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BigMachines: Getting Bigger and Better - Part II
Part I of this blog post series talked about my encounter with BigMachines, a provider of slick software-as-a-service (SaaS) configure, price, and quote (CPQ

acquisition of bigmachines  an acceptable CAC (customer acquisition cost) ratio. For example, an unacceptable CAC of less than 0.5 would mean that it takes over two years to recoup the cost of acquiring a new customer. For example, Webcom is a much smaller company with no venture capital involved, and its CAC is much higher than BigMachines’ despite having only about 60 customers. In addition to  its flagship WebSource CPQ offering , the “shoestring budget” vendor has meanwhile even delivered another product line,

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