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Dealership Management System: What Is It and Who Needs It?
What Is a DMS?When one talks about a DMS, people usually think about a document management system, a data management system, or even a destroyer mine

brands consultants bi  dealers to sell other brands at the same site. Another reason for using a DMS was so manufacturers could control the quality of the services provided by the dealers—making sure they only used genuine spare parts and that they followed the work procedures defined for specific processes. A unique system for all dealers would also provide them with the right tools to be efficient in their relationship with the car manufacturer (e.g., spare parts ordering tools, warranty management, vehicle repair

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End-user Performance: Building and Maintaining ROI


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SAP - A Humble Giant From The Reality Land? Part 1: Alliances


During its international e-business conference, SAPPHIRE, SAP displayed a bullish attitude, contradicting the current market malaise. Expanding outside its traditional ERP stronghold into five attractive technology areas, as well as the realization that no vendor can be ‘all things to all people’ might be the necessary ingredients of the formula for future SAP success.

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Analytics Leader Voices Its Opinions on S&OP State of Affairs


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Sole-sourcing BI from Your ERP Vendor: IT Convenience or Strategic Business Decision?


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Back in April, I wrote about a consulting firm whose excellent service had earned it rave reviews from a client. The secret to the firm’s success, it turned out, was pretty simple. Its consultants made sure they understood the client, they committed to the project, they kept their promises, and they followed up. In other words, that firm displayed a genuine commitment to excellence that can be

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