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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Energizing Utilities for the Economic Stimulus Plan: Strategies for Greater Efficiency and Sustainability
For years, utilities have seen a growing need to enable a smarter electric grid, promote cleaner power sources, and replace aging structures. These issues came

alternative fuel sources  automobiles. The plan encourages alternative fuels for cars, emerging vehicle technologies, and programs for cleaner energy sources. Investor-owned utility and public utility incentives. Grants and tax credits are available to organizations that focus on energy conservation, renewable technology, and energy efficiency.   Key Challenges for the Utilities Industry While utility executives sort out the implications associated with ARRA funding, they continue to confront challenges specific to the industry.

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ERP for the Oil and Gas Industry (Upstream)

The model of ERP systems for the upstream oil and gas sector addresses the particularly specialized business model of this industry. It is common practice for companies, individuals, and government agencies to form partnerships to explore, develop, and share production of oil wells. More often than not, this is a short-term alliance rather than a long-term partnership, and business structuring must therefore be flexible at initial set-up and throughout the lifespan of the venture. This model of ERP systems includes criteria for financials, human resources, production data capture and reporting, maintenance management, and supply chain management (SCM) functionality. 

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