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drive select boot  speed users’ productivity and drive leaner results. Both offerings are available beginning with the EnterpriseIQ 6.6 version and come free of charge as part of the normal maintenance update process. Smart Page provides an intuitive enterprise portal that allows users to create customizable views (in multiple Web browsers ) of all key ERP functions, report requirements, e-mail notification, key performance indicators (KPIs ), and more - all in one place. As an easy-to-navigate role-tailored screen,

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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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