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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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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

free coverletter equipment quote  and proposals, and send error-free orders to ERP systems or order entry personnel. As for Oracle, its multi-channel offerings allow organizations to manage and coordinate all customer interactions across the Web, contact center, field sales/service force, branch/retail network, and indirect and partner distribution channels. The same press release adds that [t]he integration of BigMachines with Siebel [Oracle] CRM On Demand allows users to populate quotes and orders directly with Siebel [Oracle] CRM cu

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Configure Price Quote (CPQ) Software Evaluation Report

This comprehensive Configure Price Quote (CPQ) Software Evaluation Report covers the full range of CPQ functionality. If your business is facing increasingly complex product configurations, CPQ solutions can do more than create accurate and professional sales quotes: they can open the door to significantly increased sales and revenues.  

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Quote-to-order: New Ingredients in the Recipe for Success


Quote-to-order (Q2O) systems can address the increasing demand for personalized and customized products. Complex product specification, quoting, and ordering processes—as well as the software applications catering to those processes—can benefit from the use of the Web, collaboration tools, and lean thinking.

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Stemming the Loss of Knowledge Capital: A Business Fix for Manufacturers


The clock is ticking for manufacturers to come up with a solution to the ongoing loss of knowledge capital. Their best hope lies in introducing knowledge management strategies across the enterprise—before it’s too late.

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Are PLM and Global Sourcing Related? Duh, And How! (Part I)


A number of TEC blog posts have discussed benefits but also the inevitable caveats of white papers (including all too common vendors' self-serving marketing fluff and buzzword verbiage), and about their (un)intended audiences. These posts have even caused some heated debates with other blogging sites and experts on white papers, and I am going to stay away from all that here. My intention here

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Intuitive Manufacturing Systems Shows Maturity in Adolescent Age Part One: Company Overview


Having reached its first decade of existence, Intuitive Manufacturing Systems, a stealth mid-market ERP provider, has long taken the plunge of rewriting its system onto the pure Microsoft .NET managed code framework, which might bear fruits in the long run, if not immediately.

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Dental Equipment Manufacturer Selects IFS Applications 8


Dürr Dental AG, a Germany-based family-owned manufacturer of a wide range of dental equipment, tools, and hygiene products, has conducted an ERP selection project

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How to Optimize Your Inventory and Free Your Capital


Inventory optimization enables companies to improve the performance of both the supply and maintenance functions. Your inventory optimization solution should not only identify optimal holdings of each item, but do so automatically—and analyze usage, as well as adjust stock holdings and reordering points on an ongoing basis. Find out how inventory optimization can help you reduce downtime and increase productivity.

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Oracle Boosting Its Sales Cloud with BigMachines Buy


In a matter of days, the cloud-based configure, price, quote (CPQ)/quote to order (Q2O) market has lost its leading vendors to bigger software companies: PROS Holdings, Inc. acquired Cameleon Software, Infor acquired TDCI, and CallidusCloud acquired Webcom Inc. Now Oracle has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire BigMachines, the cloud-based CPQ market leader. Like its peer

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Saint-Gobain Semiconductor Equipment Improves Efficiencies with Sage ERP X3 Discrete


Formed by a merger, Saint-Gobain Semiconductor Equipment decided to replace its dual systems with a single application that could handle many users, but be supported by just five people. Sage ERP X3 was chosen for its enterprise-wide capabilities, ability to interface with SAP general ledger software, and ability to accommodate a large concurrent user population on a single client/server system.

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Top 6 Reasons Why Revvy CPQ Outperforms Sequential Rules Engines


The real strength of a great configure, price, quote (CPQ) solution lies in its seeming simplicity. In order to corral complexity, most CPQ solutions on the market today use simple sequential rules engines as the backbone for their solutions. But a simpler and more elegant solution exists that delivers better results and significantly reduces the administrative effort required to create and to keep rules up to date.

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Case Study: Chief Moves Up a Gear With Cincom Quote-to-order Solution


Established in 1991, Chief is the leading French supplier of cold-storage units. With revenues of €40 million (EUR), it distributes products from three production sites. Given the complexity of Chief’s operations and the specific nature of its customers’ requirements—including hundreds of thousands of possible combinations for each unit—Chief decided to deploy an interactive selling and product configuration solution.

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