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The (NA)Vision of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 - Part 1
The first week of February 2009 was marked by two notable product launches, from vendors touting their respective simplified, more flexible, and intuitive

the design mine inc  AX 2009 release with the “upper mid-market product” themes of globalization (multinational and multisite capabilities), regulatory compliance, and user experience (UX) design  (via personalized Role Centers). However, Dynamics NAV 2009 took the spotlight at European Microsoft Convergence 2008 last fall, and will likely repeat the feat during the upcoming US Microsoft Convergence 2009 event in March in New Orleans . Microsoft Dynamics NAV ( née Navision) Before delving into the enhancements of the

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Core PLM for Discrete Industries

The foundation of product lifecycle management (PLM) for the discrete manufacturing industries is product data management (PDM). It covers design and product-related aspects of PLM including management of material specifications, product structures, production processes, design tools, document management, and design collaboration. 

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Customer Relationship Management Strategies Part Four: Strategies and Case Study


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the design mine inc  schedule a meeting with the creative design team to create colorful collateral pieces and full-page magazine ads. The creative design team loads a few mocked-up designs into the system, attaches them to the campaign, and sends it to Marketing for approval. Marketing receives e-mail notification requesting approval and Bill logs into his CRM application, reviews each design, and prints a couple out. Margaret, the Marketing manager, joins Bill and they select a design. Bill clicks the approval button for Read More

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the design mine inc  Frontstep plans to provide the design and deployment services required by customers to plan, build, launch and advance an e-business strategy. Therefore, Symix' traditional reliance on its direct sales and undeveloped indirect channel, which has been a flaw in its otherwise successful ERP mid-market strategy in the past, should be significantly mitigated. We believe the company has articulated an e-commerce vision that should have an appeal to its mid-market users. In a nutshell, the mission is to Read More

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