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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

made to order engineered to order  one that is tailor made for the on-demand world. Bluewolf's practices incorporate three main areas: on-demand consulting, on-demand IT resourcing, and on-demand remote services. The partnership marks the fact that the SaaS market has moved beyond just CRM, and is now offering solutions for verticals such as manufacturing to enable them to realize the benefits of SaaS. The press release also adds that [t]he alliance will cover business in North America and Europe, Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA),

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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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