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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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TEC Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide
While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers

china sourcing guide  early PLM advocators in China, Kurt contributed toward Chinese industry standards for enterprise information system implementations. More recently, as a consultant for a global manufacturer, Kurt was responsible for identifying issues and recommendations related to the management of environmental issues, which he sees as a key element to both manufacturing and IT governance best practices. Kurt earned his MBA from HEC Montreal (Quebec, Canada), with a concentration in IT management. He is also an

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Recruitment and Staffing

Recruitment and Staffing functionality allows the user to select and hire the right people with the right skill sets, as well as track the information regarding their recruitment for later analysis. It covers criteria such as Organization Structures and Modeling, Corporate Branding, Sourcing, Applicant Tracking, Assessment and Selection, Governance and Compliance, Vendor Management Systems (VMS) Portal, Recruitment Analytics and Reporting, and Product Technology. 

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Inventory Management and Accounting Conundrum


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While cherished by material management folks as supply chain “grease,” inventory is not that beloved by financial managers.

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