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Software as a Service beyond Customer Relationship Management and Sales
Applications are more often outsourced than infrastructure, and this is increasingly done through software as a service (SaaS). Vendors such as WebEx, Webcom

big machines cpq  Selectica , Firepond , Big Machines , Access Commerce , etc., but without the highly involved and lengthy implementations typically associated with implementing these products on the customer site. One should, however, note that some of these competitors have been AppExchange participants, which indicates they also have SaaS prowess. The CPQ product, nevertheless, represents one of over thirty new partner-developed applications available via Salesforce.com's AppExchange (and linked by Web services), and

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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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