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Xchange Adds To The List Of CRM Point Solutions' Casualties
Xchange's protracted troubles and its recent inglorious demise and subsequent auctioned sellout may prove the fact that the CRM point providers without a clear

buoyant materials  applications owing to then buoyant economy and the apparent need to better manage seemingly mushrooming customer bases. The appeal of marketing automation has come from its ability to tailor marketing campaigns and to track their effectiveness and control marketing costs and to perform better targeted, finer-grained, multi-stage campaigns. Having also gathered a number of high-profile early adopter customers worldwide, and enticed by then large market capitalizations, Xchange had followed suit and had

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Meeting Configure One at PlanetPTC Live 2011


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buoyant materials  there has been a buoyant market for configure, price, and quote (CPQ) application suites that automate critical sales processes for customers’ needs assessments, guided selling, and quote-to-order (Q2O) capture for configurable products with multiple valid options, variants, etc. But these are mostly business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce sales configuration systems that address strategies in achieving sustained profitable revenue growth via mass customization Read More

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ERP for Mill-based and Material Converting Environments


The ERP for Mill-based and Material Converting Environments knowledge base focuses on a range of industrial activities that add value to raw materials by processing them into a form suitable for further manufacturing or for immediate end-use. These activities include traditional mills that turn grain into flour or extract sucrose from sugar cane; the spinning and weaving mills of the textiles and carpets sectors; the rolling plants of steel, aluminum, and other metals semi-fabricators; to the continuous outputs of paper and board mills.

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Driving New Efficiencies in the Indirect Supply Chain: Procurement and Logistics Strategies for Maintenance, Repair, and Operations Supplies


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Petrochemical Manufacturing


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Case Study: Hayward


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Best Manufacturing Scheduling Systems


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