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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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PROACTIS: The Best-kept Secret in Indirect Spend Management? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced PROACTIS, a UK- and US-based specialist vendor of spend control and e-procurement solutions with accredited partners

application blog quotes  nutshell, Intelligent Capture’s key application automates  Accounts Payable (A/P)  processes by providing a platform that captures purchase invoices independent of the format they come in. The invoice documents are stored as scanned images and the invoice data is validated and cleaned before being  processed and posted  to procurement, finance, and/or ERP systems. A key theme in financial departments at the moment is  straight-through-processing (STP) , which can only be achieved with an

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Configure Price Quote (CPQ)

Configure, price, and quote (CPQ) solutions (sometimes known as quote-to-order, or Q2O, systems) help drive sales effectiveness by supporting configuration and pricing activities and the generation of quotes that occure during the sales process. CPQ solutions create accurate and professional sales quotes for complex, custom-engineered or customizable products while streamlining core processes and lowering costs. Common features of CPQ software include product catalog and pricing functionality, product visualization, and support for channel sales.  

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