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 definition of customer facing vendors


Customer Relationship Manufacturing: the Symbiosis of Sales and Manufacturing
The departments within a company are like the children in a family: the owner, chief executive officer (CEO), or any other decision maker in the company, has a

definition of customer facing vendors  sharing, as well as definition and implementation of workflows, which will make everyone’s work easier and ultimately more efficient. How Do You Differentiate between Regular CRM and Manufacturing CRM? There are vendors who offer a special kind of customer relationship management (CRM), called CRM for manufacturing. Some of them are: Empower CRM , Pivotal CRM , Infor CRM , Microsoft Dynamics CRM , Sage CRM , and Plex . As you probably noticed, most, if not all, of them also offer enterprise resource

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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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