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NetSuite ERP TEC Certified in Discrete Manufacturing ERP
TEC is pleased to announce that NetSuite ERP is now TEC Certified for discrete manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) under TEC’s ERP Evaluation

dss customer focus  3402 Audit Completed, PCI DSS, Safe Harbor 2 automated upgrades per year for every customer (via patented rollout process) Ability to customize without getting into software version lock NetSuite is also the only ERP cloud vendor that makes its uptime statistics available to the world, 24/7 at this link . NetSuite ERP supports manufacturers with a focus on five key areas as shown in the diagram below: One critical area where NetSuite shines is in providing a solution that helps an organization attain

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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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