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SciQuest goes to Duke.

Duke University Selects SciQuest's Procurement Automation Solutions -- SciQuest, Inc., a leading provider of on-demand strategic procurement and supplier enablement solutions, today announced that Duke University will deploy the company's on-demand procurement automation solutions. With its selection of SciQuest, Duke joins the largest customer base for on-demand procurement automation solutions in higher education.

Where does your food come from?

Sustaining an ethical food chain -- Currently seen as an inalienable right, abundant, low-cost food in Europe and America required policymakers, food companies, agri-giants and supermarket bosses to sign a pact that has had stark consequences for billions of people and the environment. Aggressive supply chains featuring a dwindling number of food manufacturers and processors feed giant supermarkets, which in turn control increasing tracts of land to build increasing more stores. Amid the industrialization of supply chains and sales, the industry has been effectively "financialized."

Head in the clouds.

Microsoft partners worry over cloud-computing role -- As Microsoft continued a full-court press to get its partner companies to sell cloud-computing services, some of them were still scratching their heads over whether Microsoft's advances in cloud computing could end up biting into a chunk of their own businesses. Their questions came as Microsoft announced new products and sales-support programs at its Worldwide Partner Conference this week that are aimed at helping partners make the jump.

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