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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Hosted PBX Buyer's Guide for Small and Medium Businesses
A hosted Internet protocol private branch exchange (IP PBX) system can provide an easy way for small to medium businesses (SMBs) to move to voice over Internet

local businesses  will not have a local oice? What are your current broadband connection details — bandwidth, type, lines and so on? Make sure to have as much information available as possible, including current supplier and level of service. What is your current network load and available unused bandwidth? Your provider may want to test your network to determine this information for themselves, and if you don’t have enough you may need a network or broadband upgrade. What type of servers does your system run on? Your

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ERP for Distribution Industries

Enterprise resource planning (ERP)—distribution software is designed for companies in the distribution and logistics industries. Traditional distribution businesses focus on moving goods through a supply chain, and the distribution software market has developed products to meet these needs. The software solutions developed for ERP for distribution includes functionality for supply chain management (SCM), distribution process management (DPM), and retail and commerce.  

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local businesses  customers in areas where local companies traditionally have dominated. As a response to this growing interest in software solutions for micro- and small businesses, TEC is revamping its existing model for small companies, to help make the selection process easier and more relevant in today’s SMB software market. The software model is called Small Business Software (SBS) and covers all of the major functions that small companies might require. The SBS model includes the following functional areas: Read More

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