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Global Vendor Negotiation Strategies
TechnologyEvaluation.Com has defined 6 global negotiation categories and macro questions that should be reviewed in preparation for any major technology

negotiation lewicki  Vendor Negotiation Strategies Introduction Negotiating a software and services license is a multi-faceted endeavor in which many aspects of the vendors' strengths and challenges should be leveraged to the purchasers' advantage. In order to maximize the value and time spent negotiating information technology contracts, a project negotiator should never walk into a vendor negotiation without a clear plan and a prioritized set of goals. With that in mind, TechnologyEvaluation.COM has developed a two Read More...
Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)
The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as or...
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Negotiating the Best Software Deal
TechnologyEvaluation.COM analysts have separated the software negotiation process into three discrete categories. All three are critical individually, yet

negotiation lewicki  the most basic software negotiation tip is to treat the process as a combined system rather than a discrete set of individual point negotiations. In other words, do not walk into the negotiation without a plan. Rather, the lead negotiator must have a definitive structure in mind that encompasses all three components of a software negotiation - product pricing, product maintenance and vendor service and support. All negotiations should be conducted from two different but related perspectives - an absolute Read More...
Know Thy Market Segment's Price Response
Since no variable can influence margins as much as pricing, almost all companies need to approach the management of selling prices, discretionary discounts, and

negotiation lewicki  for price optimization and negotiation guidance. The one-size-fits-all list price, coupled with the let the sales guy negotiate the best deal he can get pricing method, and further helped by a mega Microsoft Excel spreadsheet full of unexplainable exceptions and variations, is slowly being replaced by this data-driven approach. Also, given the growing awareness that a single item can have different prices for different customers and segments, a solid price management solution must take each Read More...
5 Common Hurdles During the ERP Selection Process-And How You Can Avoid Them
With so many different enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications on the market, selecting the right solution can be extremely time-consuming and daunting.

negotiation lewicki  Prior to beginning the negotiation process, your organization has to outline the desired goals of the negotiation. Unfortunately, many organizations skip this step and their only goal is to squeeze every last dime and get the lowest absolute price from the vendor. This tactic and lack of strategy may save up-front costs, but in the end may cost you much much more! Partnerships work best when both parties have an interest in seeing the other one succeed and it's a win-win scenario. In the negotiation Read More...
CallidusCloud Connections C3—Focusing on Sales and Marketing to “Lead to Money”
This year’s CallidusCloud Connections C3 conference in Las Vegas furthered CallidusCloud’s efforts to push the market awareness of its Lead to Money suite

negotiation lewicki  the customer in the negotiation process, with customers being educated by marketing materials rather than being tricked in buying through targeted marketing approaches from sellers. While giving customers more leverage may seem scary for salespeople, this ensures that the right customer will end up buying a company’s product, increasing the chances of contract renewal and satisfaction. That said, software alone will never suffice. A company’s approach and vision are also important when it comes to Read More...
Financial Reporting-Who Needs It?
Solid financial reporting applications are as different from run-of-the-mill reporting tools as financial accountancy is from bookkeeping. Organizations

negotiation lewicki  have to rely on negotiation or specific regulations to obtain it. Financial reporting applications can support the process of data summarization for the benefit of external users, while helping organizations to share information as necessary and comply with disclosure requirements. These tools can also help information workers and decision makers to analyze, format, and deliver financial data for measuring performance and improving the business decision process, fulfilling some specific functions for Read More...
SpringCM and SteelBrick Partner to Accelerate Sales Cycles
At the Salesforce1 World Tour event in Chicago, SpringCM, a content cloud services provider, and SteelBrick, a provider of easy-to-use configure, price, quote

negotiation lewicki  from contract generation through negotiation, approvals, and signature.   While no one can stop change (new products, shifting market windows, expanded sales teams, increasing competition, etc.), SpringCM and SteelBrick together strive to help companies eliminate the errors, friction, and frustration that come with that change. Apttus, Selectica, FPX , and other configure, price, quote, contract (CPQC) providers should watch out for this up and coming competitive combination. Read More...
A Couple of
As is the case with white papers, vendors' press releases (PR) can range from blatant bragging about the

negotiation lewicki  supplier innovation during the negotiation process, creating win-win situations that create value for both parties (not just squeezing supplier margins as usual), and addressing multiple (and often) conflicting objectives during their decision-making process to identify the optimal solution. Given the down economic environment that is again highlighting the important role of procurement in driving profitability for companies, CPOs and procurement VPs additionally have to achieve more actionable, Read More...
5-step CRM Software Selection Guide: A Pragmatist’s Guide to CRM Software Selections
Selecting a new enterprise customer relationship management (CRM) solution is an undertaking that requires careful planning and managed execution. And in fact

negotiation lewicki  Finally we address contract negotiation and closing the deal as the final step in the process. Throughout the paper and in the associated appendices we have included examples of actual tools we use during projects. Happy software hunting. 1. Requirements Definition: Requirements First – Software Second Selecting a new CRM software solution is often much like remodeling your house - painful, untimely and expensive - unless you carefully evaluate your requirements before you start. Done correctly, the Read More...
Quality Reassurance: How To Get What You Need from Acceptance Testing
Integrating a new system with your organization places new opportunities, and new risks, at the heart of your business. We look at the thinking and negotiation

negotiation lewicki  point of payment. That negotiation is typically around the length and flexibility of the period, and the way that the acquirer might assess the quality of the work done by the supplier. Sometimes, delivery date and payment date are both agreed upfront. If the delivery date moves, the payment date should move in step, protecting the time you need to assess the software as delivered. This arrangement is in the supplier's favor, particularly if payment is linked to a fixed live date, or if your organization Read More...
Mid-size Companies Have Full-size IT Issues
Information technology product selection is one issue that does not scale up or down with the size of the enterprise. The breadth and seriousness of issues that

negotiation lewicki  payment, Enable more aggressive negotiation of pricing for commodity goods, Increase ability to propagate data to diverse systems from a single point of capture. If this were the complete list of capabilities that are valuable, they represent all of the opportunities for increased business value and therefore provide the basis for computing the Return side of the Return on Investment Calculation. By documenting the way that these capabilities reduce cost or increase competitive advantage, business Read More...
Oracle - How to Disappoint Analysts by Doubling Profits
In September Oracle Corporation, the largest database provider and one of the largest providers of software applications for e-business, announced record

negotiation lewicki  other reason than getting negotiation leverage. Contact an Oracle sales representative for more information on Oracle Applications 11i , request a list of recent customers and ask them about the product. Understand what functionality you're interested in and investigate what Oracle Applications 11i can offer. Identify the requirements and related costs to upgrade your systems to support the added functionality. Be wary of pre-selling efforts and focus on the current release version. Existing users of Orac Read More...
Can ERP Meet Your eBusiness Needs? Part Three: The Effect of eBusiness on Your Business
The ability to market and sell to expanding markets can easily exceed a company's ability to fulfill the demand along with the expectations that are generated.

negotiation lewicki  tasks vendor selection and negotiation that adds the most value to the enterprise, typically it is the function on which they are able to devote the least amount of time. In an effort to automate and streamline the administrative efforts and to more carefully enforce spending policies, more and more companies have turned to Internet procurement. Internet procurement or eProcurement allows your employees to initiate purchase requisitions through an automated approval sequence that ultimately connects Read More...
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