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Sneak Peek at TEC’s 2012 Buyer’s Guide Roster
You asked for it, you got it. Based on your feedback, Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) has released its 2012 buyer’s guide calendar, which outlines the

solution business intelligence overviews  of the market analysis, solution overviews, vendor case studies, and a comprehensive technology directory. Look for our final buyer’s guide of the year, “New Innovations in CRM,” which is slated for publication in November 2011. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at TEC’s quarterly buyer’s guide roster for 2012: Supply Chain Management (SCM) Businesses operating at an international level must be able to structure their supply chains flexibly and economically in order to keep up with the

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