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Q2O Systems: Solutions for Quotation Management and Pricing Configuration
Quote-to-order systems include quotation management and pricing configuration solutions. Pricing configuration engines automate pricing and quoting processes

how to write a response to a quotation  of well-defined restrictions on how the component types can be combined. Interactive guided selling systems that are externally focused, stand-alone, or interfaced to ERP systems can help here. These systems typically have separate engines for engineering BOM (leveraging selection rules) and sales BOM (leveraging constraint rules), with some wizard-based capability to create and maintain rules. The typical output from these systems is quotes, orders, and BOMs, with a data-level integration with other

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