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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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10 Principles for Knowledge Management Success
Knowledge management (KM) can mean different things to an organization depending upon the nature of the initiative. KM is not a technology or set of

looking for example for a quote  find what they are looking for they will stop using the system. Principle 7: Don’t get hung up on the limitations Certain types of knowledge are very well suited to quickly harvesting into a knowledge base. Company processes or technical procedures are well suited for knowledge management. By populating a knowledge base with this type of information and making it available to employees and customers, an organization can shorten or even avoid many calls. Organizations can also use a KM system to access

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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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 quoting and ordering processes, decrease unit costs, and lower sales costs. Q2O suites can further help enterprises increase sales effectiveness across all channels. These solutions help companies that sell complex products and services shift their focus to customer-facing sales and service issues. 

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TEC Research Analyst Roundtable: Predictions for 2011


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Software for Real People Part One: MindManager Feature and Functions


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A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 4


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