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Mainstream Enterprise Vendors Begin to Grasp Content Management Part One: PCM System Attributes
Enterprises are becoming painfully aware of the need to clean up their structured data and unstructured content acts to capitalize on more important efforts

api treestands accessories  unstructured content acts to capitalize on more important efforts like regulatory compliance, globalization, demand aggregation, and supply chain streamlining, to name some. To that end, these enterprise vendors have to provide the ability to also integrate emerging radio frequency identification (RFID) data into their software, as well as full support for web services-based provisioning and consumption of data and processes. Yet, the all-encompassing content management solution is still in the

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