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How To Write a Winning Proposal
Your proposal should prove your case, and motivate the client to buy your services or applications. But all too often, reading a proposal is almost as painfully

create a proposal  information technology have to create client-centered, persuasive proposals. What Goes into a Winning Proposal? Your objective in writing a proposal is to provide your client with enough information—persuasively presented information—to prove your case and motivate the client to buy your services or applications. That sounds pretty straightforward. So why do the vast majority of proposals start out with the vendor's company history? Does the author believe there is something so fundamentally

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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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Success Keys for Proposal Automation


Proposal writing has become a common requirement throughout the entire business world. And for many sales people, they are a necessary evil. If you're thinking about automating your proposal process, there are ten critical success keys to a successful implementation.

create a proposal  proposal automation software, you create consistent, winning proposals in minutes. Success Keys for Proposal Automation If you're thinking about automating your proposal process, here are ten critical success keys that result in successful implementations. If you're not thinking about it ... well, maybe you should. 1. Must have an easy, intuitive user interface Software that's hard to use becomes shelfware. Nobody wants to use a tool that makes the job harder. And most sales people won't read the Read More

Quote-to-order: A Newcomer Causes a Stir in the Market


A crop of next-generation, Web-based, on-demand, startup quote-to-order systems providers has lately flourished, spearheaded by BigMachines, whereas some traditional vendors that once defined the product configuration space in the 1990s have since left the market.

create a proposal  that enable customers to create and edit complex configuration and guided selling rules from a single window with enhanced layout and UI generation capabilities. To make it easier to integrate with other applications and web services, BigMachines LFE 7.0 extended BigMachines Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) with additional web service interfaces. Customers can now receive quicker turnaround for customer support by contacting BigMachines directly through a Customer Support portal with online case Read More

BI Analysis in a Nutshell: Lyzasoft


In my previous post, Give BI to the Masses, I wrote about the strategies that have been implemented in some companies to empower more and more users to use business intelligence (BI) tools as part of their regular daily tasks. This extends not only to decision makers and to those in charge of knowledge management,  but also to company-wide use. This has the potential to generate very different

create a proposal  with the ability to create reports and analytics directly in your meeting, for example. Another service offered by Lyza is “Lyza Commons.” This service allows Lyza to work in a workgroup environment. However, this feature is currently only available for Windows. In summary, this application seems to work well and opens another interesting approach to bringing BI tools to a greater variety of users. Despite the fact that the application works well, there are some points to consider. Lyza does not take Read More

Selecting an ERP Solution: a Guide


Looking for the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) package for your small to medium business (SMB) can be a daunting task. A fair amount of information is available about the actual software packages, but there is little advice on how to choose the right one. Learn strategies for a successful software selection—from initial requirements gathering, to evaluation, selection, and final implementation.

create a proposal  of that much-needed guidance. Create a selection committee The first step in choosing an ERP package is to establish a software selection committee. Members of this committee should be decision makers in the organization representing all relevant departments. Here are guidelines to follow: Elect a committee leader. Don’t make the mistake of equating software to just IT. Choosing an ERP package is a business decision, not an IT decision. IT does play a supporting role, however. But the leader must have Read More

A Veteran Enterprise Resource Planning Vendor Makes a SaaS-y Statement


Glovia International has launched the first full-fledged and versatile, manufacturing-oriented solution that is an on-demand, enterprise resource planning software-as-a-service application. Its solution is good news for small and medium businesses in more ways than one.

create a proposal  whereby Glovia International was created. However, following a few years of disappointing results, Glovia was fully acquired from the UK-based former MDIS (now Northgate ) in February 2000 by major shareholder Fujitsu (see GLOVIA to be Resuscitated (Hopefully) ). After several years of focusing on the manufacturing and field service-oriented, upper mid-market as the Chess division of former MDIS, Glovia, as a part of Fujitsu, has since regrouped substantially. Leveraging its sharp focus and expertise Read More

Baan E-Commerce: a Wing, a Prayer & a Single Platform


Baan hopes e-Enterprise will put them on the e-commerce map.

create a proposal  the manufacturing comfort zone. Create or link to a digital marketplace allowing customers to benefit from mass purchasing capabilities. Define and publish a long-term e-business plan. User Recommendations For new clients considering Baan's complete product offerings keep in mind this company is in trouble. We suggest you evaluate the features, price, and corporate viability of all vendors before making a selection. For existing Baan clients, we suggest keeping the E-Enterprise solution on your long Read More

6 Key Elements-A Guide to Delivering a Consistent Outstanding Customer Experience in the Contact Centre and Beyond


Customers are the lifeblood of any business, and receiving quality customer service is a major factor in their purchasing decisions. There are six key elements that can help distinguish your organization’s product or service from your competitors. By applying these key elements, you can unlock the lifetime value of your customers and build an outstanding referral platform for future growth.

