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Quote-to-order: One Big, Lean Machine Adds High Tech to Its Mix
BigMachines differentiates itself in the quote-to-order (Q2O) sphere due to its solutions’ lean end-to-end, inquiry-to-order focus. Although there are other

customer inquiry to order  tailored to match distinctive customer quoting processes, which leads to custom implementation (system configuration) rather than custom programming for each customer. BigMachines' team has process expertise and experience deploying the solution across a variety of industries for the most complex applications, while its management team has experience working for the world's best and leanest companies: McKinsey & Co. , Case , Hewlett-Packard ( HP ), General Electric ( GE , with a Six Sigma Black Belt

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Quote-to-Order (Q2O) Systems

Quote-to-order (Q2O) solutions (sometimes known as configure, price, and quote or CPQ) enable manufacturers to mobilize their mass customization initiatives. These systems can reduce time-consuming quoting and ordering processes, decrease unit costs, and lower sales costs. Q2O suites can further help enterprises increase sales effectiveness across all channels. These solutions help companies that sell complex products and services shift their focus to customer-facing sales and service issues. 

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