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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

landscape free proposals  any consolidation, the vendor landscape has shifted quite a bit over the last few years. A crop of next-generation, Web-based, on-demand, startup providers has flourished, among them BigMachines, which has seen considerable growth in the past couple of years. This concludes part 1 of a three-part series. Part 2 will explore how BigMachines' product offering addresses the emerging quote-to-order sphere.

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Sales Force Automation (SFA)

Sales Force Automation (SFA) systems help sales and marketing teams with functions related to taking orders, generating proposals or quotes, managing territories, managing partners, and maintaining contact data. Systems often include various levels of analytic and reporting capabilities. 

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A Candid Conversation with a Field Service Workforce Management Leader


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