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How To Write a Winning Proposal
Your proposal should prove your case, and motivate the client to buy your services or applications. But all too often, reading a proposal is almost as painfully

how to right a quote  services, but never mention how those products and services will help the client solve a business problem or close an important gap? Does the proposal writer believe that facts alone are enough to motivate a prospect to say yes ? Winning proposals must be client centered, not company- or product-centered. Most people buy because they're looking for solutions to pressing problems, additional resources to close gaps, or the means to cope with difficult issues. What this means is that a proposal is not 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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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

how to right a quote  valve layouts) that show how different systems connect. According to a BigMachines press release from January 2008 , users can standardize on the BigMachines platform across multiple divisions of the company, as Fike Corporation found, to improve collaboration between field and internal sales teams, representatives, and distributors, and to improve customer service by ensuring their sales teams deliver more accurate orders and professional proposals to their customers. The press release goes on to say Read More...
Quote-to-order: The Major Players in the Manufacturing Arena
The latest generation of quote-to-order systems uses knowledge-based software to help reduce an organization’s dependence on its highly skilled experts. The

how to right a quote  processes, and if so, how can this be achieved practically. Often the objective is to implement a multichannel and multiphase strategy, where customers or agents can use the Internet for self-service product specification. But this often needs to be fed through salespeople, technical support personnel, or third-party channels for follow-up activities, such as pricing and commercial negotiation. To that end, Cincom provides Q2O best practices so that the customer can benchmark its quintessential 10 Q2O Read More...
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

how to right a quote  Williams's book entitled Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything , there is a perfect storm (or category six business revolution ) in the market owing to Internet generation demographics, broadband pipes, and networks going on everywhere in the global playing field. The mass collaboration phenomenon is the direct result of many online collaboration tools being readily available for shared innovation and development, forums and knowledge bases, and peer production. In fact, collaboration Read More...
The Basics of Quote-to-order Systems
Global competition means more choice for consumers and increasing customer demands. Manufacturers and distributors must develop a better understanding of what

how to right a quote  address the question of how this can be done given that conventional catalogs or conventional programming languages cannot easily capture and convey the immense and ever-changing knowledge about complex products and associated processes. Another emerging trend is the desire to provide customer and user self-service capabilities. To that end, it is important that deployed solutions can address such capabilities without necessitating the purchasing and stitching together of different solutions. Of course, Read More...
Frontstep (Nee Symix Systems) A Step Closer To A Turnaround
While Frontstep reported its fourth consecutive loss in Q2 2001, which was also the first quarter the company operated under the new name, the latest license

how to right a quote  has been figuring out how to facilitate adoption of e-business by the manufacturing and distributing industry. Manufacturers and distributors have traditionally not been early technology adopters, although they should benefit from e-business and front office functionality. Mid-market companies increasingly have been looking for a single source that can cover their core back office system and extend the existing applications to both customers and suppliers. This would maximize their investment and reduce 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 right a quote  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...
Q: Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Billionaire? A: Baan -- Foster Care for Its Orphans Needed As Well
Baan Co. interim chief executive Pierre Everaert said he could not rule out a takeover of the troubled Dutch business-management software group. We hereby

how to right a quote  is hard to envisage how it can survive without being taken over. The company has little hope of regaining, under its own steam, the customers and share price it has lost. It is nonetheless an ungrateful job to speculate who would be the most likely buyer willing to inherit Baan's dowry. The overriding problem has been the gradual emergence of a negative aura around the company. This has led to a downward spiral that has become uncontrollable, as viability of the vendor is of utmost importance in the ERP Read More...
Move from a
While the role of IT in product development and sales has increased tremendously, a disconnect remains between the IT and business sides of an organization

how to right a quote  tangible business value. Learn how. Read More...
Baan Seeking A New Foster Home -- A Déjà vu Or Not Quite? Part Two: Baan Under Invensys
Baan's phase under Invensys, after a turbulent three years that have seen considerable people, market and technology change, and considerable worthwhile

how to right a quote  inexperienced in the 1990s. However, still with more than 1,000 R&D employees (that were unaffected by the multiple waves of restructuring) enhancing the product quality and functionality, Baan may stand a chance to renew customer confidence in the mid-market discrete manufacturing enterprise applications market. Baan also claims that monthly surveys show that customer satisfaction is up nearly 50% in over two years since the company was acquired by Invensys, during which period, Baan also added ~400 Read More...
App Development in a Mobile World: A CIO Handbook
As a senior stakeholder driving mobile initiatives in your organization, you may be lost in a sea of technologies and claims from vendors promising rapid

how to right a quote  and available resources. Know how to develop, deploy, maintain your mobile apps and create an effective mobile strategy for your organization. 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 right a quote  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...
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog post series followed the progress of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan

how to right a quote  into prospects' operations and show with their own numbers where RedPrairie solutions can save them costs and generate the greatest ROI. The vendor’s teams have also used this with existing customers to demonstrate where adding addition capabilities can extend the value and ROI of their RedPrairie investment. Along similar lines is MORE or Manhattan’s Optimized Roadmap to Excellence program. But the gist of the matter is that JDA and RedPrairie are able to support more SCM roles with their solution Read More...

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