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January 23, 2012 | Volume 7 Issue 2


TOP STORY: Natural Disasters of 2011: Are You Prepared in 2012?
FEATURED ARTICLE: IBS and IBM Optimize ERP for Midmarket Distributors
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: New Overlay Utility from T.L. Ashford Now Produces Simple Forms
WHITE PAPER: IBS and IBM Optimize ERP for Midmarket Distributors

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Feature Article - System Administration
Natural Disasters of 2011: Are You Prepared in 2012?

Mother Nature is unpredictable. You need to ask yourself: Are you prepared?

simon_osullivanWritten by Simon O'Sullivan

Natural disasters pose enormous threats to an organization's business operations, and 2011 will go on record as one of the most disaster-filled years in recent history. The year started with severe blizzard conditions over most of the U.S., which was soon followed by:


Feature Article - Application Software
IBS and IBM Optimize ERP for Midmarket Distributors

IBM i Solution Edition delivers integrated functionality and rapid implementation for cost savings and efficiency.

Written by International Business Systems

Editor's Note: This article is an extract of the white paper "IBS and IBM Optimize ERP for Midmarket Distributors" available for free download from the MC White Paper Center.


Wholesale distribution is a balancing act. Midsize distributors must walk a careful line between satisfying manufacturers as well as customers—and remaining profitable. If a distributor increases its prices too much, the manufacturer may choose to sell its products through a competing distributor or directly. And if the distributor substantially lowers its prices, the organization risks going out of business.


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