As the world economy begins its climb out of recession, IT executives are beginning to look past budget cuts to what the future may hold for their organizations. In addition, organizations are focusing on deriving more value from the huge investments they've already made in customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM), business intelligence and data warehousing solutions to further help the company's bottom line.
This increased drive for business growth and profitability has created a shift in the way organizations think about doing business on a global basis and how their IT investments can best support those efforts. No longer is the term "multinational" reserved for the largest of the large corporations. As more organizations extend their reach around the globe, however, they quickly realize that they have an increased need to integrate customer, supplier and operational data across their corporate computing systems regardless of what language that data exists in.
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