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Paradoxes of Software Estimation
Software development has spawned an independent industry in its own right. But the processes of asking for service, offering service, and pricing are all

example of construction price quote  measures of software size: examples include lines of code, function points, use case points, object points, feature points, internet points, test points, and there may even be more. True, there are multiple measures for distance (miles and kilometers) and for weight (pounds and kilograms). But you can convert pounds into kilograms and miles into kilometers! There is no formula that says 1 use case point is equal to 1.2 function points, or anything like that! Everyone agrees that some things are not Read More
Configure Price Quote (CPQ)
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 generat...
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Will a Tool Manufacturer and a Supply Chain Software Vendor
The merger of traditional brick-and-mortar manufacturer Illinois Tool Works with Internet-based Click Commerce is puzzling, but has some method to the madness

example of construction price quote  also be significant. For example, a paper-based catalog cannot be quickly or inexpensively updated to inform customers of changes in product offerings, availability, or pricing (see Differences in Complexity between B2C and B2B E-commerce ). In addition, a manufacturer and the members of its distribution network often have limited capability to track orders, inventory, warranties, and other information (or to compile useful databases) using paper-based or semi-automated processes. These forms of Read More
Two Vendor Execs Discuss the Current B2B Pricing Market (and its Future)
Why are some companies still managing their prices with spreadsheets—and leaving their single most important profit lever to such inadequate if not harmful

example of construction price quote  the software. Here’s an example: a Lexus automobile has a number of highly complex features such as self-parking and ABS suspension, both of which are designed by brilliant scientists. The important notion is that the complexity is hidden—just as it is in our software—and Lexus makes these features easy to use for their customers. The same holds true for PROS. Our philosophy in designing software is to give users guidance, allowing them to preserve control and make decisions that enable them to Read More
Meeting Configure One at PlanetPTC Live 2011
My recent attendance of the PlanetPTC Live 2011 event was a great learning experience. Look for an article with my impressions on the conference and on PTC’s

example of construction price quote  all different channels. For example, BigMachines supports effective dates in the platform. For some customer use cases, it uses data tables to accomplish what the customer desires. Yet, the true origin of such data should come from an engineering-oriented application (configurator). I concur with the assertion by Gartner in its recent “MarketScope for Configuration, Price, Quote Application Suites” report, where Configure One receives a Promising rating for functional breadth, experience with ATO and Read More
Front-to-back-office Integration: Improving Your Customer Life Cycle Management
Research shows that back-office connectivity is not addressed by many customer relationship management (CRM) solutions@meaning, customer data cannot be shared

example of construction price quote  (diagram below) is an example of where these issues can arise: Given the number of potential parties involved in the quote-to-cash cycle including account management, sales order processing, shipping, and accounts receivable errors or omissions at any stage in the process can be costly and time-consuming. Additionally, front-office staff, such as account managers or customer service agents, may struggle to provide order status updates to their customers because of limited visibility to the transactional Read More
Viewpoint Construction Software
Learn how Viewpoint Construction Software used Clientele to combine its different databases into one common customer database that is customized to fit the

example of construction price quote  Construction Software Learn how Viewpoint Construction Software used Clientele to combine its different databases into one common customer database that is customized to fit the unique needs of the company. Read More
University of Kentucky Leveraging SAP HANA to Lead the Way in Use of Analytics in Higher Education


example of construction price quote  of Kentucky Leveraging SAP HANA to Lead the Way in Use of Analytics in Higher Education Read More
Types of Project Management Communication: Part One of a Three-part Series
As with almost every business activity, the importance of communication cannot be overstated when managing projects. Examining the various phases of project

example of construction price quote  perhaps relate to my example. The other day my wife was speaking with our teenage daughter about an incident that occurred at my daughter’s school and how she felt she was unjustly treated by the librarian. My daughter arrives at school early in the morning, about 30 minutes before school begins, and she likes to use this time to read her notes and finalize any assignments she has at the library. The previous librarian would also arrive early, and she would accommodate my daughter and other students by Read More
New Destinies: Stories of Outcomes Sensed, Predicted, and Changed in the World of the New Business Imperative
Remember 10 years ago, or maybe just 5, you used to have the luxury to think about your decisions. Not anymore. New rules apply to the global business

example of construction price quote  Destinies: Stories of Outcomes Sensed, Predicted, and Changed in the World of the New Business Imperative Remember 10 years ago, or maybe just 5, you used to have the luxury to think about your decisions. Not anymore. New rules apply to the global business environment. Those who choose real-time business intelligence are likely to gain the insight and agility to measure risk and reward in an instant—and move forward. Destiny is no longer in the hands of fate. It’s determined now, in a second. New Read More
Voice of Customer: Using Customer Actions That Speak
Traditional voice of customer (VoC) analytics for understanding and predicting customer behavior relies on two types of data sources—structured (customer

example of construction price quote  of Customer: Using Customer Actions That Speak Traditional voice of customer (VoC) analytics for understanding and predicting customer behavior relies on two types of data sources—structured (customer feedback surveys, focus groups, etc.) and unstructured (blogs, forums, etc.). Data is then organized for use by diverse teams across an organization. Read about how companies can use data captured from customer actions or on-board diagnostic (OBD) systems for VoC analytics. Read More
The Best of Both Worlds: Gain Flexibility through Multiple Models of Software Delivery
Lower IT costs, faster return on investment (ROI), and better security@just a few of the promises the software-as-a-service (SaaS) business model makes. SaaS

example of construction price quote  Best of Both Worlds: Gain Flexibility through Multiple Models of Software Delivery Lower IT costs, faster return on investment (ROI), and better security—just a few of the promises the software-as-a-service (SaaS) business model makes. SaaS can help small-to-medium businesses manage customer service and support cost-effectively. But there are a few concerns to consider if you’re thinking of an on-demand service. A vendor that offers the best of both on-demand and on-premise solutions may be the Read More
Development of an Internet Payment Processing System
This article describes the author's experience with the development of the first Yugoslav Internet payment processing system. The system's architecture is very

example of construction price quote  goods and services). An example of such application is Atlantik ( http://www.atlantik.co.yu ), an on-line betting company. System Users There are three types of users in the system described in this article: Besides purchasing goods and services on the Internet, card holders may view information about their card accounts using the portal of the Internet payment processing company. This information includes account balance, previous payments, and history of accesses to the account information (for security Read More
Quote-to-order: A Newcomer Causes a Stir in the Market
A crop of next-generation, Web-based, on-demand, startup quote-to-order systems providers has lately flourished, spearheaded by BigMachines, whereas some

example of construction price quote  (Q2O) space, including historical examples to show why the market is increasingly demand driven. Part one summed up by making general observations as to how Q2O software solution vendors have addressed the market, and about the additional features and functionalities they will need to incorporate as demand shifts. Now it's time to take a look at one of those high-flying newcomer providers: enter BigMachines, Inc. ( www.bigmachines.com ), a rapidly growing company founded in 1999, and with North American Read More
Best-of-Breed Versus Complete CAD-PLM Suites: The Debate Rages On
The PLM world is currently witness to fervent debate on the most appropriate type of PLM/CAD software. Best-of-breed solutions offer the needed capabilities and

example of construction price quote  of-Breed Versus Complete CAD-PLM Suites: The Debate Rages On The PLM world is currently witness to fervent debate on the most appropriate type of PLM/CAD software. Best-of-breed solutions offer the needed capabilities and hence integrate the necessary software modules as per the customer’s needs, whereas all-in-one CAD/PLM suites attempt a “one size fits all” approach. In his report, TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic provides his view on the intricacies of these two approaches. Read More

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