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You Need More Than Functions and Features to Implement an ERP Package Part One: The Administrator and Customizer
You have selected an ERP package. Now you have to worry about implementing the software. This article looks at four categories of tools that a vendor may supply

focus accountant  or industry. The primary focus of the customizer tool is to allow you to modify screens and their contents and, what should be a common refrain, without the need of a programming or technical effort. Understandably, users get tired of tabbing through never used fields. Customizer should allow you to hide these fields. While this is a good start, the tool should also enable you to shift the remaining fields to make the screen appearance more condensed and logical, thereby reducing excessive tabbing. While

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Quote-to-Order (Q2O) Systems

Quote-to-order (Q2O) solutions (sometimes known as configure, price, and quote or CPQ) enable manufacturers to mobilize their mass customization initiatives. These systems can reduce time-consuming quoting and ordering processes, decrease unit costs, and lower sales costs. Q2O suites can further help enterprises increase sales effectiveness across all channels. These solutions help companies that sell complex products and services shift their focus to customer-facing sales and service issues. 

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focus accountant  Applications, all with a focus on ease-of-use and user productivity.  The first deliverable as part of the Aurora project is IEE, the new graphical user interface (GUI) for IFS Applications. It is important to note that after IEE is released, the Aurora project will continue, yielding future enhancements. In any case, IEE is interesting, to say the least, for leveraging Microsoft UI technology to create a look (albeit not yet the multi-touch touch screen, handgestures, etc. feel) of Apple iPhone (on top Read More

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focus accountant  this section we will focus on some of the key features of a CMMS in the sequence you might encounter them in installing and using the software. A CMMS provides a database for identifying, recording, and categorizing equipment and their components. So what's the big deal? First, embedded in this database is a hierarchy. The hierarchy structure permits you to view repair parts at a facility level, an equipment level, or down to the basic component level. This also enables you to drill down in successive Read More

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