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The Integration Factor: The Inherent Value of Best-of-Class Enterprise Solutions
Monolithic ERP systems have proved inflexible in a period of change. The cost of maintenance and modifications are often prohibitively expensive. Yet most best

example of complex problem with flowchart  Integration Factor: The Inherent Value of Best-of-Class Enterprise Solutions Monolithic ERP systems have proved inflexible in a period of change. The cost of maintenance and modifications are often prohibitively expensive. Yet most best-of-class applications generally lack strong integration tools. As a result, many companies cannot support change effectively. See how you can supplement the capabilities of your legacy ERP solutions with a flexible, innovative financial management system-and thrive

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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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