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MDM Interview: Distribution IT in Transition

Doug Levin has been involved in distribution information technology for more than 20 years. He is well known in many distribution sectors as the former executive vice president of Prophet 21 software company, acquired by Activant Solutions in 2005. In this interview, the guy who sold a lot of technology systems urges distributors to optimize current systems first. Here's Levin's perspective on IT best practices, standards, consolidation and challenges ahead.

MDM: What's your perspective on the consolidation you've seen in distribution software over 20 years, some of which you actively drove in your role with Prophet 21? Have distributors benefited?
 
Doug Levin: It has probably gone from 30 companies that focus specifically on distribution ...


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