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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

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n a  N Model N’s revenue management solution solves critical business challenges for enterprise life sciences and high-tech companies by linking and automating the complexities of pricing processes, contract creation, rebate management, and regulatory compliance into a system of integrated applications that manage the end-to-end revenue life cycle. Revenue management aligns complex revenue processes for all departments involved—marketing, sales, and finance. Revenue management systems provide a compreh Read More

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n a  necessarily mean that companies need to create a detailed model of the n-tier supply chain and run optimization logic as they might within their own organization. Major practical challenges that have kept many companies from realizing the n-tier vision must be dealt with, specifically Understanding multi-channel demand Avoiding multi-counting Managing N-Tier Demand through Multiple Channels Figure 1—Multiple channels for single customer In an n-tier supply chain, demand to the supplier from a single Read More

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n a  (but when is there not for a niche company these days)? Another line of caveats might come from the relative nascence of ClickSoftware’s Mobility Suite of applications, as compared with those of Ventyx and Syclo . Let’s tackle these concerns piecemeal. TEC: For example, Ventyx Service Suite has many thousands of users (more than 100,000 users) reliably using Ventyx’s system over many years and many releases, as opposed to ClickMobile, which is just a year or two in existence. In other words, Read More

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