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Nurturing the Cloud Ecosystem at the Acumatica Partner Summit 2014—Part One
TEC's P.J. Jakovljevic recently attended the Acumatica Partner Summit 2014 in Denver, Colorado, where the cloud ERP vendor’s partner ecosystem gathered to

axapta catalog  Solomon) and Navision (including Axapta ), and when, for whatever reason, it started relentlessly pushing Navision (now Microsoft Dynamics NAV ) at the expense of Solomon (now Microsoft Dynamics SL ). Not only did that move of volume-based selling of Navision (a la Microsoft Office or Microsoft Project ) cannibalize Solomon’s business in the region, but it also has reportedly negatively impacted all other enterprise resource planning (ERP) providers there, because of local users’ disillusionment with

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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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