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Scala and Microsoft Become (Not So) Strange CRM Bedfellows
The Scala and Microsoft alliance in the CRM arena has merits of mutual benefits, particularly in the short to medium term, but due to vacillating motives of the

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Configure Price Quote (CPQ)

Configure, price, and quote (CPQ) solutions (sometimes known as quote-to-order, or Q2O, systems) help drive sales effectiveness by supporting configuration and pricing activities and the generation of quotes that occure during the sales process. CPQ solutions create accurate and professional sales quotes for complex, custom-engineered or customizable products while streamlining core processes and lowering costs. Common features of CPQ software include product catalog and pricing functionality, product visualization, and support for channel sales.  

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SAP Case Study: AZ Electronic Materials


When Luxembourg-based AZ Electronic Materials was carved out of Clariant International and sold to a private equity firm, the new company was given one year to wean itself off its parent’s information technology (IT) system. AZ beat the clock by three months, working with partner Accenture to roll out SAP business software across nine countries and six manufacturing plants.

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Shifts in Payment Models for CAD Deployments


Given the recent desktop virtualization move for PTC Creo, it will be interesting to watch whether PTC will start offering subscriptions for some Creo apps (and Dassault Systèmes for SolidWorks). This is especially interesting in light of the recent move of Siemens Solid Edge to subscription licensing, and also since Autodesk is now offering its desktop and other design products on a pay-as-you-go

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Case Study: Natural Gas Company Builds Quotes in 15 Minutes and Pushes Up Sales Throughput by 20%


A leading developer of compressed natural gas fueling infrastructure needed a better and faster way to build sales proposals. With the company’s homegrown system, it took hours to build proposals, finance lacked margin visibility, there was plenty of room for sales reps errors, and there were reporting and analysis limitations. The company also wanted a simplified learning experience for its customers. It chose CallidusCloud CPQ (Configure Price Quote).

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The Change of Guard at Plex Systems


Given that in mid-2012 Plex Systems, the first software company to build a full-fledged cloud-based manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, was sold by Apax Partners to Francisco Partners and Accel Partners, it was not too surprising to hear about the early 2013 appointment of technology industry veteran Jason Blessing as the company’s chief executive officer (CEO). Such

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n.Skep


The n.SKEP solution suite enables a company to view, analyze, simulate, and understand all supply chain data. Supply chain managers are given a clear vision of the alternatives so they can easily make the right decisions. n.SKEP covers all supply chain processes at the strategic and tactical levels, as well as at the operation level, and enables drawing up multilevel forecasts, planning, optimization of distribution, and production. n.SKEP solutions enable information sharing between users via the intranet or Internet, warning them if any changes are made by anyone, and allowing synchronization of all relevant data. By using Single Click Collaborative technology, each click by a user enables immediate recalculation of all parameters impacted at all supply chain levels, while minimizing the number of clicks helps make n.SKEP more user friendly.  

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Agile ERP Vendor Ditches a Microsoft Dynamics CRM Alliance for, well, its own CRM Solution (Part I)


Writing about failed partnerships in the enterprise applications market is like writing about the sun setting in the evening and to the west, given almost daily occurrences of vendors announcing alliances that never materialize. However, it doesn't happen every day that a potential high-profile alliance gets called off at the 11th hour and in favor of an overlooked in-house solution. The

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Bridging the CRM Analysis Gap


On any given day, your interactions with a few strategic customers will make a huge long-term difference. But which few customers? A new type of analytic application, customer value management (CVM), answers the need to identify, analyze, and predict customer behavior. Using CVM enables companies to shift from campaign-centric to customer-centric analysis, and develop more individualized and profitable customer relationships.

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SAP Trying to Jam Dreamforce 2013’s Social Noise


Given that SAP’s foe salesforce.com has been very vocal about its Salesforce Chatter enterprise social network (ESN) offering, SAP might have decided to somewhat spoil the Dreamforce 2013 mega-conference buzz by announcing the success of its SAP Jam social software platform for businesses. A year ago, SAP launched the SAP Jam ESN platform and social business processes (by combining the best

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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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Working Together More Efficiently: Mapping Out the Company’s Business Processes


Enterprises must collaborate or they will surely stagnate. Guarded proprietary information has given way to collaborative approaches where information is shared both inside and outside the enterprise’s walls. To survive, an enterprise must be flexible enough to collaborate externally with suppliers and partners while fostering the same environment with its employers.

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