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Smaller Vendors Can Still Provide Relevant Business Systems Part Five: Challenges and User Recommendations
Having to deliver a number of functionalities through third-party solutions, which are natively offered by many larger competitors, may deter some interface

eam vendors articles  For more information, see EAM Versus CMMS: What's Right for Your Company? and Cincom Sticks to CONTROL of ETO and MRO . Even if best-of-breed or bolt-on strategy could sometimes work in the Relevant's favor, the competition comes even there from the likes of Avexus, Manugistics (after its acquisition of Western Data Systems [WDS], see Manugistics Indulges In The Open M&A Season ), Xelux , Pentagon 2000 , the CORRIDOR product from CONTINUUM Applied Technologies , Mxi Technologies , Sinex , and so on. For

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