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Color Spot Nurseries Expands SAP Footprint with Rimini Street
Third-party software service and maintenance providers continue to peel off lucrative maintenance contracts from large vendors one customer at a time. Color

plants grow  distribution of high-quality bedding plants, vegetables, herbs, and shrubs to more than 2,000 retail and commercial customers around the US. Color Spot has been Rimini Street’s client since 2010, and its story could be a validation for companies who want to derive more value from their SAP software implementation. While under Rimini Street support for the past three years, Color Spot has purchased and deployed new SAP licenses to keep up with its strategic acquisitions and growth into new markets. At

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ERP for Mill-based and Material Converting Environments

The ERP for Mill-based and Material Converting Environments knowledge base focuses on a range of industrial activities that add value to raw materials by processing them into a form suitable for further manufacturing or for immediate end-use. These activities include traditional mills that turn grain into flour or extract sucrose from sugar cane; the spinning and weaving mills of the textiles and carpets sectors; the rolling plants of steel, aluminum, and other metals semi-fabricators; to the continuous outputs of paper and board mills. 

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