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Support for Old Releases-Good for the User but Is It Good for the Vendor?
The decision to support older releases is like any other business decision, it is all about the money and profitability. If the vendor can make money at

advising on bi for retail trade  for Old Releases-Good for the User but Is It Good for the Vendor? Introduction A slew of recent announcements and vendor analyst briefings might be showing an interesting trend. Namely, enterprise software vendors are becoming more amenable to pledging support for older (even quite antiquated) product releases, much to the delight of anxious users who still rely on those releases. Until very recently, these users were faced with vendors' more or less subtle ultimatums and deadlines by which they

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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Retail Merchandising


Retail Merchandising systems allow users to effectively manage inventory across the enterprise, helping them to buy smart and sell through efficiently. Retail Merchandising is highly effective for hard-line and soft-line retailers alike. Retailers benefit from features such as automated replenishment, native style-color-size-size2 item matrices, advanced allocation methods, and stock balancing. Total cost of ownership is further reduced by leveraging additional integrated modules within Retail Merchandising, such as distribution center management, loss prevention, sales audit, customer loyalty, data warehouse, gift card management, open-to-buy, e-commerce, and orders and fulfillment. The Retail Merchandising solution is one of the few completely integrated systems that allows users to manage business regardless of where the business comes from. Epicor's core merchandise management system can take care of "brick and mortar" stores (style and price maintenance, allocation, warehouse and distribution, purchasing, receiving, replenishment, sales audit, and accounting interface), while its fully integrated e-commerce and orders and fulfillment modules extend retailers' reach to serve Internet and catalog customers. The net result: one view of the customer.  

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Energizing Utilities for the Economic Stimulus Plan: Strategies for Greater Efficiency and Sustainability


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