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BigMachines: Getting Bigger and Better - Part I
I recently attended Gartner’s CRM Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona (US). During the conference, I bumped into several old acquaintances who are working for

briefing books  for an in-person update briefing during a lunch break at the CRM Summit, and I'll go into the latest developments at BigMachines over the last 12 months or so. But before analyzing these events at BigMachines, let me explain why such CRM-oriented solutions are needed at all. While TEC’s previous article “The Complexities of Quote-to-order and Possible Solutions”  goes to great lengths to explain the typical conundrums of selling  mass customized  products via multiple channels, what follows now

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