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A Veteran Enterprise Resource Planning Vendor Makes a SaaS-y Statement
Glovia International has launched the first full-fledged and versatile, manufacturing-oriented solution that is an on-demand, enterprise resource planning

flowchart from a back office of a bank  Veteran Enterprise Resource Planning Vendor Makes a SaaS-y Statement The first complete and flexible, enterprise resource planning (ERP), software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that is geared to manufacturers has been unveiled by a veteran vendor that, despite its long history as a software solutions provider, has not received its due recognition. The vendor maintains a conservative marketing approach, which is likely the cause of its low-key presence in the global enterprise applications market. The fact

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