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Quote-to-order: New Ingredients in the Recipe for Success
Quote-to-order (Q2O) systems can address the increasing demand for personalized and customized products. Complex product specification, quoting, and ordering

new products proposals  to-order: New Ingredients in the Recipe for Success One of Technology Evaluation Centers' (TEC's) series of articles focused on an emerging class of front-office e-business and customer relationship management (CRM) applications aimed at managing what is being termed the lead-to-order, configure, price, quote (CPQ), or quote-to-order (Q2O) set of processes in the complex multichannel sales environment (see Q2O Systems: Solutions for Quotation Management and Pricing Configuration ). This software

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Product Development and Portfolio Management

The Product Development and Portfolio Management Knowledge Base covers the execution processes of new product development projects and programs, including phase-gate processes. It also addresses Product Portfolio Management (PPM), including the evaluation processes of new and existing products and product portfolios to provide the most valuable, balanced, and well aligned portfolio of products.  

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