create a proposal  Agents Key #3 - Create a Single View of the Customer Key #4 - Customer Process Management Drives Efficiency Key #5 - Leverage the Internet with Care Key #6 - Apply Meaningful Metrics When applied together as a cohesive solution, these key elements enable an organisation to unlock the lifetime value of their customers and build an outstanding referral platform for future growth. Key #1 - Customer Culture is Crucial When creating an outstanding customer experience, technology can go a long way towards Read More

A Candid Conversation with a Field Service Workforce Management Leader


ClickSoftware, rooted in field service workforce scheduling and optimization, provides automated workforce management and optimization solutions, on-demand and on-premise, creating business value through higher productivity, customer satisfaction, and operational efficiency. Its patented concept of “continuous planning and scheduling” covers the entire service lifecycle management realm. TEC presents a candid Q&A session.

create a proposal  both on-demand and on-premise, creates business value through higher levels of productivity, customer satisfaction, and operational efficiency. Thus, despite the challenging macro environment, ClickSoftware has lately achieved strong growth across almost all metrics, such as increasing revenues, greater non- Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) net earnings, and expanding cash reserves. These results demonstrate the strong value proposition that the company brings to its customers in this Read More

Will a Tool Manufacturer and a Supply Chain Software Vendor "Click" in Matrimony?


The merger of traditional brick-and-mortar manufacturer Illinois Tool Works with Internet-based Click Commerce is puzzling, but has some method to the madness. Only time will tell how easily and tightly their tools will "click" with each other.

create a proposal  a Tool Manufacturer and a Supply Chain Software Vendor Click in Matrimony? Event Summary Mergers and acquisitions ( M&As) in the enterprise applications arena are certainly not uncommon. In fact, when a single day goes by without an intra-market acquisition announcement, a market observer might even start feeling out of sorts. Neither it is uncommon to hear about manufacturers of, say, automotive parts, construction supplies, or food service equipment acquiring an enterprise system's software Read More

Planning for a Financials Implementation: How To Avoid a Nosebleed


Because of the risks inherent in any financial implementation, it’s essential to get back to business basics. These implementations need to be understood and planned for. Thus, there are a few premises that must be addressed in the planning stages of a financials implementation. If these premises are followed in a disciplined manner, the nosebleed of implementation can be avoided.

create a proposal  for a Financials Implementation: How To Avoid a Nosebleed Because of the risks inherent in any financial implementation, it’s essential to get back to business basics. These implementations need to be understood and planned for. Thus, there are a few premises that must be addressed in the planning stages of a financials implementation. If these premises are followed in a disciplined manner, the nosebleed of implementation can be avoided. Read More

J.D. Edwards - A Collaboration Thought Leader Or A Disguised ERP Follower? Part 2: Evaluating J.D. Edwards


Like most of its peers, J.D. Edwards is hoping to rebound by focusing on Internet collaboration and extended-ERP applications. The company has also differentiated itself from competitors by embedding Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) into its OneWorld product. While J.D. Edwards' move into the EAI arena is indisputably risky, we commend its determination to bite the bullet and include integration systems into the core product offering. However, we also believe that managing this large application portfolio, much of which involves partnering or extensive integration and customization, will be cumbersome. Part 2 presents an evaluat

create a proposal  acquisitions and alliances has created the clutter of many different applications that still require true integration, for which completion is expected only during the first half of 2001. While the company's product migration strategy has been technologically successful, this has not been the case regarding the product functionality. In the last 18 months, J.D. Edwards spent a hefty amount of its R&D expenses on resolving quality inconsistencies, missed functionality, poor performance, and Web-enablement Read More

A Quiet ERP Vendor Merger That’s Worth a Closer Look


The CMS Software-XKO Software merger into Solarsoft Business Solutions offers proof that smaller enterprise resource planning vendors are not extinct yet. Perhaps in the grand scheme of things, no one should really care about such events, but these less well-known vendors haven’t said their last words yet.

create a proposal  announced their merger to create a more notable international ERP entity, if not a true force in the global enterprise applications arena. One of the merging parties was privately held, Toronto (Canada)-based CMS Software ( http://www.cmssoftware.com ), which had, since 1986, been a respected supplier of ERP systems to midsize manufacturers, distributors, and wholesalers in the US and Canada. In the last two decades, the vendor had built a good reputation within certain market segments for its vertical Read More

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create a proposal  a PLM Solution: Addressing the Needs of a Small Business Today's accelerated pace of product development, product and supplier dynamics, and manufacturing and engineering outsourcing make it more and more difficult to meet product launch goals on time and under budgetOmnify Software supplies a single, secure location to manage all of the essential information for designing, manufacturing and supporting your products and enhances visibility into all aspects of product development.. Source: Read More

A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 3


Part 1 of this blog post series followed the progress of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan was the epitome of a well-managed supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Indeed, the company set the industry standard for the

create a proposal  did is the following: Create great opportunities to reinvigorate the Manugistics base through JDA's commitment and investment; Leverage the solid and highly scalable Manugistics architecture as the go-forward platform for JDA; Expand JDA's ability to address the end-to-end supply chain from retailer all the way back through the manufacturer/supplier, and Provide the combined market leadership and leverage--opening up greater retail sector leverage and opportunity for Manugistics and a greater Read More