CORES™ is a highly configurable, enterprise-wide software solution for research institutions. CORES™ provides full central oversight while also allowing for flexible but consistent decentralized billing and usage functionality for core facilities. This software allows core managers and customers to enter orders using a variety of methods. The software also allows customers in product cores to scan their items at a self-service checkout terminal that provides full real-time inventory management. Orders are accumulated into electronic invoices and e-mailed to customers each month. An electronic upload file containing order information is also created for the finance department. Vanderbilt has approximately 90 internal cores using this software. In addition, the software is used by several other institutions to whom the software has been licensed.