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BigMachines: Getting Bigger and Better - Part II
Part I of this blog post series talked about my encounter with BigMachines, a provider of slick software-as-a-service (SaaS) configure, price, and quote (CPQ

f part 8  Last but not least, f rom May 2009 BigMachines has been offering its quoting and configuration platform for Microsoft Dynamics CRM  with the first joint customer onboard. The vendor has dedicated personnel for all the “big three” CRM providers, which is unmatched by its competitors at this stage. Compared to most of its competitors, BigMachines also has superior global resources with reputed services, support, and high-performance operations. Its infrastructure is hosted at  NaviSite  and  Savvis

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Tools exist to support software testing at all stages of a project. Some vendors offer an integrated suite that will support testing and development throughout a project's life, from gathering requirements to supporting the live system. Some vendors concentrate on a single part of that life cycle. The software test tools knowledge base provides functional criteria you might expect from a testing tool, the infrastructure that supports the tool, and an idea of the market position of the vendor.  

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Compiere ERP Becomes Part of Consona


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