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What Can Pure CPQ Vendors Do Now?
For a few years now, pundits have opined that the quote-to-order (Q2O)/configure, price, quote (CPQ) realm is not sustainable as a standalone enterprise

bridge contract acquisition  management as the natural bridge for CPQ providers who could leverage the vendor’s big data management capabilities. The client vendor did not move forward with those recommendations (including a related renaming suggestion) and stayed with a CPQ-centric strategy, though today’s market drivers and the clear reordering of priorities to what some call the SMAC stack (social, mobile, analytics, cloud) make it clear that the company had been given good and prescient advice four years ago. (At least the

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Engineer-to-Order (ETO ERP)

The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today’s leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, and human resources). Many systems include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, solutions that were formerly considered peripheral such as product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), and reporting. During the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers' IT technology with their business strategies, and subsequent software selection. 

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