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ERP Systems and the ETO Manufacturing Market Part Two: ETO versus Repetitive Differences
ETO-oriented (engineer-to-order) systems must facilitate the near real time transfer of information and complex product knowledge for collaboration across the

difference between quote proposal  There is a huge difference between winning business and winning business that is profitable to accept and that is a win-win situation for both the customer and the provider. On the other hand, in almost all industrial manufacturing segments, the pressure to reduce lead times has become a constant and ever-expanding concern. Depending on product complexity, some parts or sub-assemblies might be quoted immediately, while others have to be highly specified. Developing a contract proposal requires many

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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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