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Epicor 9: Delivering What Oracle and Others Are Yet to Achieve? - Part 1
Undoubtedly, the recent major event at Epicor Software (despite concurrent unfortunate occasional and distracting shareholder power struggles, takeover bids

others part 1  Delivering What Oracle and Others Are Yet to Achieve? - Part 1 Undoubtedly, the recent major event at Epicor Software  (despite concurrent unfortunate occasional and distracting shareholder power struggles, takeover bids, and CEO departures ) was the launch of the next-generation Epicor 9 product suite  in late 2008. Epicor hails Epicor 9 as an entirely new generation of business application that redefines how enterprise systems are both built and used. For one, Epicor 9’s functional footprint is

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Learning Management Suite (LMS)

These are tools for managing, creating, scheduling training or learning in your organization. The terminology varies from vendor to vendor. Learning management systems (LMS) typically help to manage both classroom and on-line learning. They do not normally include content creation or management tools but may in some cases. Some LMSs may manage just classroom or just e-learning rather than both. Some LMSs may also include content authoring and managment and virtual classrooms. Learning content management systems (LCMS) emphasize the management of content for courses/training/learning. In most cases, they include content authoring tools. In some cases, they may also include some of the features of LMSs. Content authoring tools are often provided as part of an LCMS. They may also be stand-alone products. Virtual classrooms (web conferencing tools) normally are separate third party offerings but may be included as part of a suite of tools. Suites of tools include features of at least two or more of the above categories. While some companies offer just LMS or LCMS systems others offer suites of products, which provide all or most of the features of the other tools. Suites combine several capabilities of learning management--usually two or more of the following: learning management, classroom training management, e-learning management, custom content creation, learning content management, learning object repositories, or virtual classrooms.  

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