tailor the solution to their needs.   abas-USA President Explains Further What follows now is our candid discussion with Alan Salton, president, abas-USA. Our prodding questions and Salton’s straight-shooting answers are as follows: TEC: What are some of abas Business Software’s capabilities that you are particularly proud of? AS: abas technology has the following two outstanding capabilities: The API layer allows for real-time integration with almost any third-party

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A warehouse management system (WMS) should provide database and user-level tools in order for a company to optimize its storage facilities while at the same time providing user level task direction and activity support. The WMS should enable warehouse operators to optimize pick, put-away, and replenishment functions by employing powerful system logic to select the best locations and sequences. 

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