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Usability a big feature for Great Plains 8.0 release

The next iteration of Microsoft Corp.'s Great Plains enterprise resource planning (ERP) software will include over 120 product enhancements focused primarily around manufacturing, distribution and project accounting capabilities, marking the company's biggest ERP development effort.

EU clears cable operator merger

The European Commission approved UnitedGlobalCom Inc. subsidiary UPC Broadband's acquisition of French cable company Noos on Tuesday, without imposing any conditions.

Cell phones and RFID: two great tastes, together

You've heard a lot recently about radio frequency identification technologies and how they let companies track their wares more efficiently.

Ladder firm breaks fall with supply chain tools

Last February, Werner Co. stopped shipping its ladders to The Home Depot Inc. The home improvement retailer was Werner

Microsoft JVM support to get extension

Microsoft Corp. announced on Tuesday that users of its Java Virtual Machine (JVM) would have an extra three years to stop using the software and migrate to either Microsoft .Net or another Java product.

NZ developer preps for hardened Linux

Security Enhanced Linux, a "hardened" version of the open source software that was helped into existence by a U.S. spy agency, is on the verge of gaining broad acceptance, a local developer says.

Ladder maker uses supply chain tools

In February, Werner Co. stopped shipping its ladders to The Home Depot Inc., the home improvement retailer that had been its biggest customer. But the company was able to cushion the blow thanks to its production planning and reporting system.

Consumer packaged goods firms: No quick ROI from RFID

Major consumer packaged goods manufacturers don't foresee any quick return from adding radio frequency identification technology to their packaging and distribution systems. Instead, they view it as the cost of doing business with major customers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which has mandated the use of RFID tags starting next year.

A dish of “e”

Reassurance is the driving force behind a national program that traces food from the farm to the grocery store using computer-based information systems.

Easy-to-use desktop management tool

Last year we looked at NetSupport TCO from NetSupport Solutions Inc., which offered basic inventory capabilities and remote control. Since then, the company has launched an enterprise-level successor, NetSupport DNA, which adds application and Internet metering, software distribution and remote control. We recently tested this version, and while it still has a few warts, it does a great job of making a system administrator's job easier.

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