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Does Your Small Business Need an ERP?

Since the early 90s, most large companies have made the choice to implement an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.  In short, the purpose of an ERP is to link together the data from the various functions of the company so that they can be leveraged to the company's advantage.  For example, if the sales team has real time access to inventory levels, they can make real-time decisions about which products to push harder.  The advent of web based ERP, with it's lower cost and simpler implementation, has pushed adoption further, with many mid-sized businesses now reaping the same benefits as the big boys.   This raises of the question of whether an ERP might have benefits for a truly small business.

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Wikio, a new news aggregation and moderation site

It’s becoming clearer by the day that news is too important to be left to the media corporations. They show us what they would like us to learn and believe, but that is often not what really happened. With modern technology it should be easier to give this power to the people. This idea works quite well with blogs, e.g., Memeorandum.com.

News aggregation has been dominated by Google News. Now there is a new French site called Wikio.com that looks promising. It’s still in beta, but TechCrunch has had a look. Digg.com, of course also works well, but is mostly for technology topics.