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Enterprise Applications--The Genesis and Future, Revisited Part Three: 2000s--Back to the Future
A typical ERP system indeed now offers broad functional coverage nearing the best-of-breed capabilities; vertical industry extensions; a strong technical

fourth shift jit scm  that started in the fourth quarter of 1998 and continued in full force throughout 1999 and 2000. Indications of it winding down finally surfaced late in 2000. Particularly affected was license revenue, and the market (with some honorable exceptions) was dramatically less expanding and profitable during 1999 and 2000 than in 1998, measured in the total raw dollar revenues and net income. But, the 2000s have proven to be even more adverse years in the entire enterprise applications market. Following the

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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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