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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Smaller Vendors Can Still Provide Relevant Business Systems Part Two: Market Impact
ERP and other enterprise applications products will thus demonstrate deep industry functionality and tight integration with best-of-breed 'bolt-on' products in

general business systems a d  approach. There is a general consensus in a number of diverse industries that generic solutions require longer implementation time frames, more customizations (or, possibly even worse, workarounds, and related dreaded backdoor knowledge just to keep the system running), and the complication of add-on solutions. Winning ERP and other enterprise applications products will thus demonstrate deep industry functionality and tight integration with best-of-breed bolt-on' products in a particular vertical, which

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Small Business Software (SBS)

The Small Business Software (SBS) evaluation model targets functional requirements for fully featured solutions designed to support all business requirements of a typical small business. Extending beyond mere accounting functions, it is primarily applicable to those businesses for which full-scale ERP software may be too complex or cumbersome. However, the model of SBS solutions includes all the essential categories such as General Ledger, Accounts Payable (A/P) and Accounts Receivable (A/R), Payroll, Job and Project Costing, Multinational Accounting, Light Manufacturing, Inventory, Technology, and much more. 

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