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5-step CRM Software Selection Guide: A Pragmatist’s Guide to CRM Software Selections
Selecting a new enterprise customer relationship management (CRM) solution is an undertaking that requires careful planning and managed execution. And in fact

how to prepare a quote proposal  what to evaluate and how to evaluate in a structured manner. Beyond the software there are a number of other factors that also need to be considered. Some of the most important considerations are outlined on the following page. Alternative Software Deployment Models Over the last 5 years the business application software industry has gone through a transition (some claim “transformation”) moving toward new delivery models based on “software as a service”. A little history may help here. A Read More...
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...
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Leveraging 3-D for Sales Automation
Product knowledge is now readily available to buyers online, so it’s no surprise that salespeople are seeking new tools and new skills to close sales. A

how to prepare a quote proposal  help sales teams identify how to align customers' needs with the right product data; provide accurate, functioning 3-D prototypes; and generate accurate proposals. Timely and sophisticated tools that maximize design reuse, automate release management, and streamline the change order process are the keys. Such systems, which combine product configurations, industry issues, simulations, and virtual prototypes, are emerging to arm salespeople with material and collateral that are helpful to prepare for and Read More...
Who the Heck Needs ROI?
Ten common errors prevent return on investment (ROI) calculations from being used as much or as well as possible. Avoiding intuitive decision making and basing

how to prepare a quote proposal  in training business analysts how to improve their requirements discovery on projects that had been initiated through a formal project approval process that included ROI. The analysts learned valuable skills, but were limited in their ability to apply them. Our own analysis revealed that the analysts were repeatedly put into projects that inadvertently constricted the analysts' ability to define solutions that provided sufficient value. Long before analysts became involved, projects were already being Read More...
The Challenge to Achieve Perfect Order Management
Superior order management can provide you with a competitive edge across the board. To move closer to order perfection and a truly loyal customer base, you must

how to prepare a quote proposal  understanding their markets and how to better meet customer needs. Chemicals and plastics companies are finding that getting infinitely closer to the future customer and end user ' who may be a few sales away ' is critical if they are to shift from commodities to products and product/service packages that differentiate themselves in the market. While business customers demand more of their suppliers, consumers leverage the Internet to comparison shop. They have also discovered online product configuring, Read More...
Leveraging 3-D for Sales Automation
It’s no longer acceptable for salespeople to respond to customers’ inquiries with “I’ll get back to you.” In the time it takes to respond, a competitor with

how to prepare a quote proposal  help sales teams identify how to align customers' needs with the right product data; provide accurate, functioning 3-D prototypes; and generate accurate proposals. Timely and sophisticated tools that maximize design reuse, automate release management, and streamline the change order process are the keys. Such systems, which combine product conigurations, industry issues, simulations, and virtual prototypes, are emerging to arm salespeople with material and collateral that are helpful to prepare for and Read More...
Facing A Selection? Try A Knowledge-Based Matchmaker Part 4: User Recommendations
This tutorial identifies the significance of researching technology vendors to both buyers and vendors/VARs. Buyers require research to determine the short

how to prepare a quote proposal  a four-part tutorial on how to effectively streamline the ERP selection process. Read More...
It’s a Portal...AND It;s a Gateway
AOL has partnered with Gateway to develop a line of Internet-ready Linux desktop appliances based on the Netscape 6 browser.

how to prepare a quote proposal  appliances will start to show up, gift-wrapped, during the 2000 holidays. Add another voice to the Peloponnesian chorus of users clamoring for remote Web access to corporate e-mail and applications. Read More...
ILM as a Journey: Moving Towards Storage as a Service
Technology decision-making in larger organizations is about making existing IT platforms as efficient as possible. However, there are weaknesses in the day-to

how to prepare a quote proposal  we are today—and of how much further there is to go. Read More...
How to Use Technology to Support the Lean Enterprise: Achieving Profitable Growth through Lean
Many competitive businesses are implementing “lean” initiatives to expose and attack waste and setting goals for continuous improvement through Six Sigma

how to prepare a quote proposal  to Use Technology to Support the Lean Enterprise: Achieving Profitable Growth through Lean Many competitive businesses are implementing “lean” initiatives to expose and attack waste and setting goals for continuous improvement through Six Sigma principles. Consensus is growing that technology is key for successful lean initiatives. This white paper defines addresses the impact lean initiatives have on profitability and considers the role of information technology (IT) in enabling lean initiatives. Read More...
Vox Populi: What Does a Day in the Life of a Regular Business User Look Like?
Vox populi is Latin for “voice of the people”– in broadcasting and television, they use the

how to prepare a quote proposal  applications as opposed to how it would look if you decided to use their solutions. Here’s an example (tongue-in-cheek for the purposes of exposition): If you don’t have the software… 1. … your car will not start in the morning, 2. … and you will be late for the monthly meeting with your boss… 3. … and you can therefore say goodbye to your promotion… 4. … which makes you forget about lunch with your spouse… 5. …. who gets upset and gives you a “lecture” on the phone 6. (while Read More...
Ross Systems - A Bright Spot On A Difficult Enterprise Application Landscape
Ross is among a very small group of vendors who have decided to build product exclusively for the process market. The resultant financial success should buy it

how to prepare a quote proposal  of this market and how Ross can meet their needs. The Ross toolset has proven to be an advantage to both Ross and their customers. It has allowed them to transition to a browser-based product with the minimum of effort. The Ross toolset has allowed customers to move through the changes in technical environments, from 'green screen' via client/server to browser based applications without obsolescing its applications. Customers who have chosen to use the Ross tool set to extend or modify their application Read More...
From Right Brain to Retail: Cutting Time-to-market with PLM
Apparel companies have to cut their lead times in half if they want to stay competitive—a difficult task without the right product lifecycle management (PLM

how to prepare a quote proposal  white paper, you’ll discover how PLM solutions can help your company achieve faster time-to-market. And you’ll learn how integrating PLM with your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system maximizes the capabilities of both. Read More...
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog post series followed the genesis of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan

how to prepare a quote proposal  not yet figured out how to improve its sales holistically. The current economic environment seems more friendly towards recognized best-of-breed point SCM solutions that are easy to implement and result in quick payback. Thus, I think that Manhattan has had only limited success with Evant in light of about 80 replenishment customers, especially due to only budding install bases in planning and forecasting.  One reason is the fact that former Evant was never a major SCP player and was not able to Read More...
Scala Shows Far More Than A Bit Of A Backbone Part 3: Challenges and User Recommendations
Although the value proposition offered by Scala should bode well to creating increased demand and acceptance of the Scala offering in the global SME market

how to prepare a quote proposal  Shows Far More Than A Bit Of A Backbone Part 3: Challenges and User Recommendations Scala Shows Far More Than A Bit Of A Backbone Part 3: Challenges and User Recommendations P.J. Jakovljevic - August 8, 2002 Challenges At the beginning of July, Scala Business Solutions (ASE: SCALA; www.scala.net), an Amsterdam, the Netherlands-based provider of collaborative ERP software for mid-size enterprises and subsidiaries of global corporations, launched a number of initiatives to defend its turf by providing Read More...

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